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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Wilson
12 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Depends: Most "sinus infections" are actually viral upper respiratory infections that require time to heal. Acute bacterial sinusitis can be cured spontaneous ... Read More
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Dr. Richard Davidson
50 years experience Periodontics
Xylitol solution: Try inhaling a warm solution of 1/4 tsp xylitol in a pint of water into your nose-not into your lungs. Gargle with the same solution.
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Dr. Danny Proffitt
42 years experience Family Medicine
Observe: Most sinus infections do not require antibiotics. Sinusitis is an overtreated condition. Many uri's & colds are mis-diagnosed as a sinus infection. ... Read More
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Dr. Malina Milan
29 years experience Internal Medicine
Sinusitis: You can try using a netti pot to rinse your sinuses out, make sure to use boiled or bottled water for this. You can also try an over the counter decon ... Read More
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Dr. Joel Gallant
35 years experience Infectious Disease
Not recommended: Antibiotics are not recommended for sinus infections unless they are unusually long-lasting or severe. Use decongestants.
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Dr. Keith Ramsey
35 years experience Adolescent Medicine
How severe is it?: Unless you have a high fever or trouble breathing, you can usually give a cold or sinus infection 7-10 days to clear up. If it doesn't clear up in th ... Read More
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Dr. Mark Loury
38 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Give it time first: Normally a sinus infection has discolored drainage but clear drainage is also possible. An infection depends on the symptoms over time. Viral and ba ... Read More
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7-10 days: The VAST majority of sinus infections self resolve in 7-10 days and only need symptomatic treatment (pain relief & decongestants). If the symptoms ... Read More

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