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How to treat sinus infection at home?

How to treat sinus infection at home?

Sinus infection: You can try otc oxymetazoline(adrian) for three days as directed. Realize though if you don't have a fever and drainage, the likely your pain is from a sinus infection is lower. Many people with afebrile " sinus" should be evaluated for migraine or tmj. ...Read more

Dr. James Chapman
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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 can I treat a sinus infection with things I have at home I have a sinus infection and i was able to blew my nose, now it is like it is stuck and can't blew out

How can I treat a sinus infection with things I have at home I have a sinus infection and i was able to blew my nose, now it is like it is stuck and can't blew out

Dr : Dr jakubowicz already did an outstanding job of responding to the heart of your question. If you have chronic problems with congestion you might wish to consider use of a netti pot. It will not cure a sinus infection or correct pathologic situations, but it can be helpful. ...Read more

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I have an extremely painful sinus infection. No money, no insurance. Otc meds don't work. How can I treat it at home and get relief?

I have an extremely painful sinus infection. No money, no insurance. Otc meds don't work. How can I treat it at home and get relief?

Difficult question: Sinus infection is the result of blockage of the ostia (openings) of the air containing cavities in the face communicating with the nose. Therefore the treatment is ventilation and drainage. Or more specifically, the blockage has to be relieved. I can not believe that a community hospital emergency room could not help. If there is truly a sinus infection, you need good medical treatment. ...Read more

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Can a sinus infection with congestion and painful teeth be treated at home without antibios?

Can a sinus infection with congestion and painful teeth be treated at home without antibios?

See a dentist: In some cases, chronic sinusitis may be caused by a tooth infection. See your dentist to rule out any dental problem. ...Read more

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What should I do to treat a sinus infection?

What should I do to treat a sinus infection?

Sinus infxn: Many are viral in origin; so antibiotics won't work & can create resistant organisms. Anti- inflammatory meds (nsaids) can help relieve pain & inflammation, & decongestants (sudafed is one) can shrink membranes to allow drainage & relieve pressure. If fever & purulent discharge are present, see doc for evaluation & possible antibiotics for bacterial infxn. Saline nasal spray/neti pot. ...Read more

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I have a sinus infection... Thoughts on an inexpensive way to treat a sinus infection?

I have a sinus infection... Thoughts on an inexpensive way to treat a sinus infection?

Sinusitis: For acute viral sinusitis you should use Aleve for pain/fever liquigels work well. Use a saline nasal spray to clear your nasal passages. If you are feeling truly congested you can take an over the counter decongestant also but try the saline nasal spray first. Steroid nasal sprays are by prescription and can help also. Neither decongestants nor nasal sprays should be taken for an extended period ...Read more

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What can you do to treat a sinus infection?

What can you do to treat a sinus infection?

Facilitate drainage!: Getting the sinuses to drain is the first step.You can facilitate this by using Normal Saline sprays (simply saline) or a nettie pot. Steam helps, too. A decongestant or prescription nasal steroid may help to open the sinus passages, also facilitating drainage. Antibiotics have a role where these measures don't solve the problem - and it's common to see longer courses than with other infections. ...Read more

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What's the best way to treat a sinus infection?

What's the best way to treat a sinus infection?

Get an antibiotic: There are antibiotics made just for sinus infections. Surprisingly, not all types of antibiotics work for all parts of the body in the same way. See your doctor for the proper prescription. ...Read more

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Tell me how to treat a sinus infection?

Tell me how to treat a sinus infection?

Get an antibiotic: There are antibiotics made just for sinus infections. Surprisingly, not all types of antibiotics work for all parts of the body in the same way. See your doctor for the proper prescription. ...Read more

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I'm taking Keflex 500 mg twice a day for 10 days to treat a sinus infection. Will this help and is this enough?

I'm taking Keflex 500 mg twice a day for 10 days to treat a sinus infection. Will this help and is this enough?

