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How does a dr. Know if you have a sinus infection? Will antibiotics help if you do?

How does a dr. Know if you have a sinus infection?  Will antibiotics help if you do?

Sinus Infection: The best way to know if an individual has a sinus infection is by listening to symptoms, then determining how long these symptoms have been present. Most patients do not have any signs of infection on exam, but usually do have swollen nasal membranes, and may have tenderness upon tapping over the sinuses. Symptoms include: nasal congestion, drainage, facial pressure, and sometimes fever. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Seibert
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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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If you have a sinus infection you have to have antiiotics, so should I go to the doctor or have him call in something?

If you have a sinus infection you have to have antiiotics, so should I go to the doctor or have him call in something?

Not recommended: Antibiotics are not recommended for sinus infections unless they are unusually long-lasting or severe. Use decongestants. ...Read more

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What urgent signs should I be aware of -being agressively treated sphenoid/maxilary sinus infection? Using oral +inhalled steroid, antibiot, decongest

What urgent signs should I be aware of -being agressively treated  sphenoid/maxilary sinus infection?  Using oral +inhalled steroid, antibiot, decongest

Sinusitis treatment : Sinusitis should be treated and followed up using ct scans and symptoms as a guide to success. Other contributing factors such as allergy, immune compromise, polyps, deviated septums, gerd, fungal infections, chemical, environmental and toxin exposure should be considered and controlled. Long term medications, enhanced allergy management and surgery can be indicated. ...Read more

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Please tell me what anti-biotics are recommended for a sinus infection?

There are several: There are several antibiotics depending on how severe is the infection. High-dose Amoxicillin or a sulfa antibiotic can be tried first. If the infection is chronic or keeps coming back, you might need to take an antibiotic for 2-4 weeks. Ciprofloxacin or Levofloxacin can be used if the other antibiotics aren't working or you are allergic to the usual antibiotics. Take probiotics too. ...Read more

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What are considered the most effective anti biotics to take care of a sinus infection?

Amoxicillin: As long as you are not allergic to the penicillin class, the best initial antibiotic for a bacterial rhinosinusitis is amoxicillin. ...Read more

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Is it possible for me to get rid of a sinus infection without antibiotcs ?

Is it possible for me to get rid of a sinus infection without antibiotcs ?

It depends: That depends on whether you have a sinus infection or a cold. How long have you had symptoms? Most sinus infections are caused by colds. A cold is a viral infection, and antibiotics won't help. A sinus infection is a complication of a cold, and generally takes 10 to 14 days to develop. Don't wait longer than 3 weeks for an antibiotic, and seek help immediately for neckstiffness, eye swelling. ...Read more

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My current anti-biotic (cipro) not working for sinus infection. What do I do?

Good drug: It may not be long enough sinus infections require at least 10 days of antibiotic often you see no change for at least 3 days. If this continues see your doctor to change the antibiotic. Unless you are penicillin allergic augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) works well ...Read more

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Which antiobiotic is 1) most commonly prescribed for sinus infection and 2) most effective at treating them?

Which antiobiotic is 1) most commonly prescribed for sinus infection and 2) most effective at treating them?

Usually none: Antibiotics are not recommended for the majority of sinus infections, which are typically caused by viruses and get better on their own. When antibiotics are used for cases that are particularly severe or prolonged, the standard recommendation is Amoxicillin for those not allergic to penicillin. ...Read more

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Hi I have had a sinus infection for 11 weeks, and i'm on an antibotic called cipro (ciprofloxacin). Now my symptoms are coming back even.

Hi I have had a sinus infection for 11 weeks, and i'm on an antibotic called cipro (ciprofloxacin). Now my symptoms are coming back even.

See an ENT doctor: Without a full exam and possibly some imaging studies it is impossible to make a diagnosis over the internet. Please go see an ENT doctor now and get better quickly. ...Read more

Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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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. John Leander Po
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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