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Doctor insights on: Steroid Shot For Sinus Infection Side Effects

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I received a steroid shot for a recurring sinus infection. When will I feel better?

I received a steroid shot for a recurring sinus infection. When will I feel better?

24hrs if on abx: If antibiotics were given for a sinus infection a steroid injection will expedite recovery. If however a antibiotic was not given, steroids may suppression your immune and therefore prolong your illness. When considering corticosteroids therapy always confer with your physician and way the pros and cons. ...Read more

Dr. Harinder Gill
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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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Given a steroid shot for a sinus infection. Forgot to mention to the doc that I am on testosterone therapy. Is there any contradictions?

Given a steroid shot for a sinus infection. Forgot to mention to the doc that I am on testosterone therapy. Is there any contradictions?

No: There are many different type of steroid hormones and medical uses. Testosterone, of course, is an androgenic steroid (of which there are also many) used primarily to treat androgen deficiency in males. I suspect the steroid shot you received for your sinusitis was a corticosteroid used to help relieve the inflammation and symptoms and no contraindications with being given both. ...Read more

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What is in the steroid shot my doctor gave me for sinus infection? How does it work?

What is in the steroid shot my doctor gave me for sinus infection? How does it work?

Anti-inflammatory: Steroids are the best anti-inflammatory medications we have to treat allergic and infectious inflammation in the respiratory tract - from the sinuses to the lungs. Steroid injections allow higher doses and faster onset of action than the tablets or nasal sprays, but expose the rest of the body's organ system to higher levels. You shouldn't get injections more than once or twice a year, if that. ...Read more

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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

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I am on the Zpak & Mucinex (guaifenesin) for a bad sinus infection. Dr. said she could also give me a steroid shot. I am allergic to penicillin is the shot safe?

I am on the Zpak & Mucinex (guaifenesin) for a bad sinus infection. Dr. said she could also give me a steroid shot. I am allergic to penicillin is the shot safe?

Safe: You are on medication which can help dry up and clear your sinuses. The addition of steroid can help this if your physician recommends this. There is no problem with penicillin allergy in this setting since you will not be receiving this antibiotic and others like erythromicin can be of use. ...Read more

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My daughter had a steroid shot in her left hip yesterday for a sinus infection. She is having pain in her right leg/calf should I be concerned?

My daughter had a steroid shot in her left hip yesterday for a sinus infection. She is having pain in her right leg/calf should I be concerned?

See your doctor: This problem can only be solved by seeing your doctor and being evaluated face-to-face. After a thorough examination, your doctor should be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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Doc said sinus infection. On Zithromax (day 3), steroid spray & steroid shot. Pain above left eye & face (sharp). Been a week. Annoying. Suggestions?

Doc said sinus infection. On Zithromax (day 3), steroid spray & steroid shot. Pain above left eye & face (sharp). Been a week. Annoying. Suggestions?

May want to try Neti: Pot using distilled warm water to help drain sinus congestion. If any eye lid swelling with fever, see your eye doctor immediately. You don't want to develop orbital cellulitis. Use cool mist humidifier if your home/apt is dry. And follow up with your doctor if your symptoms aren't improving. Reduce stress and get plenty of rest in, and turn off TV, computers, iPhone & hydrate as much as possible. ...Read more

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What are the possible side effects of having a steroid injection to combat a sinus infection?

Steroids and sinus: Sinusitis can be allergic reaction or infection, Allergic sinusitis can become infected. Medications used for allergic rhinitis/sinusitis do include nasal steroids. I prefer nasal/oral antihistamines to decrease the swelling and allergic reaction, though if severe rhinitis I have given steroids both injection and oral. If there are tender sinuses on touch I usually give antibiotics as well. ...Read more

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Side effects of sudafed for sinus infection?

Side effects of sudafed for sinus infection?

Insomnia, nausea: Insomnia, nausea, headache, dizziness, anxiety are some of the more common side affects. More serious, uncommon side affects are cardiac arrhythmias and elevate bp. ...Read more

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Prescribed amox/clav 875 2 times a day for 10 days. Could only handle the side effects for 7 days. Would that be good enough for sinus infection?

