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Is it worth going to the doctor for a sinus infection? Better to just ride it out? Going out of the country in 2 days, will a steroid shot help?

Is it worth going to the doctor for a sinus infection? Better to just ride it out? Going out of the country in 2 days, will a steroid shot help?

Yes: Usually I would urge you to wait a few more days to see how it progresses and I would rarely prescribe an antibiotic before a 10-day waiting period. But since you will be leaving the country where seeking medical care may be difficult, it is only prudent for you to get this checked out before your departure. ...Read more

Dr. James Chapman
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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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I have a sinus infection - should I go to the doctor or just let it run its course?

I have a sinus infection - should I go to the doctor or just let it run its course?

Give it time first: Normally a sinus infection has discolored drainage but clear drainage is also possible. An infection depends on the symptoms over time. Viral and bacterial symptoms are very similar. Even most bacterial infections clear without antibiotics. Consider antibiotics if symptoms worsening after 10-14 days, or persist more than 3-4 weeks. Most virus all infections clear after 10-14 days.Treat symptoms. ...Read more

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If you have a sinus infection you have to have antiiotics, so should I go to the doctor or have him call in something?

Not recommended: Antibiotics are not recommended for sinus infections unless they are unusually long-lasting or severe. Use decongestants. ...Read more

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What should I do for a sinus infection besides going to a doctor?

Xylitol solution: Try inhaling a warm solution of 1/4 tsp xylitol in a pint of water into your nose-not into your lungs. Gargle with the same solution. ...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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I think i might have a sinus infection and it's only been 2 days? Anything that will help before going to the doctor to see if it goes away?

I think i might have a sinus infection and it's only been 2 days? Anything that  will help before going to the doctor to see if it goes away?

Sinusitis: You can try using a netti pot to rinse your sinuses out, make sure to use boiled or bottled water for this. You can also try an over the counter decongestant and Ibuprofen to bring down inflammation. Many times sinusitis will clear on its own. If you don't improve after a week see your doctor. Take care! ...Read more

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How can I tell if i just have a cold or sinus infection and need to go to doctor ?

How can I tell if i just have a cold or sinus infection and need to go to doctor ?

How severe is it?: Unless you have a high fever or trouble breathing, you can usually give a cold or sinus infection 7-10 days to clear up. If it doesn't clear up in that time, or if you are getting worse after a week, instead of better, then see someone. ...Read more

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How can you tell if you have a sinus infection? Or how does a doctor diagnose it?

Even so: Even when we do sort it out, recent studies show so many sinus infections are those darn untreatable viruses that making the distinction may not be as helpful as we thought. We ask if illness has been over 10 days, headache and facial pain, tooth ache, high fever, thick colored runny nose and/or cough, worse when laying down with drainage. Does not help distinguish viral vs bacterial though. ...Read more

Dr. Krishna Kumar
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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. Andrew Seibert
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Sinusitis (Definition)

Sinusitis is inflammation of the ...Read more