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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
56 years experience Family Medicine
Consult your Doctor: Sinuses are air filled spaces that surround the nasal cavity, if infection gets in theses cavities than you have sinus infection.If you have sinus inf ... Read More

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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
35 years experience Infectious Disease
Usually viral: In most cases, you take decongestants and wait it out. Antibiotics are recommended only for severe cases (e.g. High fever or facial pain for at least ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
56 years experience Family Medicine
Need Antibiotics: Sinuses are air filled spaces that surround the nasal cavity, if infection gets in theses cavities than you have sinus infection.If you have sinus inf ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
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.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
37 years experience Family Medicine
Sinus infxn: Many are viral in origin; so antibiotics won't work & can create resistant organisms. Anti- inflammatory meds (nsaids) can help relieve pain & inflamm ... Read More
A 54-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vladimir Zuzukin
21 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Recurring sinusitis: Assuming you finished at least one successful complete course of abx, and sinusitis returns requiring more abx: Make sure you get nasal allergies agg ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tony Ho
Dr. Tony Ho answered
13 years experience Infectious Disease
Supportive care: Unless you've had your sinus infection for > 2 weeks or are having severe symptoms such as fever, antibiotics aren't indicated; just use pain relief a ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kyon Hood
Dr. Kyon Hood answered
19 years experience Pediatrics
It depends: Most ear infections are viral and don't need antibiotic therapy. Ibuprofen & acetaminophen may be taken for pain and a nasal decongestant may help ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Steven
29 years experience Pediatric Allergy and Asthma
Yes: Decongestants can be helpful, but rinsing the nose with salt water can be even more helpful. There are low-volume sprays available in the drug store s ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Linda Gromko
47 years experience Family Medicine
Facilitate drainage!: Getting the sinuses to drain is the first step.You can facilitate this by using Normal Saline sprays (simply saline) or a nettie pot. Steam helps, too ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anifat Balogun
28 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Ear Infection: You can take tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen to help with pain. Take whatever oral or topical antibiotics that your provider prescribed for the r ... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tarek Naguib
39 years experience Nephrology and Dialysis
Antibiotics: The only way to treat kidney infection is to take antibiotics. You mentioned kidney stones. They could cause antibiotic resistance. Need to discuss th ... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Suzanne Fiala
29 years experience Family Medicine
OTC measures: Vaginal yeast infection? First are you sure that's what it is? If you've had them before and are quite sure, try the otc topical creams like gyne-lo ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dale Tylor
18 years experience Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Not with antibiotics: These infections are really common and not fun to deal with. It's best to rest, sleep with the head higher than the heart, use saline irrigations (su ... Read More
A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Take antibiotics: These need 2B appropriate against bacteria causing infection. Means urine should be sent $ culture & sensitivities, then start broad spectrum antibiot ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Schuster
31 years experience Urogynecology
Call your Ob: If you are still breast feeding and think you have a bladder infection, call the obstetrician. Certain antibiotics can't be used while you are breast ... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Bowers
32 years experience Internal Medicine
Depends: Sometimes "sinus infection" is actually just the common cold, which is managed symptomatically with decongestants and analgesics. A true sinus infect ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Stanton
17 years experience Emergency Medicine
Get rechecked: You need to get it rechecked to... 1) make sure it is actually infected and not something else 2) that is isn't a more RAE type of infection such as ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chris Hayes
Specializes in Family Medicine
Cold symptoms > 10 d: Bacterial sinus infections are usually a complication of a head cold. If you've treated your head cold symptoms with over the counter medicines longer ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jane Eason
32 years experience Infectious Disease
Sinusitis: Acute sinus infections often are viral and do not need antibiotic therapy. Decongestants, nasal sprays, mucolytics, help reduce the inflammation and ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
56 years experience Family Medicine
Antobiotics ful cour: You need to consult your doctor or ENT specialist as you will need proper antibiotics by mouth in appropriate dose and full course, the ntibiotic has ... Read More
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