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How can I get rid of a sinus infection?

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

Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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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 do I get rid of sinus infection over-the-counter

How do I get rid of sinus infection over-the-counter

Inflammation : Inflammation of the sinuses may arise as a result of allergies, upper respiratory tract infections with viruses, bacteria or fungi (yeast infection) although another not commonly recognized cause of inflammation of the sinuses arises from reflux of acid from the stomach (laryngopharyngeal reflux or lpr). Most cases are due to a viral infection and resolve over the course of 10 days. This does not however mean that you should be waiting for ten days for resolution of a sinus infection before seeing a physician. A sinus infection is suspected if you experience a headache/facial pain or pressure of a dull, constant, or aching sort over the forehead, between or behind the eyes, over one or both of your cheeks or in the very back of the head. This pain is typically localized to the involved sinus and may worsen you bend over or when lying down. Pain often starts on one side of the head and progresses to both sides. Sinusitis may be accompanied by thick nasal discharge that is usually thick yellow or green in colour and may contain pus (purulent) and/or blood. Often a localized headache or toothache is present (especially the upper teeth and more commonly the canine teeth) and it is these symptoms that distinguish a sinus-related headache from other types of headaches, such as tension and migraine headaches. Infection of the eye socket is possible, which may result in the loss of sight and is accompanied by fever and severe illness. Another possible complication is the infection of the bones (osteomyelitis) of the forehead and other facial bones — a condition also known as pott's puffy tumor. Sinus infections can also cause middle and less commonly inner ear problems due to the congestion of the nasal passages. This can be demonstrated by dizziness, "a pressurized or heavy head", clogging of the ear, popping and crackling sensation from dysfunction of the tube that equalizes the pressure in the middle ear (eustachian tube) or vibrating sensations in the head. The over the counter first line of treatment should include a nasal decongestant spray like afrin which indeed should be limited to three days or less, a mucolytic agent like mucinex or robitussin to make the thick secretions more watery so they can drain more easily and be removed naturally by the body. Both mucinex and robitussin come in several preparations. Whenever the name of the medication ends with a d (e.g. Mucinex-d) it also contains a decongestant that will help to reduce the amount of discharge and mucous. The advantage of an oral decongestant is drying your nose; the disadvantage is its common side effects including feeling wired at night (having trouble falling asleep) and occasional sensation of a strong, fast or irregular heartbeat, also called palpitations. If, however you feel that within a few days the pain or pressure over your forehead, cheeks, behind your eyes is either the same, worst or accompanied by thick yellow or green mucous or if accompanied by other signs like double or blurry vision, swelling of any part of the face or eyes, fever, prolonged symptoms, neck pain or rigidity etc. Prompt medical attention is in order. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of a chest infection?

How do I get rid of a chest infection?

Need more info: Do you have pneumonia? The term "chest infection" is so vague and poorly defined from a medical standpoint that it is impossible to provide any advice. Suggest you tell us what symptoms you are concerned about and the history of your illness. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of a sinus infection fast?

How can I get rid of a sinus infection fast?

See your doctor: Sinus infections are often viral, and viral illnesses last 7 to 10 days. You can take meds for symptoms, but there is nothing that can be done to shorten the length of a viral illness. If your sinus symptoms are caused by a bacterial infection or allergies, though, there may be prescription meds that can help. See your doctor to determine if any of these medicines might be appropriate for you. ...Read more

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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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How can I get rid of a sinus infection ?

How can I get rid of a sinus infection ?

Drainage: If you can Sudafed will promote drainage, drink a lot of fluids but a nettie pot. Its a small tea pot you can fill with warm water and a bit of sea salt that you buy and pour it up your nose. It sounds gross but works. If after a few days or if you get worse see your doctor and start antibiotics ...Read more

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How do I get rid of a yeast infection?

How do I get rid of a yeast infection?

Medication: There are over the counter yeast creams that work well and several prescription medications. Chance of yeast is decreased by avoiding sugar and alcohol. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of a sinus infection quickly?

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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How do I get rid of sinuses pain infection?

How do I get rid of sinuses pain  infection?

Sinus pain: The pain of sinus inflammation or infection can be improved or resolved with the use of saline nasal spray or irrigations, nasal anti-inflammatories like Nasonex (mometasone) or flonase, allergy control if you have environmental allergies, mucus thinners like Mucinex and oral or topical decongestant if you are experiencing severe nasal congestion. ...Read more

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What can I do to get rid of a sinus ache?

What can I do to get rid of a sinus ache?

Sinus pressure: Hello, daily sinus pressure may point to an underlying blockage or narrowing of the sinus outflow tracts. I often recommend a 10 day course of ibuprophen with faring nasal spray for 5 days only. If you are able to take the ibuprophen, the anti-inflammatory properties will help reduce the swelling in these narrow drainage pathways. Saline nasal spray may also help. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of regular sinus infections?

See an ENT doctor: You may have a anatomical abnormaality predisposing to infections like a deviated nasal septum. You may want to see an ENT physician. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of a fever?

How do I get rid of a fever?

Medications: Fever is the body's response to an infection (usually). If the fever causes a person to be uncomfortable, then treatment with an anti-pyretic such as Acetaminophen [tylenol] or Ibuprofen [advil or motrin] can help. Avoid aspirin. ...Read more

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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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How do I get rid of sinus drip?

How do I get rid of sinus drip?

Treat the cause: You need to find the cause of it first. It can be allergy, sinus infection, polyps etc. Without knowing the foe, it's impossible to kill it. ...Read more

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What do I do to get rid of a sinus headache?

What do I do to get rid of a sinus headache?

First, diagnosis: In general, headache as the only symptom is rarely the result of rhino-sinusitis. The classical symptoms of sinusitis are nasal congestion, nasal obstruction, yellow nasal discharge, fullness or pressure below the eyes and pain or fullness between the eyes. You get rid of sinusitis by first making the diagnosis and determining whether it is viral or bacterial. Then you can get rid of headache. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of a throat infection naturally ?

How do I get rid of a throat infection naturally ?

Herbs, homoepathy: Many supplements can help treat a sore throat. Good choices include propolis, pellargonium sidoides, andrographis & gargling with colloidal silver. Homeopathy can help as well. See http://www.Umm.Edu/altmed/articles/pharyngitis-000129.Htm for advice on homeopathy & herbs & see http://altmedicine.About.Com/od/healthconditionsdisease/a/sore_throat.Htm for more on herbs. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of a bladder infection? I just need to know how to get rid of one...

How do I get rid of a bladder infection? I just need to know how to get rid of one...

If : If you have a recurrent bladder infection, you should be carefully evaluated. This includes a cystoscopy, urine cytology, physical exam, evaluation of hormone levels if woman, upper urinary tract studies to rule out kidney stones or urinary tract malformations. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of a vaginal infection at home?

How do I get rid of a vaginal infection at home?

You don't: Unless it is a yeast infection, u can get otc yeast meds, you need to see yoru gyn for proper diagnosis and treatment as many diff bacteria can cause an infection and u can have yeast and bacteria at the same time, u can get on pro-biotics to help prevent infections but probiotics or acidolphilus pills will not treat the infection. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of a cough?

How do I get rid of a cough?

Cough: One needs to first identify the cause of the cough before it can be treated. Common causes are certain post nasal drainage, post viral cough, medications such as ace inhibitors, and extraesophageal or laryngopharyngeal reflux. Other more obscure causes can also treatable - eg ear wax impaction. Rarely, a cause cannot be identified. See a medical provider if your cough persists. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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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


Dr. James Krick
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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