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Have history acute sinusitis. Rec'd prednisone IM in 4-14 for this+allergy. Have fever past 6 days (+now), no GI upset. Curious if IM is masking sinusit?

Have history acute sinusitis. Rec'd prednisone IM in 4-14 for this+allergy. Have fever past 6 days (+now), no GI upset. Curious if IM is masking sinusit?

Possible but: Prednisone reduces inflammation and thus may indeed mask the infection. On the other hand, it might also have reduce the mucosal swelling which had been obstructing the sinus drainage. The infection often clears after drainage has been established. If the pusey drainage resumed after a few days, then you know that it was from masking. If not, then you are clear. ...Read more

Dr. Shari Jackson
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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


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Are most cases of acute sinusitis viral? How long before symptoms lessen and you start to feel better? At what point should you visit the Dr?

Are most cases of acute sinusitis viral? How long before symptoms lessen and you start to feel better? At what point should you visit the Dr?

Most viral: Yes, most cases of sinusitis are viral. Typical symptoms lat 5-7 days before slowly resolving. Indications that you may have a bacterial infection are fevers >100, severe sinus pain, symptoms longer than 10 days or initial improvement before worsening of your symptoms. Obviously, see your doctor if you believe you have bacterial infection, but they can also help with meds for viral symptoms. ...Read more

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I have acute sinusitis, the dr prescribed augmentin and I took 5 pills, I am allergic to it how long will it remain in my system I am severely sick, dizzy vomiting, lethargic, nausea. I just want to know how long until I may start feeling better. I quit t

I have acute sinusitis, the dr prescribed augmentin and I took 5 pills, I am allergic to it how long will it remain in my system I am severely sick, dizzy vomiting, lethargic, nausea. I just want to know how long until I may start feeling better. I quit t

Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate): Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) should be cleared from your system about 6 to 12 hours after taking it. I am concerned that your symptoms may have been from something other than an Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) allergy; which is usually characterized by a rash, hives, or in more severe cases shortness of breath. Dizziness, vomiting, lethargy, and nausea sound more like a gastroenteritis or stomach flu. If you are not better by now, you should visit your primary care provider for a follow up visit. Take care. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for acute sinusitis?

What is the best treatment for acute sinusitis?

Saline washes: Acute sinusitis symptoms are similar to an upper respiratory infecion but more severe and includes purulent drainage with sinus and facial pain. It lasts longer than the usual 7-10 days of a normal cold. Saline washes or lavage are very helpful along with topical and oral decongestants. Occasionally antibiotics are needed if the saline washes and decongestants aren't helping. ...Read more

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I have acute sinusitis for the past week. How do I get rid of it?

I have acute sinusitis for the past week. How do I get rid of it?

Sinusitis: Sinusitis can be caused by bacteria or fungus. It can also occur if something blocks the natural drainage tracts within our heads like a polyp. You should see your GP or pediatrician. They may prescribe antibiotics. They may also refer you to an otolaryngologist (ENT). In the meantime...hot showers or steam. Netti pot could help as well. ...Read more

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What dosage would be considered a strong prescription for acute sinusitis?

What dosage would be considered a strong prescription for acute sinusitis?

Antibiotic sinusitis: It depends on the antibiotics. Different types of antibiotics have different dosages. Each antibiotic has a specific standard dose for a normal size adults and for the type of infection being treated. The most important factor is that the patient takes the full course of antibiotics. For sinusitis the full course is usually at least 10 days for most antibiotics. ...Read more

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Can an allergist check for chronic/acute sinusitis?

Can an allergist check for chronic/acute sinusitis?

Sinusitis: Yes, they can, but are often not the best specialist to see for this illness. If you can see an ENT expert they are frequently more qualified, but yes, a good allergist may often be capable of determining this.. ...Read more

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Can acute sinusitis cause ear pain?

Can acute sinusitis cause ear pain?

Yes: Acute sinusitis by causing inflammation in the nose and nasal cavity can secondarily cause swelling in the eustachian tube. This eustachian tube swelling can create negative pressure in the middle ear and lead to ear pain. ...Read more

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What is the best way to beat a cold and acute sinusitis?

What is the best way to beat a cold and acute sinusitis?

Be healthy: There are no "shortcuts" to viral infections. The best approach is to get plenty of rest, exercise regularly, and eat a well-balanced diet to give your immune system all the tools it needs to do its job. ...Read more

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What are signs and symptoms of (acute) sinusitis?

What are signs and symptoms of (acute) sinusitis?

Following a URI: Acute sinusitis most commonly follows a cold so if you've had cold type symptoms for greater than two weeks, it might be sinusitis. Pressure, pain, drainage and discolored secretions are all non-specific symptoms and don't necessarily indicate sinusitis. ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms of acute sinusitis?

Multiple: Congestion, purulent nasal discharge, facial pain or pressure over frontal or maxillary sinuses. This pain can also be felt around temporal area, and can lead to tooth sensitivity or pain. Fever is somewhat rare. Usually the longer you have had the symptoms, the more likely it is bacterial (vs viral or even plain allergies). ...Read more

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Possible (acute) sinusitis if you get headaches but only headaches?

Possible (acute) sinusitis if you get headaches but only headaches?

Possible, yes: Likely, no. Without knowing all the details, it's harder to say, but in my experience, headache is vastly overrated as a symptom of sinusitis. ...Read more

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Suffering from acute sinusitis, what is the best thing to take for horrible headaches?

Suffering from acute sinusitis, what is the best thing to take for horrible headaches?

OTC motrin: As well as decongestants may help. Also try sinus rinses. Afrin (oxymetazoline) is ok, but do not use that for more than 3 days in a row, you nose will get dependent/addicted to it. If the headaches persist get it checked out. ...Read more

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Why does NOVASUS work better than Cherra Tussin for some people with Acute sinusitis?

Why does NOVASUS work better than Cherra Tussin for some people with Acute sinusitis?

Different: These two narcotic cough suppressants have different opiate suppressants- Novasus has hydrocodone and CherraTussin has codeine. Novasus has chorpheniramine, an anti-histamine, while CherraTussin has guaifenesin, a cough suppressant. So these two cough syrups work in totally different ways ...Read more

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Have acute sinusitis, and already takin medication (decongestive, histamine) is that enough to contain it?

May need antibiotics: If symptoms have been present for less than two weeks, it is more likely a viral infection and often doesn't respond well to these medications. If symptoms have been present for more than two weeks without any improvement, then antibiotics might be an option. ...Read more

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Will blowing out on your nose bring on acute sinusitis?

Negative pressure: If you plug your nose while sneezing the negative pressure can push organisms into the sinuses and lead to infection. Normal nose blowing will not. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed wit acute sinusitis, can this cause large lumps on my scalp?

Lumps with sinusitis: You may have reactive lymph nodes, but that's about all that might occur. ...Read more

Dr. Brian Novick
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Acute Sinusitis (Definition)

An infection of the nose and the sinus airways behind the nose and inside the cheekbones. Most often the infection ...Read more


Dr. Erik Borncamp
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Sinus Rinse (Definition)

Try spraying nasal saline several times per day to help reduce ...Read more