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How long does an earache due to sinus congestion last without antibiotics?

How long does an earache due to sinus congestion last without antibiotics?

Viral infection: Good question. But sinus infection or congestion of the paranasal sinuses does not cause ear infections. They may be related in that the cause of the paranasal sinus infection (assuming it is not nasal allergy) and the middle ear may be infected by the same virus. 98% of upper respiratory infections are viral and no antibiotic is indicated for a minimum of a week and a maximum of 10 days. ...Read more

Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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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 long can an earache due to sinus congestion last?

How long can an earache due to sinus congestion last?

Depends: The earache associated w sinus congestion can las as long as the sinus congestion is present- you may not always feel the sinus pressure but you could have persistent infection of the sinuses or just congestion - this can keep pressure on the ears and cause earache to stay. ...Read more

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I am just getting over a cold. I am experiencing ear pain in my left ear and sinus congestion and headache. Why am I getting new symptoms?

I am just getting over a cold. I am experiencing ear pain in my left ear and sinus congestion and headache. Why am I getting new symptoms?

Complicated: Cold and cough may have exacerbated tmj. Residual inflammation in eustachian tube may have lead to otitis media (hearing loss is key sign of this). If you have pain in the temples and on opening and closing of mouth - think tmj. Take some Motrin and softer foods. ...Read more

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Hi Dr, I am having sinus congestion for over a month and have been treated with antibiotics as well, but it is still there. Should I just let it be?

Hi Dr, I am having sinus congestion for over a month and have been treated with antibiotics as well, but it is still there. Should I just let it be?

Sinus issues: Antibiotics will treat a bacterial sinus infection but won't help with viral infections nor will they help with the swelling and congestion. I would recommend OTC pseudoephedrine (its a hassle to get - you need ID and have to sign for it) but that in my opinion is the best for sinus congestion. A gentle nasal saline spray may also help
Good luck ...Read more

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What can I take for sinus congestion and pressure? I am 6 weeks pregnant. No cough. Just a very congested sinuses. And an ear ache. I am pregnant

What can I take for sinus congestion and pressure? I am 6 weeks pregnant. No cough. Just a very congested sinuses. And an ear ache. I am pregnant

Inhaled steroids: Sinus pressure associated with pregnancy can be relieved in the short term with intra-nasal decongestants but this ofter leads to a rebound effect and this can lead to overuse of the decongestant. The daily use of an intra-nasal steroid is safe and usually effective to control the congestion. ...Read more

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I have sinus congestion & taking long overnight flight. OK to take Sudafed or Claritan this afternoon and 10 mg. Ambien tonight?

I have sinus congestion & taking long overnight flight. OK to take Sudafed or Claritan this afternoon and 10 mg. Ambien tonight?

Safe: No drug interactions noted with regular Sudafed and Ambien. And no drug interactions noted between Claritan and Ambien per the Drugs. Com drug interaction checker. REF:
https://www. Drugs. Com/drug_interactions. Html

Have a safe flight. ...Read more

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I've had sinus congestion for the last three weeks that drains into my throat during the night what can I do?

I've had sinus congestion for the last three weeks that drains into my throat during the night what can I do?

Go to your ENT: He will be able to flush out your sinuses with what looks like a little vacuum cleaner. Then he can discuss any further issues with you. ...Read more

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Does steam help with sinus congestion? How long and often can one use it?

It does: Steam helps loosen dry mucus. Use it 5-10 minutes 2-3 times per day. Nasal saline spray may work just as well. Stay hydrated and well rested. ...Read more

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I have had a cold for a week. Chest and sinus congestion. The last two nights my throat has been burning. Only at night. What does that mean?

I have had a cold for a week. Chest and sinus congestion. The last two nights my throat has been burning. Only at night. What does that mean?

It may mean. .: You may have significant throat irritation from post nasal drip. As in if you are congested in the nose/sinuses, often some secretions will drip backwards into the back of the throat instead forward out the nose. It's worse when you lie flat. Consider optimizing sinus health like steam exposure and saline rinses. Talk to your doctor about oral and/or other nasal decongestant therapy. Good luck ...Read more

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For the last 6 days I have very bad sinus congestion along pain in throat above adams apple. Hurts when I bend my chin down or swallow not internal.?

