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Dr. Mike Bowman
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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.

Dr. Mike Bowman
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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.

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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Sinusitis (Definition)

Sinusitis is inflammation of the sinuses caused by a virus, allergies, bacteria or fungus. The vast majority of sinusitis does not need antibiotics and goes away with simple remidies like NSAIDs, ...Read more


Dr. Matthew Wilson
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
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Whats the best way to get a rid of a sinus infection without going to the doctor. Is a sinus infection contagious also?

Dr. Matthew Wilson
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Whats 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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Dr. Martin Raff
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I have a sinus infection what ist he best way to get rid of it on my own?

Dr. Martin Raff
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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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Dr. Kent Hamilton
Board Certified, Periodontics
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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.

Dr. Kent Hamilton
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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.

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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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Is there a natural way to get rid of a sinus infection?

Dr. Heidi Fowler
Board Certified, Psychiatry
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If you have: A bacterial sinus infection - antibiotics are very important. A natural way to improve your sinus health is to stop smoking ! ...Read more

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Dr. Neil Giddings
Board Certified, ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
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How can you get rid of a sinus infection fast?

Dr. Neil Giddings
Board Certified, ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
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Take antibiotics: "true sinus infections". , not a viral cold, are caused by bacterial infection of the air containing sinuses around the nose and benefit from antibiotics. If it is a viral infection it is usually self limiting in 5-7 days, and does not require antibiotics. ...Read more

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Dr. David Dang
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What do I do to get rid of a sinus infection if it does not respond to medication?

Dr. David Dang
Board Certified, Radiology
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Get reevaluated.: Maybe it's time to get reevaluated by your doctor or see an ENT specialist. It may not be infection but rhinitis or allergy. Maybe you're not getting the right or adequate treatments. Maybe there are structural problems in the sinuses. A doctor would be able to help. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Rumbyrt
Board Certified, Allergy and Immunology
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I'm in agony. Please tell me how to get rid of a sinus infection?

Dr. Jeffrey Rumbyrt
Board Certified, Allergy and Immunology
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Wash and drain: Most sinus infections are viral. Thus, using an over the counter decongestant (like sudafed) along with a mucous thinning agent (like guiafenesin) can be very helpful. I also recommend using a netti pot or nasal rinse bottle with saline. ...Read more

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Dr. Harold Kim
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How can I get rid of a sinus infection?

Dr. Harold Kim
Board Certified, ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
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How can I get rid of a sinus infection?

See your doctor: You need a significant trial of antibiotics, decongestants and nasal steroids. If the sinus infection persists or frequently recurs, you may need surgery. Go see your ent. ...Read more

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Dr. Gary Steven
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How can I get rid of a sinus infection quickly?

Dr. Gary Steven
Board Certified, Allergy and Immunology
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How can I get rid of a sinus infection quickly?

Improve drainage: Sinus health is all about drainage. Remove the thick, obstructing secretions with salt water rinses, take Pseudoephedrine or use oxymetazoline spray for a few days, and get an antibiotic if you have greenish secretions. The best thing to do is to see an allergist to see if allergies are the underlying cause, and to learn what to do to control the allergic inflammation as best as you can. ...Read more

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