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I'm sorry to hear about your problems. It must be difficult living with Samter's Triad. Before I give you any advice about other treatments, I need to know if you take any other medications or have any other medical conditions or allergies? Also can you confirm you are not pregnant.
Thanks for that. Sometimes a nasal decongestant such as Afrin spray will not be effective if it can't reach the area of inflammation/congestion. There are a couple of other options in these cases. The first is to take an anti-inflammatory such as Ibuprofen. Now in your case, I wouldn't recommend this as you are already taking one (aspirin) and have a history of stomach issues (Prilosec), and a history as asthma. The other option is to take an oral decongestant. Something like pseudoephedrine or phenylephrine would work well. Oral decongestants can be a problem with poorly controlled thyroid conditions, but if your hypothyroidism is well controlled then they should be safe. Keep in mind that these oral decongestants are stimulants and can keep you awake if taken at night time.
Also just to clarify, it sounds like the mucous is in your middle ear (which my information above was based on). If there is excessive discharge/wax in the external ear canal then wax softening drops can be instilled into the ear (if the ear drum is in tact).
Another option which comes to mind is any older fashioned oral antihistamine which you can buy over the counter at a pharmacy without a prescription. Something like chlorpheniramine or diphenhydramine tablets/capsules may help. They have 'anticholinergic' or drying properties and may help dry up secretions in the nasal passages, sinuses and middle ear. They can be sedating and some people may feel a little drained whilst taking these. They are safe to take with all of your current medications.
I hope you find some relief either way Kathleen. I know how much even something as simple as hayfever can affect someones quality of life. I can't imagine what it must be like to live with those symptoms and more constantly.
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