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How To Treat Acute Sinusitis Quickly
Where are ulcers?: Stomach ulcers are treated differently from pressure ulcers. Former can be fixed w/antacids etc & by getting rid of h pylori infection. Shifting weight regularly to remove pressure is best way to allow pressure ulcer to heal. Plus eat enough calories & protein. If ulcers due to infection, need antibiotics. If due to autoimmune condition, need to provide supportive care & possibly immunosuppressant. ...Read more
Sinusitis Rx: Sinusitis is generally treated with oral antibiotics and decongestants. Since sinusitis is often triggered by uncontrolled allergies, antihistamines may also help. When using antihistamines during sinus or ear infections, adding guaifenesin +lots of water can help keep secretions thin to facilitate drainage. ...Read more
Viral pneumonia: Viral pneumonia will not respond to antibiotics and treatment is mainly supportive. Rest, increased fluids, cough suppressants/acetaminophen at night to help with discomfort and multivitamins. Sometimes, medications such as steroids and inhalers are used to hasten recovery if there is a history or reactive airways (asthma). ...Read more
Sinusitis: Greetings. The treatment of choice in my practice for chronic sinusitis would be an antibiotic, possibly a steroid medication, a nasal spray and a follow up visit after the medication has been completed. Further evaluation such as a nasal endoscopy or ct scan may be helpful to check for recovery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If my Acute Bronchitis is viral, please describe Symptom management of Acute Bronchitis. How can it help to treat?
Multiple remedies: Some "old school" remedies still work well" granma's tea and honey, warm water ( not brine!) gargles, hot broth,boullion and consume, plain dark honey from a spoon( bolsters immine system and supresses cough) a good generic cough medication ( ie ala Robitssin DM or Mucinex, (guaifenesin)) hot steam showers. A shot of honey and brandy at bedtime is quite soothing. ...Read more
Bronchitis: In general, bronchitis can first be addressed by over the counter measures. Cough specific syrups or tablets are readily available. Decongestant medicines can help if the cough is related to sinus drainage. Giving the bronchitis ample time to clear is advisable but if you develop fevers, shortness of breath, chest pains, or bloody sputum, it may be time to see your doctor. ...Read more
Antibiotics usually: Chronic prostatitis is an often frustrating disease to endure as a patient and frustrating to treat as a physician. There is a related condition known as chronic pelvic pain syndrome. The treatment for chronic prostatitis is simply antibiotic therapy. Continue to follow your urologist recommendations. Pain medications like aleve (naproxen) or related prescription meds like arcoxia can help control symptoms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Comfort measures: Some viral ear infections self heal in 2-4 day. Bacterial infections tend to persist and may lead to real complications. If not better after 3-4 days of comfort care, an evaluation and treatment is advised.Prior to antibiotics, hearing loss due to chronic middle ear disease was not uncommon and a significant complication called mastoiditis requires surgical drainage.Infants should see the doc. ...Read more
Avoid the cause(s): Cigarettes and pollution are the two biggest contributors. Stop one and avoid the other as much as you can. Treatment is symptomatic; bronchodilators if you are short of breath, steroid inhalers for people who have frequent "exacerbations", antibiotics and oral steroids for acute exacerbations, and yearly influenza vaccination to reduce risk of serious illness. Oh, and did i mention "no smoking?". ...Read more
Rhinitis : There are a multitude of treatments. I would start with an oral anti histamine such as Claritin or Allegra once every 24 hours. If this is not satisfactory then you can add an intranasa, steroid such as Nasonex or Flonase which you use once a day getting each medication 12 hours after the other. Good luck ...Read more
Does latest research now say that chronic sinusitis is caused by immunity or allergy problems rather than by improperly treated acute sinusitis?
Acute sinusitis: Acute sinusitis is inflammation of the cavities around your nasal passages with associated mucus drainage, which makes it difficult for you to breathe through your nose. It may cause headache, pain around your eyes and cheeks. It’s typically due to a bacterial infection, but could be due to allergies, viral or fungal infections. Acute sinusitis lasts up to 4wks (subacute 4-12wks & chronic>12wks). ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Possibilities: It might not be sinusitis at all, or if it is you might have a blockage of your sinus drainage pathway. A ct of the sinuses can answer these questions and is generally the first step in answering your question. Other possibilities include allergies, antibiotic-resistant bacteria and, rarely, antibody deficiency. ...Read more
Multiple causes: Usually a normal cold or flu (upper respiratory infection) which is caused by a virus after 5 days or so causes the sinus openings to block up and then bacteria develop within the sinuses causing an acute sinusitis. This then requires treatment via oral antibiotics and decongestants. However chronic smoking and allergies can also block up the sinus openings leading to an infection as well. ...Read more
Infection : Acute sinusitis is an infection of the nasal sinuses (maxillary, frontal, ethmoid, or sphenoid) that is of recent onset. This infection is usually of bacterial origin, but could also be due to a viral or fungal infection as well. Common symptoms include nasal congestion, foul odor from the nose, cough, facial or upper teeth pain, and a "sinus" headache. See your doctor if you have these symptoms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Recurrent sinusitis: There are many reasons why people get recurrent sinusitis. You may be suffering from allergies that predispose you to recurrent attacks. You may also have some anatomic abnormalities that require surgery to fix- see an ENT doctor and they may recommend a ctscan to see what the underlying problem is. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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