Prescribed amox/clav 875 2 times a day for 10 days. Could only handle the side effects for 7 days. Would that be good enough for sinus infection?

Sinus: By definition you have had an incomplete course of Abx. Best to be rechecked esp. If purulent discharge, Could use oxymetazoline spray every 4 hours for one week to decrease tissue swelling around sinus openings. Also saline nasal irrigations three times a day for one week. This is assuming you do not have chronic rhinosinusitis, polyps, smoker. These conditions will require much more treatment. ...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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I am on biaxin (clarithromycin) for a sinus infection. I am wondering if one of the side effects is increased thirst? I am drinking a lot of water! 1-2 gallons a day.

I am on biaxin (clarithromycin) for a sinus infection. I am wondering if one of the side effects is increased thirst? I am drinking a lot of water! 1-2 gallons a day.

Increased thirst: Increased thirst is a possible side effect listed with biaxin (clarithromycin). If you have had a mild fever with your infection, that also can trigger a response to drink more as you lose water through perspiration/fever, etc. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I have a sinus infection and just started Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) DS yesterday. I've been reading all the negative reviews. Worried about side effects. Is Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) ok?

I have a sinus infection and just started Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) DS yesterday. I've been reading all the negative reviews. Worried about side effects. Is Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) ok?

Usually no problem: It indeed can be alarming to read lists of drug side effects. But for Bactrim, (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) most of them are rare and few are permanent or dangerous. The vast majority of people who take it have no probem at all. And your doctor wouldn't have prescribed it unless she believed it would be more helpful than harmful. But recheck with the doctor if you remain concerned. ...Read more

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My doctor put me on cefdinir and benzonatate also give me a shot of steroids for my sinus infection. What else can I take to dry sinus up?

My doctor put me on cefdinir and benzonatate also give me a shot of steroids for my sinus infection. What else can I take to dry sinus up?

Sinus vs lung: Cefdinir is antibiotics, broad spectrum. Benzonatate is an anesthetic geared to decrease the cough reflex in the lungs. Antihistamines are anti allergy and anti secretion medicines that we use for sinus drainage and sometimes we add a nasal steroid for it. Talk to your doctor to know what is really being treated. ...Read more

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Rx Doxycycline for Sinus Infection. Stopped after Side effects (pulsatile tinnitus). It’s been 3 weeks, pulsatile tinnitus not gone. Permanent?

Rx Doxycycline for Sinus Infection. Stopped after Side effects (pulsatile tinnitus). It’s been 3 weeks, pulsatile tinnitus not gone. Permanent?

Probably not doxy: Doxycycline is not a likely cause. More likely a coincidence that it started while taking the drug, especially since it has continued this long. If one of your sinuses is plugged and filled with fluid, that could result in pulsatile tinnitus by increasing transmission of blood flow sound in an artery. Discuss with your doctor, including if other tests are indicated. ...Read more

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Had MRI for R side head pain x3 wks. Results no masses. Have sigmoid sinus disease. Steroids & cefdinir. No sx of sinus infection. Is this possible?

Had MRI for R side head pain x3 wks. Results no masses. Have sigmoid sinus disease. Steroids & cefdinir. No sx of sinus infection. Is this possible?

? Sphenoid: It may be your sphenoid sinus? It is possible it may be long standing and not related to your headaches. Be assessed after your treatment and follow up from there. All the best. ...Read more

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Diagnosed today with sinus infection & prescribed omnaris nasal spray. Do nasal steroids have same effects on bipolar disorder as other steroid forms?

Diagnosed today with sinus infection & prescribed omnaris nasal spray. Do nasal steroids have same effects on bipolar disorder as other steroid forms?

