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How can i treat chronic sinus flare ups that don't let me breath?

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Dr. Sahba Ferdowsi
General Practice 18 years experience
Abx with decongest.: I would consult your primary care doctor. But you may need a course of antibiotics with a decongestant.
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 27 years experience
Maximal medical tx: "chronic sinusitis" is an episode of sinusitis that has been present for > three months. When i see patients with "chronic sinusitis, " i will treat them with a minimum of three weeks of antibiotics (augmentin), oral steroids (medrol dose pak), and nasal steroids (nasonex). I usually follow this with a ct of the sinuses. I do not use decongestants. This thickens secretions and may worsen symptoms.
Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine 60 years experience
Agree with Dr. meider. Also suggest workup by an allergy specialist to determine what you are allergic to and to give treatment e.g. desensitization injections. This may help get to the root of the problem and prevent recurring episodes.
Dec 6, 2011

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