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A 29-year-old member asked:

How can you get rid of a sinus infection fast?

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Dr. Neil Giddings
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Take antibiotics: "true sinus infections". , not a viral cold, are caused by bacterial infection of the air containing sinuses around the nose and benefit from antibiotics. If it is a viral infection it is usually self limiting in 5-7 days, and does not require antibiotics.
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Dr. Chris Hayes
Specializes in Family Medicine
See your doctor: Sinus infections are often viral, and viral illnesses last 7 to 10 days. You can take meds for symptoms, but there is nothing that can be done to shorten the length of a viral illness. If your sinus symptoms are caused by a bacterial infection or allergies, though, there may be prescription meds that can help. See your doctor to determine if any of these medicines might be appropriate for you.
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A 39-year-old member asked:

How can I get rid of a sinus infection quickly?

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Dr. Gary Steven
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 31 years experience
Improve drainage: Sinus health is all about drainage. Remove the thick, obstructing secretions with salt water rinses, take Pseudoephedrine or use oxymetazoline spray for a few days, and get an antibiotic if you have greenish secretions. The best thing to do is to see an allergist to see if allergies are the underlying cause, and to learn what to do to control the allergic inflammation as best as you can.
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A male asked:

How do I get rid of sinus infection over-the-counter

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Dr. Thomas Lamperti
Facial Plastic Surgery 22 years experience
Most : Most sinus infections are viral at first so using nasal decongestant spray for up to three days, decongestant pills, and/or saline lavage to rinse out the mucous can help clear the infection. Viral infections can take up to 7-10 days to clear. Of course, bacterial infections may require an antibiotic prescription to clear.
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A 43-year-old member asked:

How can I naturally get rid of my sinus infection?

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Dr. Tony Ho
Dr. Tony Hoanswered
Internal Medicine 15 years experience
Time: The vast majority of sinus infections are viral; care is purely supportive, and letting the body handle the infection. There is no evidence behind any "natural" remedies aside from this.
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A 43-year-old member asked:

What causes rid of a sinus infection?

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Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Antibiotics: Normal treatment of a sinus infection is a 7 day course of antibiotics, decongestants and drinking plenty of fluids. Nasal inhalation of steam and salt water irrigations can help alot as well.
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A 47-year-old member asked:

What do I do to get rid of a sinus infection if it does not respond to medication?

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Dr. David Dang
Radiology 15 years experience
Get reevaluated.: Maybe it's time to get reevaluated by your doctor or see an ENT specialist. It may not be infection but rhinitis or allergy. Maybe you're not getting the right or adequate treatments. Maybe there are structural problems in the sinuses. A doctor would be able to help.
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