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A 32-year-old female asked:

is it possible to have viral sinusitis? viral bronchitis? i have sinusitis & bronchitis. took last dose of cipro (ciprofloxacin) & still not feeling better.

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Dr. Patrick Kohlitz
Internal Medicine 11 years experience
Yes!: Absolutely yes, in fact most cases of sinusitis are more so related to allergies and viral infections which are unaffected by antibiotics. Most cases need time and supportive treatment such as cough medicines and antihistamines.
Dr. James Lin
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Agreed. Unfortunately, antibiotic overuse has resulted from serving political, not professional, correctness of social pressure so none would take personal responsibility and will be blamed. So, always work closely with Doc.
Nov 15, 2014
Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 24 years experience
Yes: Most bronchitis is viral in nonsmokers under about 55. Vaporizer and symptomatic treatment best.
Dr. Georgia Latham
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Viral or bacterial: Sinusitis and bronchitis can be caused by viruses or bacteria. Cipro (ciprofloxacin) is an antibiotic. If your symptoms are not better, it is possible the illness is viral, but it is also possible that bacteria resistant to Cipro (ciprofloxacin) are causing the sinusitis. Another possibility is that the course of Cipro (ciprofloxacin) was not long enough. The sinuses have poor blood supply, are not well penetrated by antibiotics.

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