For the last 6 days I have very bad sinus congestion along pain in throat above adams apple. Hurts when I bend my chin down or swallow not internal.?

Acute sinusitis: Hello and welcome to HealthTap, It seems like you are having acute sinusitis. Do you have fever, chills or headaches? Do you have any ulcers or lesions in the mouth.

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I have had a sinus congestion problem for almost 2 weeks. Been using Mucinex (guaifenesin) dm. No runny nose. Now extreme dry mouth the last two days. Infection?

I have had a sinus congestion problem for almost 2 weeks. Been using Mucinex (guaifenesin) dm. No runny nose. Now extreme dry mouth the last two days. Infection?

Mouth-breathing.: Since Mucinex (guaifenesin) dm does nothing on the nasal congestion, your dry mouth is likely from mouth-breathing. Try a nasal decongestant and see if this may help (mucinex (guaifenesin) d?). If not, see your doctor to make sure that you don't have a sinus infection. ...Read more

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Could I be experiencing allergies in winter season? I feel ill no fever! Upset stomach, sinus congestion, sore throat, ear pain/pressure. Low appeti

Could I be experiencing allergies in winter season? I feel ill no fever! Upset stomach, sinus congestion, sore throat, ear pain/pressure. Low appeti

Yes: You may be allergic to indoor allergens which include house dust mites, molds, pet etc. However upset stomach occurs only rarely mostly from profuse post-nasal drips. If your house has a humidifier in the furnace or anywhere, be sure to check for molds in the water compartment. You need to consult your doctor as well since there are many other answers. ...Read more

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8 year old daughter woke up with sinus pain, sore throat, earache, congestion. What can I give her to treat the symptoms? She is extremely healthy, has never had sinus symptoms before. No fever yet.

8 year old daughter woke up with sinus pain, sore throat, earache, congestion. What can I give her to treat the symptoms? She is extremely healthy, has never had sinus symptoms before. No fever yet.

There: There are a few things you can do to treat a cold caused by an upper respiratory virus.
- voice rest - probably the best thing you can do for a sore throat and raspy voice.
- drink plenty of fluids and stay hydrated
- hot tea with honey and lemon
- chicken noodle soup - our grandmas were right! Research shows that chicken noodle soup is very helpful in treating a cold.
- or just a spoon-full of honey - honey has been shown to be as effective a cough suppressant as many over the counter medications
- inhale steam from a shower or cool mist from a vaporizer
- Acetaminophen and/or Ibuprofen can help with inflammation and throat, ear and sinus pain

symptoms from a cold virus should start to improve after a few days. If it does not, of if she gets worse or has any difficulty breathing, call her doctor. You should also call her doctor if the sore throat worsens (could be strep) or if her ear pain worsens (ear infection) or for any new fevers or rash. ...Read more

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I have terrible headaches due to sinus congestion on my temple and forehead.

I have terrible headaches due to sinus congestion on my temple and forehead.

Sinus pressure, pain: Sinus pressure and infections may results in symptoms of facial pain or headaches as well as ear pain. Temple, forehead, and ear pain may be radiating or referred pain. Pressure symptoms may be at the forehead, cheekbones, around the eyes, or between the eyes. Pain may also radiate to the back of the head or upper teeth. You may want to see an ENT. ...Read more

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What is best to take for a headache due to sinus congestion and swelling? And also what is a good method to help drain my sinusus?

What is best to take for a headache due to sinus congestion and swelling? And also what is a good method to help drain my sinusus?

Sinus congestion: Eagle, get in the habit of using a nasal saline rinse to clean out the nose. You may also want to consider seeing your doctor to see if a nasal corticosteroid spray would be in your best interest. ...Read more

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What is a way to relieve clogged ears due to sinus congestion? I've been taking sudafed, but my left ear is so clogged up I can barely hear out of it.

What is a way to relieve clogged ears due to sinus congestion? I've been taking sudafed, but my left ear is so clogged up I can barely hear out of it.

