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What exactly is sinus infections and how do we get them? Why do they return? Is it possible for it to be bronchitis

What exactly is sinus infections and how do we get them? Why do they return? Is it possible for it to be bronchitis

Sinuses: The paranasal sinuses are cavities in the skull lined by ciliated mucous membranes. They connect to the nose and throat. When they are partially obstructed they can become infected and this is called sinusitis. Bronchitis is completely different, and involves the passageway into the lungs. ...Read more

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Sinus (Definition)

In anatomy, a sinus is a cavity within a bone or other tissue. Most commonly found in the bones of the face and connecting with the nasal cavities. Sinus (anatomy), description of the general term paranasal sinuses, air cavities in the cranial bones, especially those near the nose, including: the maxillary sinuses, also called the maxillary antra and the largest of the ...Read more


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Can sinus infections get better on its own or do I need antibiotics?

Can sinus infections get better on its own or do I need antibiotics?

Decongestant vs abx: A true sinus infection, with bacterial overgrowth, face pain, fever, etc would need abx and need managed by a physician. Sinus congestion would best be managed by decongestants. I suggest an evaluation by a qualified healthcare provider if you have any concerns. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have had 2 sinus infections in less than 2 months and also bronchitis. My family and i keep getting sick. Is there anything to do to prevent this.

I have had 2 sinus infections in less than 2 months and also bronchitis. My family and i keep getting sick. Is there anything to do to prevent this.

Possibly: You can try to humidify your airways with cool mist humidifier, you can use a netti cup to irrigate your sinuses. Wash your hands often, and eat lots of vegetables and fruit. If it continues, you should have your immune system checked as well as allergy testing. ...Read more

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My 9 month old has constant sinus infections(4 in the last 3 months) and antibiotics don't help any suggestions on what I should do?

My 9 month old has constant sinus infections(4 in the last 3 months) and antibiotics don't help any suggestions on what I should do?

Yes: If you are breastfeeding stop all dairy in your diet. See a craniosacral therapist. It helps promote drainage and resolve sinus infections. See a chinese medicine practitioner. Herbs can help. Homeopathy can help. The first two things I do are eliminate dairy and gluten from the diet... ...Read more

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What can b done for chronic sinus infections? I normally suck it up, but it's getting more painful. Also don't like to take antibiotics.

What can b done for chronic sinus infections? I normally suck it up, but it's getting more painful. Also don't like to take antibiotics.

ENT: See an ENT. You need to have a full eval which met include CT scan, endoscopy, and or Allergy testing . Depending on the results a proper intervention can be recommended to help you brake the cycle. ...Read more

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Is the medication ceftin a mild or major antibiotic for sinus infections?

Is the medication ceftin a mild or major antibiotic  for sinus infections?

That depends....: Ceftin (cefuroxime axetil) is a 2nd generation cephalosporin antibiotic (there are 4 generations now). It is commonly given for infections across the lungs, sinuses, gut, and skin. Mild or major, depends on perspective but overall i would say that antibiotics are over-prescribed. The key at this point is to finish the course you were given. ...Read more

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What are some treatments for sinus infections in addition to antibiotics?

What are some treatments for sinus infections in addition to antibiotics?

Sinus treatment: Yes, medications like decongestants( sprays and tablets) help decrease swelling allowing drainage. Saline spray helps to clean the nose of germs, pus, etc. It also acts as mild decongestant. Nasal steroid sprays may help. Steroid pills may help by decreasing swelling and inflammation. Chronic infection is treated with surgery. ...Read more

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Is there a test for sinus infections? How does dr. Know when to prescribe antibiotics?

Is there a test for sinus infections?  How does dr. Know when to prescribe antibiotics?

Overall picture: A number of exam findings can suggest a sinus infection especially if >1 of them present eg "red streak sign" next to uvula, fever, swollen glands in the neck, pain with tapping over sinuses. History gives clues; eg symptoms were improving (eg virus) but suddenly worsened (secondary infection). Even if sinus infection, may not need antibiotics: if early, sometimes neti-pot & nasal steroid work. ...Read more

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Can an antibiotic sinus rinse be used in place of oral antibiotics for people who have chronic uris and sinus infections?

Can an antibiotic sinus rinse be used in place of oral antibiotics for people who have chronic uris and sinus infections?

Yes: It is a good option for those who can't tolerate a long course (more than three weeks) of antibiotic or have another reason why they can't take the oral form. It can also be used in conjunction with a steroid mixed in the rinse. This might be the only option for some who have chronic sinus disease and whom surgery is not an option (or they are trying to avoid surgery). It is a worth a try. ...Read more

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Wife has had 3 sudden onset sinus infections since October. Each has required a course of antibiotics. Worried that not getting rid of this. Ideas?

Wife has had 3 sudden onset sinus infections since October. Each has required a course of antibiotics. Worried that not getting rid of this. Ideas?

Frequent Sinus Rinse: If she isn't already doing sinus irrigation twice a day she would really benefit from starting. Kits are available at the pharmacy. Warm water is mixed with pre-measured packets in a squeeze bottle then squirted several times in each nostril. Once you get used to doing it it really feels good and can help tremendously! ...Read more

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Bronchitis (Definition)

It is an inflammation of the mucous membranes of the bronchi (the larger and medium-sized airways that carry airflow from the trachea into the more distal parts of the lung parenchyma). It may be infectious and require antibiotics, or steroid like meds to help treat it. (it can be acute ...Read more


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Sinus Pain (Definition)

Sinus pain is a symptom in which a person has pain in the sinus spaces of the face. The sinuses are hollow spaces in the facial bones, with the largest spaces in each cheekbone and in the forehead. Sinus infections can cause sinus pressure, sinus pain, headaches, fever, cloudy ...Read more


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