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How do I find out what is the best thing to do for a sinus infection?

How do I find out what is the best thing to do for a sinus infection?

Usually viral: In most cases, you take decongestants and wait it out. Antibiotics are recommended only for severe cases (e.g. High fever or facial pain for at least 3-4 days) or cases lasting for at least 10 days. ...Read more

Dr. Erik Borncamp
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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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What is the best thing to take for a sinus infection or sore throat while pregnant?

What is the best thing to take for a sinus infection or sore throat while pregnant?

Saline sprays/drops: Normal saline sprayed into the nose, or instilled by a nettie pot are safe in pregnancy and may give you significant relief. If you need antibiotics, make sure your prescriber knows you are pregnant, as not all antibiotics are safe in pregnancy. Avoid medicinal sprays unless cleared by your health care provider. You may want to get a throat culture or rapid strep test. ...Read more

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What is the best thing to do when you have a recurring sinus infection?

What is the best thing to do when you have a recurring sinus infection?

Limit exposures: Several things contribute to chronic sinus problems. Most issues are not truly infections, but usually more congestion. Avoid smoking and smoke exposure, explore allergies, consider nasal saline irrigation, and avoiding dairy products for 2 weeks (most adults have some version of milk allergy).Sometimes, recurrent issues can be from lacking some immunologic factors (iga, etc) so labs may help identify. ...Read more

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What's the best OTC med for a sinus infection.

Sinusitis: You can irrigate with saline through a neti-pot, use a nasal spray and an oral decongestant like pseudoephedrine. Ask your friendly pharmacist for this. The problem is that this will not directly treat the organisms responsible for the infection of the sinus and may make you at risk of significant complications. Recommend you see an ENT doctor. ...Read more

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What's the best way to treat a sinus infection?

What's the best way to treat a sinus infection?

Get an antibiotic: There are antibiotics made just for sinus infections. Surprisingly, not all types of antibiotics work for all parts of the body in the same way. See your doctor for the proper prescription. ...Read more

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What's best used to take care of a sinus infection?

What's best used to take care of a sinus infection?

Tincture of time?: Most acute sinus infections are viral and can get better on their own in 10-14 days. If they are not improving by 7-10 days, then you may need an antibiotic for a bacterial infection. Using afrin/oxymetazoline (no more than 3 days in a row) can open the sinuses for better drainage. Salt water irrigations are amazing. Infections can become chronic with fluctuating symptoms that can be prolonged. ...Read more

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What is the best medicine to control a sinus infection?

What is the best medicine to control a sinus infection?

Prescription Meds: If you truley have an infection then antibiotics prescribed to you, plus/minus steroids oral and or nasal. Nasal rinses can be helpful. Get evaluated ...Read more

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Please tell me what the best medicine is for sinus infection?

Please tell me what the best medicine is for sinus infection?

Best sinus meds: Hello. The best therapy is what's called culture driven medical therapy. See your ENT doctor who may be able to obtain an endoscopic culture to determine which antibiotic is best. ...Read more

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I have a svere sinus infection. What is the best way to treat this?

I have a svere sinus infection. What is the best way to treat this?

Agree: Antibiotics are usually essential, but irrigation of the nasal passages, decongestants, sometimes nasal steroid spray and medication for pain may also be helpful. Establishing adequate drainage is needed. ...Read more

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What is the best medicine to prevent sinus infection?

What is the best medicine to prevent sinus infection?

Keep drainage active: Keep the drainage active and you can do that by
1 drink plenty of fluids to keep hydrated
2 use a central humidifier in your home, breathing dry air can hinder drainage
3use electrststic filters to your air conditioning vents
4 avoid chemicals or envoirenmental elements like pollen&cigarette smoke
5limit alcohol intake
6treat common cold properly
7 use nasal irrigation frequently
8 get flu shots. ...Read more

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Is there a best way to get over sinus infection overnight?

Not probable: Infections require time and less often antibiotics to resolve. If the symptoms are caused by allergies or irritants (non-infectious sinusitis) decongestants and nasal rinses can help. This may help your symptoms overnight but not cure them. If the symptoms are caused by a virus again symptomatic care is the only option. If the infection is bacterial antibiotics will need to be used if the symptoms. ...Read more

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How to treat sinus infection, please help ill pick the best answer?

How to treat sinus infection, please help ill pick the best answer?

Saline, OTC meds: If you have sinus infection symptoms past 1-2 weeks, you may need to see your doctor to confirm acute sinusitis. You may need an antibiotic. Symptom relief may also be provided from pain medications, decongestants, and nasal saline sprays or irrigations. Saline irrigations (neti pot) is particularly quite safe and effective in treating and preventing chronic sinus infections. ...Read more

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What is the best # of times to do netti pot per week for sinus health? I hear studies say if done daily, it can increase sinus infection potential.

1-2 times daily: There is no hard and fast rule to how often you should do this. In general, once or twice daily is quite helpful for cleansing nasal passages and reducing allergens in the nose. You should keep your neti pot very clean and make fresh saline daily. Then you should not have issues with infection. ...Read more

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What's the best home remedy for a sinus infection?

