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Best OTC meds for sinus infection and earache?

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 (guaifenesin) helps to thin mucus so you can blow it out. ...Read more

Dr. Ira Friedlander
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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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Frequent sinus infections! need OTC treatment?

Frequent sinus infections! need OTC treatment?

Limit exposures: Several things contribute to chronic sinus problems. Most issues are not truly infections, but usually more congestion. Avoid smoking and smoke exposure, explore allergies, consider nasal saline irrigation, and avoiding dairy products for 2 weeks (most adults have some version of milk allergy).Sometimes, recurrent issues can be from lacking some immunologic factors(iga, etc) may help identify. ...Read more

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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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What's the best OTC medication for nasal congestion due to sinusitis infection?

What's the best OTC medication for nasal congestion due to sinusitis infection?

Just the opposite: Sinusitis or inflammation of the paranasal sinuses (there are 4 paired sinuses) does not cause nasal congestion. The opposite is true. That is, nasal congestion leads to sinus inflammation. It is true that they very often occur together, but the nasal congestion is the first event. Otc treatment may include saline (salt water) irrigations of the nose, a netti-pot and a decongestant. ...Read more

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Sinus infection remedy - what works for treating sinus infection?

Antibiotics work: Antibiotics work, as does inhaling intomy sinuses a warm solution of 1/4 tsp and a pint of water. The xylitol makes the bacteria very slippery so they are easier to get out of the body and less toxic. ...Read more

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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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Do nasal sprays treat sinus infections?

Do nasal sprays treat sinus infections?

Enhance: While a true sinus infection is best treated with antibiotics, there is data that one can enhance the resolution of symptoms by adding an intra-nasal steroid spray. This addition is probably most helpful in patients who have some nasal congestion on an allergic basis. The use of an intra-nasal decongestant may also be helpful in the first few days of treatment to enhance drainage. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a bacterial sinus infection to resolve using sinus rinses without using antibiotics?

Sometimes yes.: It is worth a try to clear it up with decongestants, postural drainage, and humidified air. Antibiotics are generally overused, in these cases. ...Read more

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Can amox-clav treat a sinus infection?

Yes: If you don't have a prescription plan, you may do as well with Amoxil 875mg three times daily and flonase. You can get them both for less than the Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) will cost you. ...Read more

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What prescription medication to treat ear infections?

What prescription medication to treat ear infections?

Depends on situation: The ear can have infection within the nerve, middle ear or canal.Each ore treated differently.For middle ear infections, Amoxicillin is one of several medications used that will kill the most common germs involved. Any antibiotic has a predicted failure rate of at least 5% , so monitoring and followup are important. ...Read more

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Can you treat sinus infection with flagyl?

Can you treat sinus infection with flagyl?

Maybe: Some chronic sinus infections may become difficult due to the overgrowth of anaerobic bacteria, and your doctor may choose Metronidazole as part of the treatment regimen. You need to be seeing an ENT for serious infections of this type. ...Read more

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Chronic infection or uveruse? Got sinus infect 6 week ago, started using OTC decongestant sprays. Congestion and infection symptoms keep getting worse

Chronic infection or uveruse? Got sinus infect 6 week ago, started using OTC decongestant sprays. Congestion and infection symptoms keep getting worse

Could be both: If your sinus symptoms are from infection, you may still have a smoldering sinus infection. However, your symptoms may now be due to rhinitis medicamentosa, a condition caused by prolonged over use of nasal decongestant type medications. You need to visit your doctor and stop using the nasal medications. ...Read more

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Which over-the-counter medicine will treat a sinus cold?

Which over-the-counter medicine will treat a sinus cold?

Cold - not actual : Sinus infection. Cold tips: for sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). * for congestion – saline nose drops or a neti pot. *for anti-inflammatory effect & mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup.**for hydration- lots of water. Try clear broth. * add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. ...Read more

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Which symptoms of a sinus infection will cold medicine alleviate?

Some: Usually cough medicine will help alleviate stuffy, runny nose, and aches depending on the medicine you use. They may also alleviate cough and post nasal drip. ...Read more

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Can decongestants and antihistamines be taken with antibiotics for your sinus infection?

Can decongestants and antihistamines be taken with antibiotics for your sinus infection?

Yes : Decongestants can be of some benefit but antihistamines in the face of infection can make sinus infections harder to treat by making your mucous thicker. ...Read more

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Can nasonex (mometasone) make a sinus infection worse?

No: Actually, particularly when used with an antibiotic for bacterial sinusitis (as opposed to the more common viral causes), using nasal steroid sprays during a sinus infection will actually help the inflammation to go away faster. ...Read more

Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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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. Michael Gabor
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Sinusitis (Definition)

A condition caused by an inflammation or swelling of the lining of the facial sinuses. It usually starts with cold-like symptoms such as a runny, stuffy ...Read more