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I have had a possible sinus infection for over 2 weeks. With OTC treatment made better, have ear and lower tooth pain now. Severe for a day? Related?

I have had a possible sinus infection for over 2 weeks. With OTC treatment made better, have ear and lower tooth pain now. Severe for a day? Related?

Yes: Go to doctor for evaluation and treatment. When your teeth and ears start hurting those can be a sign of worsening sinus infection not just a cold. ...Read more

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Dr. Hirenkumar Italia
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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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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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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 (guaifenesin) or Robitussin to make the thick secretions more watery so they can drain more easily and be removed naturally by the body. Both Mucinex (guaifenesin) and Robitussin come in several preparations. Whenever the name of the medication ends with a d (e.g. Mucinex (guaifenesin)-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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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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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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Can I take over the counter cough syrup after getting steroid shots for a Sinus infection? Can't get prescriptions filled till tomorrow

Can I take over the counter cough syrup after getting steroid shots for a Sinus infection? Can't get prescriptions filled till tomorrow

Yes: There is no danger in OTC cough syrup interacting with the steroid shots. Hopefully your symptoms will be relieved but is sounds like you are already consulting with a doctor. ...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 won't 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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I am taking augmenting 875 mg for a sinus infection. This is day 6 of treatment I noticed red dots sporadically all over my body. It doesn't ich?

I am taking augmenting 875 mg for a sinus infection. This is day 6 of treatment I noticed red dots sporadically all over my body. It doesn't ich?

Rash: It doesn't sound characteristic of an allergic reaction which causes hives or urticaria. The rash is bigger than dots and is raised and itchy. If it changes to that type of rash, stop the antibiotic and notify your doctor. All the best. ...Read more

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What are the treatment options for a viral sinus infection?

What are the treatment options for a viral sinus infection?

Symptoms only: There are over the counter medications to treat symptoms. But, there are no medications for viral infections of the upper respiratory track. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for a crick in neck that is going to my shoulders. I am recovering from a URI and sinus infection.

What is the best treatment for a crick in neck that is going to my shoulders. I am recovering from a URI and sinus infection.

Wry neck: You may have a wry neck as a result of your uri. Lie flat in bed when you go to sleep, without a pillow. Apply a heating pad set on low so you don't burn yourself while you are sleeping. Take Ibuprofen for the pain. It should take about a week to get better. ...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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Can Macrobid be used as an effective treatment for a sinus infection?

No: Macrobid is a drug for urinary tract infections. It's not recommended that sinus infections be treated with antibiotics, unless the symptoms have been going on for a long time. If you did treat, it wouldn't be with macrobid. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for chronic sinus infection? I have a severe bad breath and would like to get rid of it.

What is the best treatment for chronic sinus infection? I have a severe bad breath and would like to get rid of it.

Consultation: I would immediately schedule an appointment with an ENT to determine the cause of your sinus problems. Which might be much more than your bad breath ...Read more

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This is my 15th day of 15 day treatment w/Bactrim for sinus infection. 15 min. After taking next to last pill in bottle, got hives. Related?

This is my 15th day of 15 day treatment w/Bactrim for sinus infection. 15 min. After taking next to last pill in bottle, got hives. Related?

Possible allergy: If a person is allergic to a medication, it may take repeated exposure to the drug before the development of the allergic symptom or sign, for example, itching, hives or rash. So getting hives on the last day of Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) therapy is suggestive of allergy to the medication. Please inform your health care provider of this reaction. ...Read more

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What is best treatment for kids bad smelling mouth? What is sinus infection in kids?

What is best treatment for kids bad smelling mouth? What is sinus infection in kids?

See the dentist: A bad odor from a child's mouth can be from a number of things. It could be anything from halitosis due to a coated tongue, to tooth decay, to some other systemic disease. Please have the child examined by a dentist to determine if the problem is orally based or from some other disease. The sooner you have the child checked, the sooner the problem will be solved. ...Read more

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Dr. Cornelius O'leary jr
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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. Sanjiv Kaul
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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