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A 34-year-old member asked:

might it be that a sinus infection turn into anything worse?

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Dr. Kevin Owoc
Prosthodontics 19 years experience
Yes: A sinus infeciton can turn into a fungal infection, which can be very difficult to treat. In certain cases, due to the severity of a fungal infection, some individuals have had to have major resections of their jaw in order to erradicate the fungal infection. So, i don't recommend you putting off dealing with a sinus infection. If you have one, get seen by a sinus specialist asap. Keep smiling.

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A 35-year-old member asked:

What are the odds of having complications from a sinus infection if you don't get it treated?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Dennis Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
Low odds: The odds of a local, orbital or intracranial complication from sinus disease is low in this day and age but we still do see a few cases a year. The orbit is the structure most commonly involved by spread of sinus infection. Intracranial complications occur about 4% of patients hospitalized with sinusitis.
A 50-year-old member asked:

My husband has been battling a sinus infection. What can I do to help?

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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 27 years experience
Antibiotics: The term battling means it has not been responding to conservative measures. A course of antibiotics and even steroids would be beneficial.
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A 18-year-old member asked:

What should if I do if I think I have a sinus infection?

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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 27 years experience
Meds: If symptoms have been less than a week.. It may just be a cold... Wait it out and treat symptoms. If symptoms longer than a week with facial pain/pressure/ nasal drainage/sore throat... May be a sinus infection... Best to get some antibiotics.
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A 25-year-old member asked:

Suspect I have a sinus infection. Will it go away on its own or do I need to see the doctor?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Observe: Most sinus infections do not require antibiotics. Sinusitis is an overtreated condition. Many uri's & colds are mis-diagnosed as a sinus infection. Sinus pressure & pain may not be an actual sinus infection. Inflammation of the nasal passages & of the linining of the sinuses causes pain and discomfort but infection by bacteria may not be present. Fever &pain & purulent discharg = see the md.
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A 42-year-old male asked:

Can a sinus infection get worse if OTC meds are not working?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Borookhim
Geriatrics 25 years experience
Yes it can. You : Might need antibiotics if it is a true infection. See your doctor.

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