It could be.: It might. I use a higher dose, but some docs don't. If you have seen no improvement at all (even just a decrease in color of mucus) after 5 days, call MD and discuss. Keflex can help many causes of sinusitis, but not all. ...Read more

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How to treat a sinus infection ?

If you have an: Actual sinus infection please seek medical evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Can I take cipro (ciprofloxacin) to treat a sinus infection?

Can I take cipro (ciprofloxacin) to treat a sinus infection?

Yes: Cipro (ciprofloxacin) is a broad spectrum antibiotic. Not everyone would agree that it is a "best drug" for a sinus infection. There may be others that wold be considered better for this. The question is "do you really have a sinus infection?" a sinus infection can be a viral infection in the upper passages with pain and discomfort or allergies with fullness/congestion and pain or frank bacterial infection. ...Read more

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Can clindamycin be used to treat a sinus infection? If so, at what dosage?

Can clindamycin be used to treat a sinus infection? If so, at what dosage?

Not recommended: Clindamycin would probably work for a sinus infection, but it is best to take antibiotics under the direction of a doctor. Many docs have moved away from using clindamycin because of the real side effects associated with it, including C diff. I would first try other therapies for the sinusitis, and only take antibiotics as a last resort. Indeed, those are our national recommendations for treatment ...Read more

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Is cipro (ciprofloxacin) good to treat a sinus infection?

Is cipro (ciprofloxacin) good to treat a sinus infection?

Yes: Yes a very good and strong antibiotic for sinus infections. Usually a second line antibiotic for resistant cases. ...Read more

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Can minocin (minocycline) be used to treat a sinus infection?

Minocin (minocycline) for sinuses: Minocin (minocycline) is an antibiotic from the tetracycline family so your answer is 'yes', it could be used from sinus infections. It would be effective for the flora that is usually found in sinus infections. I hope that answered your question. ...Read more

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I was taking Amoxicyllin to treat a sinus infection. After a week of use, I just developed a terrible rash. My torso & back are covered. Benadryl (diphenhydramine)?

I was taking Amoxicyllin to treat a sinus infection. After a week of use, I just developed a terrible rash. My torso & back are covered. Benadryl (diphenhydramine)?

Sounds like: You may have a "drug reaction" to the amoxicillin. You should review this with your prescribing doctor as some drug rashes can evolve and become more severe, and you may also have to avoid penicillin based drugs in the future. ...Read more

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My 9 year old son was prescribed Sulfameth TMP 800/160MG TB to take 2 x day for 2 weeks to treat a sinus infection. Is it safe for a 9 year old to take 2 x day for 2 weeks ?

My 9 year old son was prescribed  Sulfameth TMP 800/160MG TB to take 2 x day for 2 weeks to treat a sinus infection. Is it safe for a 9 year old to take 2 x day for 2 weeks ?

Yes: This is a routine plan of treatment. It would not be my first choice of meds but I use this plan as a backup when my first med doesn't work or the kid has a med allergy. ...Read more

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How can I treat a sinus infection?

Irrigate: I assume you mean treating this yourself. Sinus health is all about drainage; if they don't drain, problems persist. You can use a nasal decongestant spray twice a day for 3-5 days; before and about 30 minutes after using it, rinse your nose with saline such as nasamist, entsol, or simply saline. If the sinus pressure increases, or the colored secretions last more than a week, see your doctor. ...Read more

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How do I treat a sinus infection that isn't going away?

How do I treat a sinus infection that isn't going away?

Get an antibiotic: There are antibiotics made just for sinus infections. Surprisingly, not all types of antibiotics work for all parts of the body in the same way. See your doctor for the proper prescription. ...Read more

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Is there something i can do to quickly treat a sinus infection?

See doctor: Sinus infections require evaluation & treatment by a medical provider. Antibiotics are needed. ...Read more

Dr. Suzanne Galli
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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. Tiffanie Noonan
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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