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My sinus infection won't go away, even after 3 rounds of antibiotics. What could be wrong?

My sinus infection won't go away, even after 3 rounds of antibiotics. What could be wrong?

See ENT: for sinus infections not responding to antibiotics you should see an ENT for evaluation. There might be infectious, inflammatory, anatomic, or immune system issues to consider. ...Read more

Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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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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Popping noises in nose aftee blowing it. .I'm still getting over a sinus infection on med second one won't go away?

Popping noises in nose aftee blowing it. .I'm still getting over a sinus infection on med second one won't go away?

Nasal sprays/M.D.: Sinusitis may take weeks to resolve and require more than one course of antibiotics. Nasal irrigation with nasal saline rinses and nasal steroid sprays may lessen the time to recovery. Monitor your temperature and reporting continued symptoms and report fever to your physician. I hope that this helps. ...Read more

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I've had thick and runny and yellow drainage for 3 1/2 weeks, tried everything and it won't go away it's even hard to swallow is it a sinus infection?

I've had thick and runny and yellow drainage for 3 1/2 weeks, tried everything and it won't go away it's even hard to swallow is it a sinus infection?

Yes: A bacterial sinus infection usually takes 7-10 days to develop. Now that it has been 3.5 weeks, this sounds most likely to be an infection. You should see a doctor to be placed on an antibiotic for 7-10 days. It would be advised that you use nasal saline spray 2-3 times a day purchased over the counter and i like to recommend Mucinex (guaifenesin) taken twice daily for about a week to help thin the mucus. ...Read more

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Had sinus infection/larangitis first of January. Still have a bunch of mucus in sinus cavity that won't go away. Gets thick when talking. take?

Had sinus infection/larangitis first of January. Still have a bunch of mucus in sinus cavity that won't go away. Gets thick when talking. take?

OTC Mucinex (guaifenesin): Try a week of Mucinex (guaifenesin) (OTC) or Guaifenesin , provided you're not allergic to it. Add lots of water. Get well ...Read more

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I've had a sinus infection for weeks now i've been taking different antibotics it doesn't seem to be going i want it gone will it ever go away?

I've had a sinus infection for weeks now i've been taking different  antibotics it doesn't seem to be going i want it gone will it ever go away?

See an ENT doctor: If you are not already seeing one, see one soon. This can become very severe with complications if the antibiotics are not covering the causative organism or you need adjunct measures to insure adequate drainage. See an ENT or get a second opinion. Hope you are better soon. ...Read more

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What can I do to make my sinus infection go away?

Otc meds help: Sinus symptoms can be from pressure in the sinus cavities. Allergies, viruses and bacteria can trigger these problems. Antihistamines/ leukotrine inhibitors are for allergies and decongestants for fluid built up help. Netti pot flush am and pm help prevent this for people with long term problems. See your doctor if you have had a sinus infection for more than 10 days or elivate blood pressure. ...Read more

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I have a sinus infection that will not go away, what are the holistic remedies?

I have a sinus infection that will not go away, what are the holistic remedies?

No easy answers but: This is a complex problem without easy answers. Often there is a component of allergy & mold exposure; a good air filter/ionizer can help. Most chronic sinus problems have a fungal component & antibiotics make this worse. Irrigation with xylitol & silver hydrosol solution can help. Olive leaf extract, andrographis & other herbs can help. See the book sinus survival by rob ivker md. See comment:. ...Read more

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Can a sinus infection go away on its own?

Can a sinus infection go away on its own?

Sinusitis: Sinusitis can be due to inflammation, viral or bacterial infection. Up to 2/3 of cases will resolve on there own. All you may need is saline irrigation, antihistamine, decongestant or a steroid nasal spray. If the symptoms last longer than a couple of weeks see your physician. ...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 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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Sinus infection 2 mos ago didn't quite go away with meds. Little better still blocked up, why do both cheeks under cheekbone appear sunken in now?

Sunken cheeks: It sounds like it's not that the area below your cheekbones are sunken (this would be quite unusual) but maybe that your cheekbones and above, in the area around your eye, may be swollen giving you this appearance. I would return to see your doctor or an ENT to confirm the persistence of your sinus infection. ...Read more

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Suspect I have a sinus infection. Will it go away on its own or do I need to see the doctor?

Suspect I have a sinus infection. Will it go away on its own or do I need to see the doctor?

Give it 5-7 days: Most upper respiratory infections (uri's/common cold) are viral & cause congestion, facial pressure, purulent drainage, & fever. They last ~5-7 days. Treat conservatively with otc products, sinus rinses (and good hand washing). Usually symptoms start to improve in 5-7 days. Antibiotics are *usually* not needed before then. If symptoms are severe or worsen after 7d, see your md or ent. ...Read more

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How long for a sinus infection? If it prolongs, what can it be? Going on 4 weeks and was on amoxicilin and zpack. Will it go away on its on?

How long for a sinus infection? If it prolongs, what can it be? Going on 4 weeks and was on amoxicilin and zpack. Will it go away on its on?

May take 6 weeks: If you do not have a temp., then what is remaining is prob viral. This will frequently take 6 weeks to resolve.

