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Dr. Martin Raff
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What's the best OTC med for a sinus infection.

What's the best OTC med for a sinus infection.

Sinusitis: You can irrigate with saline through a neti-pot, use a nasal spray and an oral decongestant like pseudoephedrine. Ask your friendly pharmacist for this. The problem is that this will not directly treat the organisms responsible for the infection of the sinus and may make you at risk of significant complications. Recommend you see an ENT doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Adam Levy
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Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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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


Dr. James Ferguson
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Can sinus infection get better without medication?

Can sinus infection get better without medication?

Some can: The body can fight off some sinus infections over an extended period of time (4-6 weeks) but the discomfort & symptoms may remain for the duration. Decongestant nasal sprays & nasal wash out with saline may help over time. People did get these & survive before we had antibiotics. However, the prolonged course and symptoms may make it unwise to try.Significant complications can occur. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Borookhim
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Can a sinus infection get worse if OTC meds are not working?

Can a sinus infection get worse if OTC meds are not working?

Yes it can. You : Might need antibiotics if it is a true infection. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Ramirez
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Which symptoms of a sinus infection will OTC cold medicines alleviate?

Which symptoms of a sinus infection will OTC cold medicines alleviate?

Multiple: Otc cold medicines can alleviate almost every symptom: -pain/pressure (acetaminophen, ibuprophen) -congestion (phenylephrine, pseudoephedrine) -drainage (antihistamines) i would look directly for these ingredients to see what you are targeting. If not improving, an prescription antibiotic would be needed for the infection. ...Read more

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Dr. Adam Levy
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Dr. Tony Ho
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Will the medication for the sinus infection will have any effect on the abortion pill?

Depends: As with anything, it depends on what medication specifically you are getting for the sinus infection. ...Read more

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Dr. David Dang
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What do I do to get rid of a sinus infection if it does not respond to medication?

What do I do to get rid of a sinus infection if it does not respond to medication?

Get reevaluated.: Maybe it's time to get reevaluated by your doctor or see an ENT specialist. It may not be infection but rhinitis or allergy. Maybe you're not getting the right or adequate treatments. Maybe there are structural problems in the sinuses. A doctor would be able to help. ...Read more

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Dr. Clarence Wimberly
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What do I do if I have a sinus infection and my snot is orange I am already taking medication

What do I do if I have a sinus infection and my snot is orange I am already taking medication

Sinus infection: I assume you are on an antibiotic. If not then you should be. Other ideas are that the antibiotic is not working or you have not been on it long enough. If you have been on your antibiotic one week you should be better. If not better call your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Hamid Sajjadi
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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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Dr. Myra Skluth
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Best OTC meds for sinus infection and earache?

Sudafed if no HBP: Sudafed is a great decongestant and helps with ear pain. You need to ask the pharmacist because it is kept behing the counter. If you have high blood pressure, do not take sudafed. If you are anxious, you may not want to take sudafed either. It can cause palpitations and make anxiety worse. Vitamin c 500mg 3x per day is a natural antihistamine. Mucinex helps to thin mucus so you can blow it out. ...Read more

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Dr. Powlin Manuel
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Started out as a sinus infection but now have a nasty cough. Can i take Mucinex while on the other medications?

Started out as a sinus infection but now have a nasty cough. Can i take Mucinex while on the other medications?

Yes, you can!: Good evening, mucinex facilitates drainage of mucus, and thus help to eliminate what ever our immune system of the airway and lungs is trying to remove. Mucinex can be taken safely with other medications that do not contain guaifenesin. ...Read more

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Dr. Shari Jackson
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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


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Sinusitis (Definition)

Sinusitis is inflammation of the ...Read more


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