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I used my longtime boyfriends nasal spray today because I caught a nasty cold that he had a few days ago. What's my risk for sinus infection?

I used my longtime boyfriends nasal spray today because I caught a nasty cold that he had a few days ago. What's my risk for sinus infection?

Nasal spray: would not use someone else's spray due to risk of
spreading infection plus the spray is meant for treatment of allergies. You should be evaluated if you think you have sinus infection or a cold ...Read more

Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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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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Have sinus infection took augmetin 10 days & steroid nasal spray then sinus started to smell bad, got refil augmetin 10 more days sinus still smell bad?

Have sinus infection took augmetin 10 days & steroid nasal spray then sinus started to smell bad, got refil augmetin 10 more days sinus still smell bad?

Time to culture: Including bacterial and fungal cultures. Empiric antibiotics are over used, and not all sinusitis starts with microbes, but when antimicrobials are used, the resistant strains find a happy home with no competition for food and neighborhood. ...Read more

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2 wks of ABs for sinus infection its now gone. Still very inflamed, sore and dry nose. Prescribed Beclometasone nasal spray. Right choice?

2 wks of ABs for sinus infection its now gone. Still very inflamed, sore and dry nose. Prescribed Beclometasone nasal spray. Right  choice?

Should be fine: Yes, any steroid nose spray should help symptoms. Can also use with a salt water rinse. Do the salt water rinse first, then use nose spray - point outwards and back toward ear, use twice a day ...Read more

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Diagnosed today with sinus infection & prescribed omnaris nasal spray. Do nasal steroids have same effects on bipolar disorder as other steroid forms?

Diagnosed today with sinus infection & prescribed omnaris nasal spray. Do nasal steroids have same effects on bipolar disorder as other steroid forms?

Highly unlikely: The absorbed dose is low, so i would not expect it to cause problems. I have only seen psych problems from oral steroids, and once from a steroid injection. No need to worry. ...Read more

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When I laugh hard, I develop phlegm in my throat. I had a sinus infection and been using nasal spray till now. Why does phlegm occur after laughed?

When I laugh hard, I develop phlegm in my throat. I had a sinus infection and been using nasal spray till now. Why does phlegm occur after laughed?

It moves around/out!: I'm speaking from personal experience only. Any big movement in the upper respiratory tract - laugh, cough, nose blow, big gasp, etc. moves the existing mucus and can break off sections of it allowing it to be expectorated (good!). It doesn't develop at that time - it becomes free to get out. ...Read more

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I just had a bad cold and I think a sinus infection I treated with nasal spray.All symptoms went away But now my cheek bone and upper teeth throbbing?

Dr. Al Hegab Dr. Hegab
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I just had a  bad cold and I think a sinus infection I treated with nasal spray.All symptoms went away But now my cheek bone and upper teeth throbbing?

See your doctor: May be just congested sinus or you may need an antibiotic, continue the nasal wash and pain killers in the interim, good luck ...Read more

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My left ear feels like it is clogged how can I relieve this? I went to the doctor on monday and he treated me for a sinus infection. He gave me anti-biotics and nasal spray. I seem to be doing better except for my left ear feels like it is clogged and whe

My left ear feels like it is clogged how can I relieve this? I went to the doctor on monday and he treated me for a sinus infection. He gave me anti-biotics and nasal spray. I seem to be doing better except for my left ear feels like it is clogged and whe

This : This is likely due to eustachian tube problems caused by the sinus infection. The antibiotics will clear the infection and help with the inflammation. The nasal spray is possible a steroid spray to decrease inflammation, or a decongestant to decrease edema. The positional component to the symptoms could be due to mucous in the middle ear. Sometimes ear symptoms take a while to clear even after the sinus issues are over. ...Read more

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My daughter had been in excruciating pain for 2 days. The urgent care dr said it was a bad sinus infection. The pain is in her head and ears. She is taking percoset for the pain, nasal spray with a steroid and antibiotcs. The persoset does not take any of

My daughter had been in excruciating pain for 2 days. The urgent care dr said it was a bad sinus infection. The pain is in her head and ears. She is taking percoset for the pain, nasal spray with a steroid and antibiotcs. The persoset does not take any of

If : If her pain is persisting even with pain medication, then she needs to go back to her primary for a follow up and a change in medication. By the date of this post almost a week has passed, so hopefully she is better by now, so for you and anyone reading this post no one should ever have to deal with excrutiating pain, especially because it can mean something more serious is going on. Always seek medical help in situations like this. ...Read more

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What do you take for over-the-counter sinus infection (no nasal spray) "I get headaches from them"?

What do you take for over-the-counter sinus infection  (no nasal spray) "I get headaches from them"?

Oral meds / Neti: Nothing really works well, but for intermittent congestion you could use an oral decongestant such as phenylephrine or pseudoephedrine. Talk to your pharmacist. Could also use nasal rinses or washes (Neti pot) or a nasal saline spray. ...Read more

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I am experiencing difficulty breathing through nose (side: both) . I had a sinus infection which never went away. Depending on nasal spray to breathe?

I am experiencing  difficulty breathing through nose (side: both) . I had a sinus infection which never went away. Depending on nasal spray to breathe?