Neti pot: Use a neti pot and drink lots of fluids. This will thin and wash out the secretions and will allow the sinuses to drain more effectively. ...Read more

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I have a sinus infection what ist he best way to get rid of it on my own?

Not a good idea: You can try otc decongestants, use saline nasal rinse thru neti-pot, steroid nasal spray to reduce swelling and promote drainage, but most cases will benefit from antibiotics. If not treated effectively you may develop chronic sinus infections which will make you miserable. Also the complications of poorly treated sinus infections can be devastating. See a doctor please. ...Read more

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Best OTC meds for sinus infection and earache?

Sudafed if no HBP: Sudafed is a great decongestant and helps with ear pain. You need to ask the pharmacist because it is kept behing the counter. If you have high blood pressure, do not take sudafed. If you are anxious, you may not want to take sudafed either. It can cause palpitations and make anxiety worse. Vitamin c 500mg 3x per day is a natural antihistamine. Mucinex (guaifenesin) helps to thin mucus so you can blow it out. ...Read more

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What's the best way to get a rid of a sinus infection without going to the doctor. Is a sinus infection contagious also?

Depends: Most "sinus infections" are actually viral upper respiratory infections that require time to heal. Acute bacterial sinusitis can be cured spontaneously but a doctor's diagnosis and antibiotics will hasten the cure. ...Read more

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Which is the best home remedy for a sinus infection and croupy cough?

Which is the best home remedy for a sinus infection and croupy cough?

Saline rinses: The cough is often related to the sinus drainage. Wash your nose with salt solution, use decongestants and anti-inflammatory medications. These will promote drainage of the sinuses. Drink plenty of fluids, and Mucinex (guaifenesin) type medications may help as well. If symptoms persist over 7 days, see a doctor. ...Read more

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What is best treatment for kids bad smelling mouth? What is sinus infection in kids?

What is best treatment for kids bad smelling mouth? What is sinus infection in kids?

See the dentist: A bad odor from a child's mouth can be from a number of things. It could be anything from halitosis due to a coated tongue, to tooth decay, to some other systemic disease. Please have the child examined by a dentist to determine if the problem is orally based or from some other disease. The sooner you have the child checked, the sooner the problem will be solved. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for chronic sinus infection? I have a severe bad breath and would like to get rid of it.

What is the best treatment for chronic sinus infection? I have a severe bad breath and would like to get rid of it.

Consultation: I would immediately schedule an appointment with an ENT to determine the cause of your sinus problems. Which might be much more than your bad breath ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for a crick in neck that is going to my shoulders. I am recovering from a URI and sinus infection.

What is the best treatment for a crick in neck that is going to my shoulders. I am recovering from a URI and sinus infection.

Wry neck: You may have a wry neck as a result of your uri. Lie flat in bed when you go to sleep, without a pillow. Apply a heating pad set on low so you don't burn yourself while you are sleeping. Take Ibuprofen for the pain. It should take about a week to get better. ...Read more

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I take methotrexate weekly for ctd. I am on levaquin (levofloxacin) for sinus infection. Is it best to skip my weekly methotrexate injection or not? Having no fevers

I take methotrexate weekly for ctd. I am on levaquin (levofloxacin) for sinus infection. Is it best to skip my weekly methotrexate injection or not? Having no fevers

Probably not: I usually have patients stop biologic medications (enbrel, etc) if they are on antibiotics. I usually do not have patients stop Methotrexate in this situation, but asking your rheumatologist for their advice would be a good idea. ...Read more

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I have a sinus infection (very bad smell) from a tooth extraction (13 days ago). Is it safe to do a sinus drainage, if so what is the best way to do so?

I have a sinus infection (very bad smell) from a tooth extraction (13 days ago). Is it safe to do a sinus drainage, if so what is the best way to do so?

Oral Surgeon: Get to the Oral Surgeon to properly diagnose the problem and initiate proper treatment. If you have an oral-antral fistula then it is paramount that you get there ASAP. These are serious and require expert treatment and management to resolve. Good Luck. Don't delay. ...Read more

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What's the best way to get rid of a chronic sinus infection? An MRI shows a completely clogged sinus cavity in the cheek area.

What's the best way to get rid of a chronic sinus infection? An MRI shows a completely clogged sinus cavity in the cheek area.

MRI=poor sinus film: Mri's are notoriously inaccurate for evaluating your sinuses, they frequently over estimate disease. If you didn't know your had sinus problems until you got your MRI and someone told you, you probably don't have a serious issue. A course of antibiotics is in order, along with follow at your local ENT to evaluate the situation. ...Read more

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Please help. What's the best medication I can take for the flu or sinus infection that is safe with irregular heart beats and lupus and sjogrens?

Please help. What's the best medication I can take for the flu or sinus infection that is safe with irregular heart beats and lupus and sjogrens?

Fluids, Tylenol (acetaminophen): A majority of illnesses you described are caused by viruses. Since antibiotics only treat bacteria and not virus infections, the immune system does the brunt of the work-, recommend supportive measures such as drinking plenty of fluids and judicious use of pain/anti-fever meds.

