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Doctor insights on: Long Term Effects Of Sinus Infection

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Dr. Gary Sandler
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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 does sinus infection last?

How long does sinus infection last?

It depends: On whether you have an acute infection or a chronic infection. It also depends on many variables including the cause of your infection, your nasal / sinus architecture, whether you smoke, family history and other medical issues. ...Read more

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How long will it take a neti-pot to help my sinus infection?

How long will it take a neti-pot to help my sinus infection?

Depends: A neti pot is a good method for maintenance/ healthy sinus balance...But for an active infection see an ENT or dentist (if you have facial/dental pain) for antibiotic treatment. ...Read more

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How long will I be contagious for with a sinus infection or cold?

How long will I be contagious for with a sinus infection or cold?

There is difference: Most people do not transmit sinus infections; most clinicians agree that except for rare instances, sinus infections are not contagious expect in rare cases.
A person infected with a cold virus may be contagious for two to three days before any symptoms appear and remain so until he or she doesn't show any symptoms. This is a period of up to two weeks or so. ...Read more

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Does a sinus infection makes ur body feel drained and how long do I have to go thru this?

Really infected?: If you are not only stuffed-up and feel worn out and drained from breathing badly - but are infected, you might need antibiotics to get rid of it. Go to a doctor - if it is an infection and you get medicine, it will feel better in a day or so. But always take the medication till it's gone as prescribed to make sure you get all of it. Without meds, it might become chronic. You don't want that! ...Read more

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How long does sinus infection symptoms last?

How long does sinus infection symptoms last?

7-10 days: An acute sinus infection may follow a URI and frequently lasts 7-10 days. Often, the body's immunologic system cures itself, but if symptoms linger, than an antibiotic may be necessary. Steam inhalation, saline sprays or irrigations and decongestants are helpful, along with drinking plenty of water. ...Read more

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Why sinus infection takes a long time to heal?

Why sinus infection takes a long time to heal?

Chronic sinusitis: Chronic sinusitis (CS) is common condition in which the sinuses around nasal passages become inflamed and swollen for at least eight weeks, despite therapy attempts. It interferes with drainage and causes mucus to build up. CS may be caused by infection, but can also be caused by (nasal polyps).CS most commonly affects young and middle-aged. Antibiotics sometimes necessary for sinusitis, not always. ...Read more

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On average, how long will a sinus infection last?

On average, how long will a sinus infection last?

Duration: Even 60% of bacterial sinusitis clear without antibiotics. Bacterial infections show in three ways. Most common it is progressive worsening symptoms usually after cold or allergy attack over 10-14 days. Next is the cold that persists over 3-4 weeks not getting better or worse. Least common is severe sudden onset of symptoms with fever. ...Read more

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How long does it take a sinus infection to clear up?

How long does it take a sinus infection to clear up?

Depends: An acute sinus infection can last 2-4 weeks because antibiotics have a difficult time penetrating into the sinuses and clearing up the infection. If there are structural problems with draining the sinus, it can be even longer or become a chronic infection. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a sinus infection to go away?

Depends on cause: Most, if viral, resolve in 10-14 days. Fungal or chronic bacterial sinus infections may require treatment and would persist longer without it. If a recurrent problem, then the immune system can be evaluated. Also would need to treat any chronic allergic or non-allergic rhinitis (chronic congestion, loss of smell, nasal drip, sneezing/itching etc). ...Read more

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How long does it take for a sinus infection to clear up

How long does it take for a sinus infection to clear up

Sinus infection: It depends on the cause of the infection - bacterial vs viral. Most of the sinus infections we get are actually caused by a virus and will clear up by themselves within 2 weeks. If at that time, there are still symptoms, we consider a bacterial source and may use antibiotics. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a sinus infection to go away by itself?

Sinus infections: Sinusitis sometimes becomes chronic and may nit go away without treatment. See an ENT specialist for a definitive diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is it true that a sinus infection can last for a long time?

Yes: Untreated, sinus infections can last weeks, if not months! See a doctor if you have suffred this long! ...Read more

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How long can a sinus infection last without treatment?

How long can a sinus infection last without treatment?