See allergist: If you are using OTC nasal decongestant sprays regularly you may be having a rebound nasal congestion. You need to consult an allergist who may order a CT sinus scan on you to confirm whether sinusitis is present. Even more importantly, your allergist can help you wean off of your OTC nasal spray. ...Read more

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I’m on prednisone 30mg/day for sinusitis. Forgot to ask Dr. whether I can continue taking ACC200, sinutab & beclomethasone nasal spray which were prescribed last week? Also. What should I look out for if infection arises while on prednisone?

I’m on prednisone 30mg/day for sinusitis. Forgot to ask Dr. whether I can continue taking ACC200, sinutab & beclomethasone nasal spray which were prescribed last week?

Also. What should I look out for if infection arises while on prednisone?

Prednisone: Generally beclomethasone spray can be eliminated while on oral prednisone, as well as other meds mentioned. Infection? Persistent discolored nasal discharge, facial pain. Afrin or similar decongestant may help keep sinus ostia open, saline irrigations help as well. No smoking, no alcohol, no particulate exposure. ...Read more

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What is an equally effective over-the-counter alternative to the nasal spray astepro used for chronic sinus infections cost is a factor. ?

What is an equally effective over-the-counter alternative to the nasal spray astepro used for chronic sinus infections cost is a factor. ?

Unfortunately there : Is nothing cheaper that may be as effective as Astepro intranasally speaking. There are several pills by mouth that may help but not be as effective if it has worked good for you. ...Read more

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I'm finishing a round of sulfa for a sinus infection. Feeling much better. inside of my nose is raw,crusty,bloody & so painful. Using saline spray?

I'm finishing a round of sulfa for a sinus infection.  Feeling much better. inside of my nose is raw,crusty,bloody & so painful.   Using saline spray?

Yes: Saline spray can help tremendously. If using mist, use throughout the day (at least 6-8 times) and if using irrigation (neti-pot), use at least twice/day. Can also apply petrolatum intranasally (Vaseline or Aquaphor). ...Read more

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6wks pregnant with sinus infection. What can I do to help it go away? Saline nasal spray isn't doing a thing.

6wks pregnant with sinus infection. What can I do to help it go away? Saline nasal spray isn't doing a thing.

Chicken soup...: Yeah it sounds funny but proven helpful in mobilizing mucus. Steaming in the shower with a washcloth over your face works well to open airways as well.
A vaporizer at the bedside with plain water is good too.
If you are running a fever and are just miserable, go see your doctor for some antibiotics. ...Read more

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I am 31 weeks pregnant and have a really bad sinus infection, what kind of over the counter nasal spray can I take?

I am 31 weeks pregnant and have a really bad sinus infection, what kind of over the counter nasal spray can I take?

Neosynephrine: has been around for a long time and no poblems in Pregnancy have surfaced as fat as I know! (One study I was able to find showed a statistical association but not an "impressive one!) HOWEVER EVERY medication OTC or Prescribed MUST BE CHECKED OUT with your OB-GYN provider! HE/SHE has the final and ONLY opinion which should matter to you

Hope this is helpful
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I have a sinus infection that is causing horrible pain in the maxillary area and my ears are clogged. Safe to use a nasal spray while breastfeeding?

I have a sinus infection that is causing  horrible pain in the maxillary area and my ears are clogged. Safe to use a nasal spray while breastfeeding?

Yes.: The saline sinus sprays are completely fine. Things like afrin (oxymetazoline) work on the blood vessels to decrease their size. This type of medicine also can work on the blood vessels of the breast to decrease milk production. It is more of a problem when you take a decongestant by mouth but still a small risk. Check out lacmed app as a resource for meds and breast feeding. Feel better! ...Read more

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I have nasonex (mometasone) and astelin (nasal spray) but I am not sure wich one will be the best for sinus congestion. Please suggest me which one to take.

I have nasonex (mometasone) and astelin (nasal spray) but I am not sure wich one will be the best for sinus congestion. Please suggest me which one to take.

They are different: The best first line treatment should include saline nasal irrigation and nasal steroid spray. The steroid spray is long acting and takes affect over the first few weeks of use. The steroid spray helps decrease long term nasal inflammation. Astelin is a topical antihistamine ( like claritin) and can be used in conjunction for symptomatic relief. ...Read more

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I have a sinus infection and normal saline does not work for me is it safe to use nasal four it says it contains phenylephrine hci 1%?

I have a sinus infection and normal saline does not work for me is it safe to use nasal four it says it contains phenylephrine hci 1%?

Sinus: As long as you have no heart disease or blood pressure issues you can use the spray for three days then stop it as it can cause rebound swelling. Also consider a sinus rinse ...Read more

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How to tell if I have nasal cancer or just a sinus infection?

How to tell if I have nasal cancer or just a sinus infection?

See your doctor: You need a good history and physical exam and maybe labs and/or x-rays. If you smoke, please quit. ...Read more

Dr. James Krick
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


Dr. Lynne Weixel
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Sinusitis (Definition)

A condition caused by an inflammation or swelling of the tissue lining your sinuses. Acute sinusitis usually starts with coldlike symptoms such as a runny, stuffy ...Read more