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Dr. Peter Ihle
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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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Any over-the-counter med for sinus infection?

Any over-the-counter med for sinus infection?

See below: Most sinusitis will resolve without any specific treatment. Topical (neosynephrine 1% nasal drops or spray) or oral (pseudoephedrine 60 mgs.) decongestants and saline nasal sprays give symptomatic relief. For severe or intractable infections appropriate antibiotic treatment is indicated. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of sinus infection over-the-counter

How do I get rid of sinus infection over-the-counter

Inflammation : Inflammation of the sinuses may arise as a result of allergies, upper respiratory tract infections with viruses, bacteria or fungi (yeast infection) although another not commonly recognized cause of inflammation of the sinuses arises from reflux of acid from the stomach (laryngopharyngeal reflux or lpr). Most cases are due to a viral infection and resolve over the course of 10 days. This does not however mean that you should be waiting for ten days for resolution of a sinus infection before seeing a physician. A sinus infection is suspected if you experience a headache/facial pain or pressure of a dull, constant, or aching sort over the forehead, between or behind the eyes, over one or both of your cheeks or in the very back of the head. This pain is typically localized to the involved sinus and may worsen you bend over or when lying down. Pain often starts on one side of the head and progresses to both sides. Sinusitis may be accompanied by thick nasal discharge that is usually thick yellow or green in colour and may contain pus (purulent) and/or blood. Often a localized headache or toothache is present (especially the upper teeth and more commonly the canine teeth) and it is these symptoms that distinguish a sinus-related headache from other types of headaches, such as tension and migraine headaches. Infection of the eye socket is possible, which may result in the loss of sight and is accompanied by fever and severe illness. Another possible complication is the infection of the bones (osteomyelitis) of the forehead and other facial bones — a condition also known as pott's puffy tumor. Sinus infections can also cause middle and less commonly inner ear problems due to the congestion of the nasal passages. This can be demonstrated by dizziness, "a pressurized or heavy head", clogging of the ear, popping and crackling sensation from dysfunction of the tube that equalizes the pressure in the middle ear (eustachian tube) or vibrating sensations in the head. The over the counter first line of treatment should include a nasal decongestant spray like afrin which indeed should be limited to three days or less, a mucolytic agent like mucinex or robitussin to make the thick secretions more watery so they can drain more easily and be removed naturally by the body. Both mucinex and robitussin come in several preparations. Whenever the name of the medication ends with a d (e.g. Mucinex-d) it also contains a decongestant that will help to reduce the amount of discharge and mucous. The advantage of an oral decongestant is drying your nose; the disadvantage is its common side effects including feeling wired at night (having trouble falling asleep) and occasional sensation of a strong, fast or irregular heartbeat, also called palpitations. If, however you feel that within a few days the pain or pressure over your forehead, cheeks, behind your eyes is either the same, worst or accompanied by thick yellow or green mucous or if accompanied by other signs like double or blurry vision, swelling of any part of the face or eyes, fever, prolonged symptoms, neck pain or rigidity etc. Prompt medical attention is in order. ...Read more

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My 2 year old son has a really bad sinus infection, is there anything over-the-counter that works great?

My 2 year old son has a really bad sinus infection, is there anything over-the-counter that works great?

Saline: Saline drops or rinse will help clear the nasal congestion. A sinus infection in a two year old is difficult to diagnose and you should bring your child to your pediatrician if you suspect this. ...Read more

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I have a sinus infection and have had it for about 2 weeks. Do I need to get an antibiotic or is there something over the counter I can take/do?

I have a sinus infection and have had it for about 2 weeks. Do I need to get an antibiotic or is there something over the counter I can take/do?

Allergies / viral: Most sinusitis is either allergic or viral. In both cases, initial symptoms can include congestion, runny nose and sinus pain. Usually, viral sinusitis resolves within a week. It may be followed by an episode of bacterial sinusitis and if you have symptoms improve initially and then worsen again, you may have bacterial sinusitis for which a short course of 5 days of antibiotics may be appropriate. ...Read more

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I m getting a sinus infection amd have high blood pressure. What over-the-counter meds can I take?

I m getting a sinus infection amd have high blood pressure. What over-the-counter meds can I take?

Avoid decongestants: Decongestants are vasoconstrictors, so in general, they should be avoided. If you have allergies as a risk factor for sinusitis, antihistamines might be helpful. Saline rinses generally are safe and helpful. One of the trusted methods involves a product called a "neti pot" which is widely available. ...Read more

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What do you take for over-the-counter sinus infection (no nasal spray) "I get headaches from them"?

What do you take for over-the-counter sinus infection  (no nasal spray) "I get headaches from them"?

Oral meds / Neti: Nothing really works well, but for intermittent congestion you could use an oral decongestant such as phenylephrine or pseudoephedrine. Talk to your pharmacist. Could also use nasal rinses or washes (Neti pot) or a nasal saline spray. ...Read more

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What medications can I take for a sinus infection while pregnant?

What medications can I take for a sinus infection while pregnant?

Depends: It all depends on which trimester pregnancy and severity of your sinusitis. Mild sinusitis usually are not given antibiotics during 1st trimester. On the other hand severe sinusitis in 3rd trimester may need treatment. See your ob-gyn md and do not self treat. ...Read more

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What to take for a sinus infection--sudafed?

Yes: Decongestants can be helpful, but rinsing the nose with salt water can be even more helpful. There are low-volume sprays available in the drug store such as ocean spray or simply saline. High- volume rinsing with a neilmed bottle or neti pot are often even better. You need to see your physician if your symptoms lasts more than two weeks or you develop fever or facial headaches. ...Read more

Dr. James Chapman
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


Dr. Barbara Lavi
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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