Sinus: A true sinus infection needs to be treated with antibiotics. Warm mist, saline spray and decongestants all help drainage but the infection needs to be treated as well. You should have it checked out ...Read more

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How long should a acute bacterial sinus infection last?

Sinusits: There is no time limit. Some infections clear on their own but often they require treatment with antibiotics, steroids, sprays, etc. See your doctor for answers. ...Read more

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How long can my sinuses be inflamed when having a sinus infection?

Difficult to say: How long but usually can last even after treatment of the infection and even after the infection is gone. The symptomatic treatment with antihistamine and nasal steroid may take longer than antibiotics. ...Read more

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How long can a sinus infection and sinus headaches last if left untreated?

Sinus Infection: Untreated, under treated, or even treated sinus infections can turn into "Chronic Sinus Infection" which could last indefinitely in some of the sinuses. Some require surgical drainage. I have had sinus surgery, believe me you do not want that surgery (sorry my ENT colleagues) so if you are trying to forgo treatment of your sinus infection, DON'T!!! ...Read more

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How long does it take a sinus infection to clear up? I am taking amoxicillin 500 mg for it.

Sinus infection: Simple cases could clear in a week but bad cases can take two months of antibiotics to clear. If not better in a week or so a CT of the sinuses can be helpful both to confirm the diagnosis and to help determine the severity and potential need for surgical intervention. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me how long will it take for pain to subside from sinus infection affection right side of face?

Can someone tell me how long will it take for pain to subside from sinus infection affection right side of face?

Clear the blockage: Pain from a sinus infection occurs due to the pressure build up in one of the sinuses due to blockage of the meatus ("drain" of the sinus.) clearing this blockage can be accomplished through lavage (nedi pot, saline nose spray, etc.), mucolytics (mucinex, plain robitussin), decreasing the viscosity by drinking lots of fluids, and antibiotics to kill bacterial infections that cause swelling. ...Read more

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How long untill I start seeing improvement for persistent sinus infection I already had endioscopic surgery and the infection came back?

How long untill I start seeing improvement for persistent sinus infection I already had endioscopic surgery and the infection came back?

Ask your surgeon: The purposes of sinus surgery can be summarized in two words. Ventilation and drainage. That does not mean that you can not develop an infection in those same sinuses following a viral infection of the nose. It is impossible to really answer your question because we do not know how extensive your sinusitis or surgery was. Did you have polyps. They often recur. Check with your surgeon. ...Read more

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How long until amoxicillin works? Sinus infection, been on meds for 7 days out of a 10 day dose and feel the same If not worse. What should I do?

How long until amoxicillin works? Sinus infection, been on meds for 7 days out of a 10 day dose and feel the same If not worse. What should I do?

Sinusitis: You have either been misdiagnosed or inadequately treated. Under medication, you only report Ibuprofen and don't even list amoxicillin. Are you on any meds for allergies? Are you congested? Do you have facial pressure? Any nasal or post-nasal discharge? You have not provided enough information for a meaningful response. If your sx are worsening on amoxicillin, return to your doctor ASAP. ...Read more

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On biaxin (clarithromycin) for a sinus infection how long does it take to work I have been on it for 5 days, I am not getting better, I feel like I am getting worse.

On biaxin (clarithromycin) for a sinus infection how long does it take to work I have been on it for 5 days, I am not getting better, I feel like I am getting worse.

Biaxin (clarithromycin): Is a macrolide antibiotic. It is used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections include respiratory and sinus infections. If no side effects continue to take this medication until gone.
Rec. If no improvement after 1 week see a primary care physician. ...Read more

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How long does a sinus infection make u dizzy?

How long does a sinus infection make u dizzy?

6 weeks??: Sinusitis, as well as many viruses, can cause a labyrinthitis, that results in dizziness. This can last sometimes as long as 6 weeks, with symptoms sometimes severe enough that people look drunk when they try to walk or have nausea with it like being seasick! It is important to see your doctor, to rule out something else & diagnose you, and there are some medications that can help the symptoms. ...Read more

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How long will it take Cefdinir to work on a 3 month old's sinus infection?

3 mo old: Three month old babies do not get sinus infections. There sinuses are not even developed at this age. ...Read more

Dr. Milroy Samuel
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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. James Dukelow
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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