NB-lupus and Sjorgren's, maintain a low threshold to see your doctor especially if your difficulty breathing worsens ...Read more

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I think I've had a sinus infection for about a week now because the mucus in 1 side of my nose is entirely bloody, is this a really bad thing?

I think I've had a sinus infection for about a week now because the mucus in 1 side of my nose is entirely bloody, is this a really bad thing?

Could be: Bleeding for a week is never a good thing. You may have a sinus infection but a presenting symptom of that isn't typically bleeding. I'd suggest a visit to your primary healthcare provider for an evaluation and recommendations for follow-up. ...Read more

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I have a sinus infection/cold and the ring thing above my thyroid that moves up and down when I swallow hurts on the left side when I touch it. Cause?

I have a sinus infection/cold and the ring thing above my thyroid that moves up and down when I swallow hurts on the left side when I touch it. Cause?

? Related: If you truly have a bacterial sinus infection, one may speculate that severe post-nasal drip may lead to a sore throat. If your problem has been present for more than 10 days, you should ask your doctor to check your sinuses and throat just to be sure. ...Read more

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I have a sinus infection. I have pseudoephedrine that I was prescribed last year for the same thing. Does pse interfere with niacin as a supplement?

I have a sinus infection. I have pseudoephedrine that I was prescribed last year for the same thing. Does pse interfere with niacin as a supplement?

No; also consider...: There is no known interaction between Pseudoephedrine and niacin. Pse does nothing to treat the infection but may relieve symptoms. Most sinus infections are viral and self-limited. You might also try pelargonium sidoides, an herbal extract from South Africa proven effective in treating sinus infections, widely available as umcka at health food stores & some pharmacies. Sinus irrigation helps too! ...Read more

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I have had a sinus infection and an ear infection. I've been taking amoxicillin that was once prescribed to me and I didn't finish the whole thing. I?

I have had a sinus infection and an ear infection. I've been taking amoxicillin that was once prescribed to me and I didn't finish the whole thing. I?

Using this site: You get the most from this site when you provide background information and ask a clear related question. You have provided background but asked no clear question. You are welcome to start over. Your posts are not linked so each must contain full information/question. ...Read more

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I've been battling a dual sinus infection and sore throat for about the past week. I finally licked the sinus thing last night but woke up this morning and the sore throat is rearing it's ugly head...and it's painful. I have to work today but I'm on the f

I've been battling a dual sinus infection and sore throat for about the past week. I finally licked the sinus thing last night but woke up this morning and the sore throat is rearing it's ugly head...and it's painful. I have to work today but I'm on the f

Throat: Pretty common. Salt water gargles and ibuprofen help but you should get it cultured. You can go to an urgent care. Quick strep cultures in adults are not reliable and don't check for other bacteria so make sure they send it out as well to the lab. ...Read more

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What is a sinus infection?

You have: Several hollow bones in the face that give resonance to the voice. They are lined with mucous membrane that secretes mucus. If a germ gets in it causes an infection and that is called sinus infection. ...Read more

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What causes a sinus infection?

What causes a sinus infection?

Lots of things: Anything that clogs the nose can block the sinuses. Common causes of nasal swelling include upper respiratory tract infections (colds) and allergies. Once the sinuses cannot drain, bacteria can accumulate in the sinuses and increase in large enough numbers to cause the symptoms of infection. The bacteria can come from various sources, including the nasopharyx and the adenoids that reside there. ...Read more

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What causes a sinus infection?

Microbes...: Microbes: most commonly viruses, and occasionally bacteria. ...Read more

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How can I cure a sinus infection?

Sinus infection: If you truly have a sinus infection, you probably need antibiotics, although many of the patients that I see in the clinic who complain of sinus infection simply have allergies. The first thing I recommend is to irrigate your nose with saline. If this isn't successful, you should probably be evaluated. ...Read more

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How can I treat a sinus infection?

Irrigate: I assume you mean treating this yourself. Sinus health is all about drainage; if they don't drain, problems persist. You can use a nasal decongestant spray twice a day for 3-5 days; before and about 30 minutes after using it, rinse your nose with saline such as nasamist, entsol, or simply saline. If the sinus pressure increases, or the colored secretions last more than a week, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Can salsa cause a sinus infection?

Salsa and sinusitis: Hello, I am not aware of any link to eating and swallowing salsa and an associated increased risk for sinusitis. ...Read more

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What to do for my sinus infection?

Supportive care: Unless you've had your sinus infection for > 2 weeks or are having severe symptoms such as fever, antibiotics aren't indicated; just use pain relief and decongestants. ...Read more

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Can you die from a sinus infection?

Sinusitis: Some of the central nervous system complications of sinusitis can create life-threatening conditions. These are relatively uncommon, but quite severe when they happen. ...Read more

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How to get a sinus infection cured?

How to get a sinus infection cured?

Time: Most sinus infections will eventually get better on their own. Meanwhile for relief of symptoms, use a salin nasal spray and/or a neti pot. ...Read more

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How long does sinus infection last?

It depends: On whether you have an acute infection or a chronic infection. It also depends on many variables including the cause of your infection, your nasal / sinus architecture, whether you smoke, family history and other medical issues. ...Read more

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. Stephen Scholand
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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