can you get rid of a sinus infection without antibiotics

For 10 days I had a bad cough w yellow mucus, sore throat & ear pain. This happened after my antibiotic treatment for ear/sinus infection. Can't sleep?

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With your description, this is likely viral in nature. Abx are way overused in our society and according to the Infectious Disease Society of America, 98% of all sinusitis is viral and does not need ABx. Ear infx are also often viral and the pain you are feeling is due to the fluid behind the ear drum. Also, yellow or green mucous is non-specific and does not always mean bacterial. Tx yr symps
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how long will my 1 year old's eye drain after a sinus infection and antibiotic treatment?

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Dr. Mary Efremov
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tear duct drainage could mean blockage or infection. This should be checked out promptly
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Is it normal to have diarrhea during and then after you have stopped taking antibiotics? I took a course of antibiotics for a week for a sinus infection. During the course of treatment I had moderately severe diarrhea. It has been over a week and a half

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Dr. Michael E. Ein
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Antibiotics frequently cause diarrhea. Antibiotics can also cause Clostridium difficile colitis which is more serious and needs treatment. If your diarrhea continues you need to have your stool checked for C. difficile toxin.in the future, taking a probiotic like VSL#3 has been shown to prevent antibiotic associated diarrhea and C.difficile disease. Good luck. I hope you feel better.
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In the first 10-14 days of a sinus infection, antibiotics have little to no benefit.

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Can I get rid of a sinus infection without antibiotics?

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Most sinus infections are viral and are self limiting. A nasal decongestant, saline irrigation and ibuprofen may get you through the course. There are many immune system boosters that wont hurt and may shorten the course, such as grapefruit seed extract. Even a bacterial infection can clear without antibiotics however antibiotics may shorten the course and prevent complications
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What do I do to get rid of a sinus infection without antibiotics?

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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.
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Up to one quarter of sinus infections will resolve without antibiotics. Use nasal saline irrigation.

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Can there be any way to cure a sinus infection without antibiotics?

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Dr. Michael E. Ein
Infectious Disease

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Most cases of sinusitis will resolve spontaneously without antibiotic treatment. The current recommendation is to use antibiotics only for the most severe and persistant, over 7-10 days duration, cases. Use of symptomatic treatment such as pseudephdrine decongestant pills and Neosynephrine decongestant nasal spray or nose drops and tylenol for pain may help.
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Can you tell me how long it should take antibiotics to get rid of a chronic sinus infection?

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Sinus infections can be persistent. I would recommend you have a culture and sensitivity done so the correct antibiotics can be used. Depending on what bacteria are involved, a single or multiple antibiotics may be needed. 10 days to perhaps a month is the range.
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How to get rid of a chronic sinus infection when antibiotics won't work?

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that is not unusual. chronic snusitis may not respond well to antibiotics. there are other approaches such as daily use of steroid spray and specific antihistamines may give great relief. full evaluation is needed prior making decision on treatment.
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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!
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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?

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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.
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News says no antibiotics for sinus infections. What would you do for severe asthmatics? Can never seem to get rid of respiratory illnesses on my own.

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Dr. Jeremy A. Proctor
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while 60-80% of sinus and upper respiratory infections are caused by viruses and no antibiotics are needed, in certain populations, like those with severe asthma, it is better to treat with an appropriate antibiotic along with an antihistamine and intranasal steroid to decrease the likelihood of an acute asthma exacerbation.
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