If fever develops or new symptoms, then recheck with your DR> ...Read more

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Could I have a sinus infection? My nosed has been stuffed up for 3 weeks and im getting head aches that don't go away

Could I have a sinus infection? My nosed has been stuffed up for 3 weeks and im getting head aches that don't go away

Based : Based on your symptoms it is more probable that you are having an allergic sinus / nasal reaction to seasonal allergens (pollen). An infection is also probable but less likely. You need to see your physician to obtain a definitive diagnosis and management plan. In the mean time, obtain an antihistamine / decongestant, such as Claritin d, from your pharmacy to see if it improves your symptoms. ...Read more

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How can Celestone (betamethasone) shot help persistent sinus infection? I am on my 2nd round of antibitioics and it doesn't want to go away. Doc put shot today,

How can Celestone (betamethasone) shot help persistent sinus infection?  I am on my 2nd round of antibitioics and it doesn't want to go away. Doc put shot today,

Antiinflammatory: Celestone is a steroid and steroids are anti-inflammatory medications. They cut down on the swelling and inflammation that is so often a factor in chronic sinusitis. Making sure not to smoke or be around smoke and using antihistamines and nasal saline can help as well. Good luck and feel better soon. ...Read more

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Can a sinus infection get worse without treatment? I thought mine went away but now I have really bad headaches still that wont go away.

Sinus headache: Yes, untreated sinusitis can worsen and cause serious medical risks, especially if the sinus involved is the sphenoid sinus (deeper in the skull). Although what most people call sinus headache is actually a migraine, if you have headaches associated with prominent nasal congestion or heavy think nasal discharges you should see your doctor for treatment. Hope you feel well soon, . ...Read more

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Took a zpac 2 weeks ago and now i believe I have a sinus infection? Will this go away on its own? Or do I need to go to a walkin clinic. 4th day of sy

Acute sinusitis: Can be caused by vital or bacterial infection. Is a common condition, but if you have signs or symptoms that may indicate a serious infection: severe headache
confusion, double vision, stiff neck shortness of breath call your pcp.
In any case is always good to see your doctor preventing future complications. ...Read more

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Had a cough for three months. Told was sinus infection. Didn't go away. Puke mucus every morning and cough all day. Emphysema runs in family?

Had a cough for three months. Told was sinus infection. Didn't go away. Puke mucus every morning and cough all day. Emphysema runs in family?

Sinusitis and cough: Likely post nasal drip &isnusitis. May need 2 wk of antibiotics. Can be bronchitis and reactive airways to the dripping. Consider benedryl before bed x 2 wk zyrtec in AM,elevate head of bed so does not drip into sinus. & antibiotic, inhaler,. Emphysema mostly due to smoking & in older individuals ( rarely earlier in alpha -1 -antitrypsin deficiency) so very very unlikey. F/u w/ doc ...Read more

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Took prednisone for a sinus infection now my entire face has broken out in acne. I finished the dose when will the acne go away?

Took prednisone for a sinus infection now my entire face has broken out in acne. I finished the dose when will the acne go away?

Most likely: Steroids can certainly be a contributing factor to the development of acne. Now that you have completed the course of therapy, the acne should resolve. Eat a healthy diet, wash your face with mild soap to help keep it clean--do not scrub hard.
If the acne persists, see your physician. He mat want to prescribe an acne cream to help resolve the problem. ...Read more

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I've been sick now for 8 days. Sinus infection, ears are hurting and clogged and eye was matted and blurry. Will this go away on its own or do I need?

Depends: Is the diagnosis correct? If actually have sinusitis you may need antibiotics, decongestants, nasal steroids, saline rinses with neti-pot, strongly suggest seeing a doctor and having this examined. If it develops into chronic condition you may have long term issues. Good luck and hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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Sinus infection & swollen glands in neck. Day 2 of zpak. The swollen glands are a pain! How can I help it/make it go away?

Sinus infection & swollen glands in neck. Day 2 of zpak. The swollen glands are a pain! How can I help it/make it go away?

Lymphadenopathy: Swollen glands are your lymph nodes doing what they are supposed to be doing, helping you eradicate the infection and kill the organisms causing it. You do not want to make them go away, even if you could, and you cannot. ...Read more

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Ive taken 1 500mg of clarithromycin today for sinus infection that wont go away feel sick and dizzy should i continue had doxycycline before?

Ive taken 1 500mg of clarithromycin today for sinus infection that wont go away feel sick and dizzy should i continue had doxycycline before?

Call your doctor: If clarithromycin makles you feel sick and dizzy, stop the medicine and call your physician, who can make changes in your drugs. ...Read more

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Sinus infection from tooth infection doesn't go away with penicillin is tooth treatment needed before sinus and throat are healed?

Sinus infection from tooth infection doesn't go away with penicillin is tooth treatment needed before sinus and throat are healed?

Treat the tooth: Always treat the source of the pain (tooth in your case) and not the site of the pain (sinus in your case). Good luck. ...Read more

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I've been on zithromax since 1/21 for inner ear and sinus infection, but still have the dizziness, when will it go away or could it be a brain tumor?

I've been on zithromax since 1/21 for inner ear and sinus infection, but still have the dizziness, when will it go away or could it be a brain tumor?

Ear infection: Inner ear infections can affect balance. This is a complex system and usually will recover slower than the actual infection, sometimes as long as 3-4 weeks. If symptoms persist longer than this timeframe, reevaluation is indicated by your treating physician. Brain tumors of the inner ear can cause dizziness as a presenting symptom, but most of these tumors present with hearing loss. ...Read more

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When after a sinus infection clears up will brain fog go away?

It depends: If you have treated infection but not obstruction it can be ongoing a long time.
If you have an anatomic issue or chronic allergy it could be months.
See your family doctor if it persists. ...Read more

Dr. James Dukelow
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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. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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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