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I have been on antibiotics for a sinus infection for almost 3 days and not feeling any better. Why is this?

I have been on antibiotics for a sinus infection for almost 3 days and not feeling any better. Why is this?

Possibly....: It is possible you have a viral infection. If that is the case, it should run it's course over the next 7 days or so. If your symptoms are getting worse, then see your doctor again. You may need to se an ENT doctor for a full evaluation, especially if your symptoms are worsening.

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Dr. Suzanne Galli
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I was told to take all my antibiotics for a sinus infection I took them for 2 weeks and forgot to take them for 3 weeks. Do I start taking them again?

I was told to take all my antibiotics for a sinus infection I took them for 2 weeks and forgot to take them for 3 weeks. Do I start taking them again?

Probably not: Taking them now would be like taking 2 subeffective courses - you should actually see your doctor if your symptoms are not fully resolved and if they return do not just start your leftovers.

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Is it ok to have cateract surgery if you are on antibiotics for a sinus infection?

Is it ok to have cateract surgery if you are on antibiotics for a sinus infection?

Instructions: No, it not save to have any intervention on face if you have a sinus infection required antibiotic. Please cancel this surgery.

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Is it safe to use a Neti pot when also taking antibiotics for a sinus infection?

Is it safe to use a Neti pot when also taking antibiotics for a sinus infection?

Yes: no problem, it will help clearing the nasal passages and open up sinuses openings, good luck

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Can I ask my rheumatologist for a prescription of antibiotics for a sinus infection?

Can I ask my rheumatologist for a prescription of antibiotics for a sinus infection?

Sure: You can always ask. If your rheumatologist is comfortable treating you then they will tell you. If not then he/she will tell you and advise you who to contact (most likely your primary care physician).

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Is doxycycline one of the better antibiotics for a sinus infection? If so, what is the optimal dose?

Is doxycycline one of the better antibiotics for a sinus infection? If so, what is the optimal dose?

Not particularly: Usual dose 100 mg q12 Hrs. Anti=against, bio=life; all antibiotics are poisons, selected single molecules that (hopefully) don't bother our cells much, yet suppress/kill growth of unwanted cells in locations which create trouble for us after primary immune system not doing its job well. Azithromycin, up to 2,000 mg day 1, single dose, usually more effective, yet always depends on what's going on.

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I'm on antibiotics for a sinus infection I wake up a week later and feel like my throat is caked with mucus and I'm on a nasal spray ?

Poor Control: Recurrent sinus infections and persistent post-nasal drip indicates that your rhinitis symptoms are not well controlled. Suggest seeing an Allergist to maximize control. You might benefit from allergen avoidance measures, additional nasal sprays, medications that can dry membranes, or possibly allergy shots.

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Can you tell me about antibiotic for a sinus infection?

Can you tell me about antibiotic for a sinus infection?

Sinusitis: Acute sinus infections often are viral and do not need antibiotic therapy. Decongestants, nasal sprays, mucolytics, help reduce the inflammation and help secretions drain and resolve the infection. If symptoms persist for more than 2-3 weeks, it might be necessary to consider antibiotics for bacterial infection. A variety of antibiotics may be used, you should discuss with your provider.

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What is the most successful antibiotic for a sinus infection?

What is the most successful antibiotic for a sinus infection?

Depends: There is no one antibiotic that is the best. It all depends on each situation. But i can tell you that zpack is particularly not good for a sinus infection (its better for lower respiratory infections). Unfortunately everyone loves taking in because you only have to take it for 5 days.

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Can you tell me, are antibiotics making my sinus infection worse?

Can you tell me, are antibiotics making my sinus infection worse?

If: Documented sinus infection, the right antibiotic should help. Sometimes bacteria become resistant to a abx, talk to your ENT and check sensitivity of bacteria. Good luck.

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What would happen if I took one dose of an antibiotic for a sinus infection?

What would happen if I took one dose of an antibiotic for a sinus infection?

Nothing good: Sinus infection require at least 10 days of antibiotic to clear an infection in some patients with long standing chronic infections 14 to a month! Taking 1 pill does nothing but make it possible to develop antibiotic resistance

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What are the dangers of not taking your antibiotics for your sinus infection?

What are the dangers of not taking your antibiotics for your sinus infection?

Extension of infecti: If you have an infection, antibiotics are an assist to your body to eliminate the infection. Your body defenses are still present and you may defeat the infection without antibiotic help. The risks are that the infection may invade deeper, become chronic or set up scar tissue changes making you more symptomatic and more likely to get an infection in the future. There is a slight risk of invasio.

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Is it safe to take any antibiotic for a sinus infection?

Is it safe to take any antibiotic for a sinus infection?

No: Antibiotics that are prescribed for sinus infections are targeted to the most common bacteria that cause them. Not all antibiotics treat the same type of bacteria.

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Can I continue to use my neilmed since rinse when I'm on antibiotics for my sinus infection?

Can I continue to use my neilmed since rinse when I'm on antibiotics for my sinus infection?

Very much so: As there is already data that suggests saline irrigation may reduce the need for pain medication and improve overall patient comfort during acute sinusitis.

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I was told to take all my antibiotics for my sinus infection, I missed a few weeks . Do I get back on them .?

Do not recommend: I am not sure if you mean you missed a few doses and it has been a few weeks and you are now feeling poorly again, or if you were supposed to be on the antibiotics for weeks. Either way, if you missed doses and you are not feeling well again, i would recommend you go back to your doctor because the bacteria are more likely to be resistant to the antibiotic you were on, and less likely to work.

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Dr. Marvin Ott
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