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A 28-year-old female asked:

i have severe sinus pressure with very little congestion, usual remedies arent helping. mucus is thick & sticky, waking with rheum, what could cause?

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Dr. Howard Schneider
Pediatric Dentistry 34 years experience
Sinus infection: Is most likely cause. See you medical doctor or ear, nose and throat specialist for an evaluation. If infection is present then an antibiotic may be needed.

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How does Benadryl (diphenhydramine) help reduce allergy symptoms?

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A 35-year-old member asked:

Does z-pack always work for my sinus infections?

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Dr. John McClay
Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Often not always: A z-pack, or 3 to 5 day course or zithromax (azithromycin) has been a commonly used antibiotic for over 15 years. It penetrates into the tissue well and stays there longer than other antibiotcs, so you can take it for only 5 days. But resistance by bacteria is dramatic because of this "hanging around". However it often makes you feel better because it has great anti-inflammatory properties too.

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