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Dr. Martin Raff
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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


Dr. Mark Kuhnke
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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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Dr. Seth Black
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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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Dr. Robert Stachler
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What kind of antibiotics can be used for sinus infections that are not typical?

What kind of antibiotics can be used for sinus infections that are not typical?

Sinus infection: The choice of antibiotics to treat sinus infections is a complex one. If a patient has never had an antibiotic one would choose an antibiotic based on the likely bacteria to be found in the sinus. First choice antibiotics are amoxicillin, erythromycin, and a first generation. Cephalosporin, like keflex. If you have seen an antibiotic before:augmentin, biaxin, clidamycin, and Levaquin are good. ...Read more

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Dr. Cornelia Franz
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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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Are there any good ways to prevent frequent sinus infections with bronchitis?

Are there any good ways to prevent frequent sinus infections with bronchitis?

Keep the nose workin: Over the counter decongestants regularly, a vaporizor at bed time, salene nasal spray. The nose is the guardian of your lungs. As sure as you plug up your nose you may be looking at the bronchitis. ...Read more

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Dr. Farhad Sigari
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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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Dr. David Mann
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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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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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