Highly unlikely: The absorbed dose is low, so I would not expect it to cause problems. I have only seen psych problems from oral steroids, and once from a steroid injection. No need to worry. ...Read more

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What urgent signs should I be aware of -being agressively treated sphenoid/maxilary sinus infection? Using oral +inhalled steroid, antibiot, decongest

Sinusitis treatment: Sinusitis should be treated and followed up using ct scans and symptoms as a guide to success. Other contributing factors such as allergy, immune compromise, polyps, deviated septums, gerd, fungal infections, chemical, environmental and toxin exposure should be considered and controlled. Long term medications, enhanced allergy management and surgery can be indicated. ...Read more

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Why might it be that steroids (medrol) be prescribed to help a sinus infection?

Why might it be that steroids (medrol) be prescribed to help a sinus infection?

Reduces inflammation: It reduces the inflammation associated with sinusitis and thereby improves sinus drainage. ...Read more

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Sinus infection- put on doxyccylcine today and wondering abt a steroid injection tomorrow for faster relief. Singer with a gig tomorrow night?

Sinus infection- put on doxyccylcine today and wondering abt a steroid injection tomorrow for faster relief. Singer with a gig tomorrow night?

Worth a try: There's no guarantee it will work as fast as you hope but it may. Steroids often improve sinusitis symptoms along with antibiotics and the injection is the fastest way to get it in your system. ...Read more

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Doctor diag me with a sinus infection presc zpak, also white spots at back of tongue and one on tonsil I take steroids for adrnl could white be thrush?

Doctor diag me with a sinus infection presc zpak, also white spots at back of tongue and one on tonsil I take steroids for adrnl could white be thrush?

Very likely: The combination of antibiotics and steroids commonly leads to oral yeast infections. These are usually whitish patches that have a curd like consistency and wipe off leaving a raw or bleeding base. These respond to Diflucan (fluconazole) or mycelex. I have found Nystatin to be of little benefit. Ask your doctor. ...Read more

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Have sinus infection took augmetin 10 days & steroid nasal spray then sinus started to smell bad, got refil augmetin 10 more days sinus still smell bad?

Have sinus infection took augmetin 10 days & steroid nasal spray then sinus started to smell bad, got refil augmetin 10 more days sinus still smell bad?

Time to culture: Including bacterial and fungal cultures. Empiric antibiotics are over used, and not all sinusitis starts with microbes, but when antimicrobials are used, the resistant strains find a happy home with no competition for food and neighborhood. ...Read more

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My daughter had been in excruciating pain for 2 days. The urgent care dr said it was a bad sinus infection. The pain is in her head and ears. She is taking percoset for the pain, nasal spray with a steroid and antibiotcs. The persoset does not take any of

My daughter had been in excruciating pain for 2 days. The urgent care dr said it was a bad sinus infection. The pain is in her head and ears. She is taking percoset for the pain, nasal spray with a steroid and antibiotcs. The persoset does not take any of

If: If her pain is persisting even with pain medication, then she needs to go back to her primary for a follow up and a change in medication. By the date of this post almost a week has passed, so hopefully she is better by now, so for you and anyone reading this post no one should ever have to deal with excrutiating pain, especially because it can mean something more serious is going on. Always seek medical help in situations like this. ...Read more

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Got a steroid shot and amox I have a sinus infection with severe headache. What is the shot for?

Got a steroid shot and amox I have a sinus infection with severe headache. What is the shot for?

Might help.: Steroids bring down swelling and inflammation so your symptoms may improve sooner. They are especially effective in patients with sinusitis due to nasal polyps because the steroids shrink polyps. It is also helpful to use decongestants and saline sinus rinses to help treat a sinus infection. ...Read more

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My husband had a steroid shot for sinusitis recently and it seemed to cause him to be angry and irritable. Is this a common side effect?

Side effect: Steroid can have side effects like a change in personality. It is usually a temporary effect. An adjustment in doseage may decrease side effects. ...Read more

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Can a steroid shot used for sinusitis cause pain? I have pain in my right leg, both arms (but mostly right), right shoulder, and left side of my neck.

Steroid Shot: I know of no means for a steroid shot to cause pain in right leg, both arms, etc.

Very strange that this should follow a steroid shot. I can't think of any association. ...Read more

Dr. Janice Alexander
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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