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What do I do to get rid of a sinus infection without antibiotics?

What do I do to get rid of a sinus infection without antibiotics?

Tincture of time?: Most acute sinus infections are viral and can get better on their own in 10-14 days (90% of them). 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 as they get the gross mucous out and refresh the nasal lining. ...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

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How can I get rid of reocurring sinus infection. Have had several rounds of antibiotics but it always comes back within a few days?

How can I get rid of reocurring sinus infection.  Have had several rounds of antibiotics but it always comes back within a few days?

Is it a sinus infxn?: If you haven't seen an ENT yet it's time. A lot of times patients don't get better because they are being treated for something they really don't have. If you have nasal congestion, decreased smell and taste, yellow green mucous, cough then it's a good chance you have a sinus infection. If you have facial pain or headache without those other symptoms you may not have sinusitis. ...Read more

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Treating Sinusitis (Checklist)

Seek healthcare professional if symptoms persist or worsen
Daily
Use nasal saline spray or Neti Pot to help rinse sinuses
Once
Use antihistamine such as Benadryl, Claritin, Zyrtec, or Allegra
Daily
Try a long, warm shower or a humidifier
Daily
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How to get rid of a chronic sinus infection when antibiotics won't work?

See an ENT: When antibiotics don't' help a sinus infection, either you don't have a sinus infection (you may have bad allergies, rhinitis, etc) or you have chronic sinusitis (a chronic sinus infection lasting >12 weeks which may benefit from surgery). Either way, seek an ent, especially if you have been having many rounds of antibiotics that aren't working. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can you tell me how long it should take antibiotics to get rid of a chronic sinus infection?

Can you tell me how long it should take antibiotics to get rid of a chronic sinus infection?

See an ENT: Regardless, whether it's acute or chronic, sinusitis is painful and wearying. For chronic sinusitis, antibiotics and nasal corticosteroids and nasal irrigation are the main treatments. If refractory, surgery to be considered. Proper diagnosis is the key to successful treatment. See an ENT for evaluation, rhinoscopy, imaging and treatment. ...Read more

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Treating Sinusitis (Checklist)

Take all of your antibiotic, even if you're feeling better
once
Avoid smoking, or exposure to smoke
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Use a room humidifier and keep it clean!
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Know there are no activity restrictions—do what you feel able to do
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How do you get rid of an viral sinus infection? Was on antibiotics for 3 weeks in July, didn't help. So doctor thinks it's viral.sinus slow to drain.

How do you get rid of an viral sinus infection? Was on antibiotics for 3 weeks in July, didn't help. So doctor thinks it's viral.sinus slow to drain.

Sinusitis: There may several issues brewing with any sinusitis, particularly in chronic cases. Besides a possible underlying infection, there could be a significant inflammatory component that persists even after an infectious has "resolved". In this case you can have significant residual sinus inflammation, congestion and secretions which may require topical or systemic anti-inflammatories(aka steroids). ...Read more

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I've done three rounds of antibiotics and still can't get rid of sinus infection. Could it cause heart palpitations?

I've done three rounds of antibiotics and still can't get rid of sinus infection.  Could it cause heart palpitations?

Possibly...: see a dentist to rule out a dental infection, consult with an ENT to rule out other sinus diseases. ...Read more

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Treating Sinusitis (Checklist)

Drink Green Tea
every 4 hours
Humming sounds like "oooommm'
hourly, while awake
Drink Water with lime/lemon and honey
3x day
Pulsatile Nasal/Sinus Irrigation
in the morning
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How can you get rid of a sinus infection fast?

How can you get rid of a sinus infection fast?

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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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

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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more

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