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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
51 years experience in Internal Medicine
See answer: Neither Bactrim or Cipro (ciprofloxacin) are recommended for Acute Bacterial Sinusitis. Most cases get better without antibiotics. For cases requirin ... Read More

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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sahba Ferdowsi
17 years experience in General Practice
See an ENT: I would recommend seeing an ENT specialist to consult whether you need surgery.
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Jakubowicz
21 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Ear fullness: Ear fullness can be associated with sinusitis. If you have migraine, dizziness, tinnitus and even intermittent hearing loss can be associated.
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Gordon
Specializes in Adolescent Medicine
Yes: Usually treated medically with decongestants and antibiotics. If recurrent, you you might have mechanical blockage at osteo-meatal-complex and need su ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Loury
38 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Duration: In either type of sinusitis the symptoms are the same. Even 60% of bacterial sinusitis clear without antibiotics. Bacterial infections show in three ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luis Villaplana
34 years experience in Internal Medicine
Pain: As a year long allergy sufferer, i can understand this problem first hand. Post nasal drip is annoying to you and frustrating to treat for us. Please ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Su Fairchild
23 years experience in Integrative Medicine
Neti pot: Consider using a neti pot. You can also add a drop or two of sski or lugol's to the salt water. Too much iodine can make it sting. Rinse sinuses twice ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Allen Seely
30 years experience in General Practice
Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) for sinus: Amoxicillin-clavulanate (augmentin) is considered a 'drug of choice' for acute sinusitis. However, a longer course of antibiotics is required for sin ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Audrey Rogers
34 years experience in Pediatrics
Skull vs lungs.: Sinus infections are usually viral , and they involve the cavities in your skull that make your skull lighter. They can get filled with fluid when y ... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Fisher
33 years experience in Neurology
Maybe and no: If plain sinus films suggest an infection in e.g. the frontal sinuses, the usual next step is a CT scan. Diagnosis of sphenoid sinusitis usually requi ... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Burns
36 years experience in Emergency Medicine
Only: If it is a bacterial infection. Most upper respiratory infections however, are viral and many people mistake a viral rhinnitis for sinusitis and take ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
41 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
Sinusitis + allergy: Allergies are one of the commonest causes of sinusitis, or sinus infections. This happens because nasal allergies make the membranes inside the nasal ... Read More
A 51-year-old male asked:
Dr. Daniel Rubenstein
50 years experience in Dentistry
Sinus infection: In the case of multiple infections, it may take multiple ecaluations to discover a cause and cure. Check with your dentist to make sure no other teet ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
26 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Yes: Many times asthma can be worsened with sinus drainage and in the right circumstances lead to a lung infection.. Either bronchitis or pneumonia.
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
36 years experience in Family Medicine
Could be: True sinus infections are not very contagious. Many upper respiratory infections are mistaken for sinus infections these are more contagious.
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
24 years experience in Ophthalmology
Can be, yes: Can be, yes, if due to a virus which can be contagious: ie, from adenovirus.
A female asked:
Dr. M. Hytham Beck
42 years experience in General Surgery
See ENT: you need to see ENT they can help you with this question and they can take care of it as well
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marino Tavarez
Specializes in Family Medicine
That is a million: dollar question! In theory - allergies are cause by environmental triggers and cause inflammation. A sinus infection is caused by a bug - virus, fungu ... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
36 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Time: Almost all bacterial sinus infections occur following a viral upper respiratory infection. In the first several days following a cold the sinuses inf ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. John McMahan
47 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Sinus infections: Colds and flues, allergies, deviated nasal septums and even gerd can contribute to sinusitis. If you get frequent infections see your ENT to sort out ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Knox
36 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Recurrent Sinus Infe: Clarithromycin is acceptable. Unless you are allergic to penicillin, Amoxicillin is the drug choice. If you have taken antibiotics within the past six ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
59 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Between the eyes: The ethmoid sinuses are between the eyes and are commonly the result of viral and or bacterial infections starting in the nose. The answer to your qu ... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marney Gundlach
26 years experience in Pediatrics
I'm : I'm not sure if i'm understanding your question completely - the "flu" - also known as influenza - is a virus that can cause runny nose, cough, vomiti ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mike Bowman
18 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Vertigo & sinusitis: There is not a direct connection, however a bad sinus infection can sometimes put extra pressure on the ears which can contribute to dizziness. If yo ... Read More
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