Eustachian tube: Decongestants like sudafed are a good way to alleviate the problem. Sometimes a mucous thinner called Guaifenesin can be of additional help. This can be purchased over the counter. If you still are having difficulties, you need to see an ENT doctor for other medical options. You may need a hearing test, as well. ...Read more

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sinus congestion and drainage. Bronchial like symptoms with mild coughing. ZITHOMAX low dose seems to take it away. Is this ok if other things do not work? I have been on many due to frequent inf.

sinus congestion and drainage. Bronchial like symptoms with mild coughing. ZITHOMAX low dose seems to take it away. Is this ok if other things do not work? I have been on many due to frequent inf.

Determine Cause: Important to determine cause so that sinus infection aren't recurrent. Do you have allergic or non-allergic rhinitis or a combination of both? If you have allergies have you tried starting allergy shots? Daily medicated nasal sprays are key, there are various types that you can try. Important to use daily controller therapy to prevent recurrent sinus infections in the future. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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What're some good at-home remedies for sinus congestion?

What're some good at-home remedies for sinus congestion?

Home Sinus Remedies: Saline nasal flushes, 1 tsp salt per 16 ounces water is a recipe. Burning after use? Add 1/4 tsp baking soda. Many saline flushes are available over the counter. Hot steam from long, hot showers or a wet sauna are also helpful. Over the counter decongestants, such as pseudoephrine also help. Mucinex-d - Guaifenesin may help also. ...Read more

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My daughter has had sever sinus congestion for 3 weeks. What can I do for her?

My daughter has had sever sinus congestion for 3 weeks. What can I do for her?

Ask pediatrician: Often just have a viral upper respiratory tract infection like the common cold, and do not require treatment. Uris are reported to be 20-200 times more common than true bacterial sinus infection. Uris do not respond to antibiotics. If truely bacterial sinus infection may image sinuses or be on prolonged antibiotic therapy. Allergies can also contribute to sinus congestion. ...Read more

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I am having a hard time clearing up sinus congestion, dispite using OTC decongestants. Help!

I am having a hard time clearing up sinus congestion, dispite using OTC decongestants. Help!

Oral or spray?: If you are using a nasal spray, this can develop into a rebound congestion called rhinitis medicamentosa. This suggest the use of the med, it wears off and the nose tissue swells again Develops after about one week of usage. The treatment is going without the decongestant. If this is an oral pill see the doctor for further advice. Your doctor can provide info on both. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have sinus congestion/pain after using neilmed sinus rinse?

Is it normal to have sinus congestion/pain after using neilmed sinus rinse?

Not usually: Some reasons for having sinus congestion/pain after nasal rinses are:

1. Applying to much force.
2. Using a wrong concentration (too much or too little) salt.
3. Too hot or too cold water temperature.

Correct these and they are usually more comfortable. ...Read more

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I'm 49, I have terrible hearing, however, I always have sinus congestion. I'm wondering if that can contribute to my poor hearing?

I'm 49, I have terrible hearing, however, I always have sinus congestion. I'm wondering if that can contribute to my poor hearing?

Yes: Sinus problems can contribute to hearing problems. That is not a complete answer, of course, but the basic answer is "yes". You should have things checked by an ENT doctor. They understand both problems and how they can be interrelated. ...Read more

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Dr. Says I cannot take antihistamines. What to do for sinus congestion then?

Dr. Says I cannot take antihistamines. What to do for sinus congestion then?

Nasal sprays: Antihistamines really don't work well for congestion or stuffiness. For the nasal congestion associated with allergies, the topical nasal steroid sprays such as qnasl, flonase, veramyst, nasonex, (mometasone) nasacort, etc are very effective and safe. ...Read more

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Is my shortness of breath related to my sinus congestion?

Is my shortness of breath related to my sinus congestion?

In a way: Your sinus congestion could also mean your lungs are congested. Shortness of breath (sob) is more troublesome, so go see your dr. To ensure your lungs are healthy and your sob is not due to something else. Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. M. Jay Petruska
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Ear Ache (Definition)

Pain felt in ear can be result of conditions that affect the ear directly such as ear infections, traumatic injury to ear, impacted ear wax, as well as benign or malignant growths of ear. Pain in ear can be referred from conditions that affect the throat, teeth, or jaw including tonsil/throat infections, dental infections, jaw joint inflammation, benign ...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