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Does Cipro (ciprofloxacin) treat deep sinus infections?

Does Cipro (ciprofloxacin) treat deep sinus infections?

Cipro (ciprofloxacin) often works: Cipro (ciprofloxacin) covers many of the bacteria that cause sinusitis, even some of the more resistant types. It does not treat all bacterial sinusitis, viral colds, or nasal polyps. ...Read more

Dr. Marvin Ott
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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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Does Cipro (ciprofloxacin) treat sinus infections if Levaquin fails to help?

Depends & not always: Cipro (ciprofloxacin) and Levaquin are both "fluoroquinolone" antibiotics. Cipro (ciprofloxacin) will only work better if the bacteria is resistant to Levaquin and sensitive to Cipro (ciprofloxacin). However, most of the time, it is a good idea to use a different "class" of antibiotic all together if one fails. Also, antibiotic treatments can also fail because the sinusitis is actually viral, allergy, and inflammatory (such as polyps). ...Read more

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Can cipro (ciprofloxacin) be taken 14 days for sinus infections?

Yes: Yes we usually treat sinus infections for 10-21 days. Cipro (ciprofloxacin) is a strong antibiotic for sinus infections. If seen by an ent, he may obtain a culture to make sure your specific sinus infection is sensitive to the antibiotic you are put on. ...Read more

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How come Cipro (ciprofloxacin) doesn't help me anymore for bacterial sinus infections? I'm now taking Levaquin and had a CT of Sinusis.

Right meds?: Cipro (ciprofloxacin) is not one of the preferred antibiotics for sinus infections. The 1st step for sinus symptoms is usually washing out the nose with saline (salt solution) daily. This helps the nose 'reset' itself. If there are certain symptoms, then an upgraded penicillin is our first choice then the family of meds that includes Levaquin. You should see an Otolaryngologist if your problem continues. ...Read more

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I'm now taking Cipro (ciprofloxacin) because Bactrim didn't help my sinus infection. Cipro (ciprofloxacin) helped me before when I had sinusitis so will it help me now?

I'm now taking Cipro (ciprofloxacin) because Bactrim didn't help my sinus infection. Cipro (ciprofloxacin) helped me before when I had sinusitis so will it help me now?

Cipro (ciprofloxacin) may or may: not help, depending on the type of infection. With sinusitis, Cipro (ciprofloxacin) is not a first choice treatment. However if it helped you before, it certainly may do that again. I would make sure I see a healthcare provider sooner than later if you don't feel well after, say, 5 days being on Cipro (ciprofloxacin). And you usually need antibiotic treatment for 10-14 days minimum for bacterial sinusitis. ...Read more

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Can cipro (ciprofloxacin) be used to treat sinus infection?

Thanks for asking!: The simple answer is yes if it is a susceptible bacterial sinus infection. ...Read more

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Is cipro (ciprofloxacin) good to treat a sinus infection?

Yes: Yes a very good and strong antibiotic for sinus infections. Usually a second line antibiotic for resistant cases. ...Read more

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Can I take cipro (ciprofloxacin) to treat a sinus infection?

Yes: Cipro (ciprofloxacin) is a broad spectrum antibiotic. Not everyone would agree that it is a "best drug" for a sinus infection. There may be others that wold be considered better for this. The question is "do you really have a sinus infection?" a sinus infection can be a viral infection in the upper passages with pain and discomfort or allergies with fullness/congestion and pain or frank bacterial infection. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Klein
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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


Dr. Neigatha Graney
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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