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Dr. Malik Spady
Board Certified, Rheumatology
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I received a steroid shot for a recurring sinus infection. When will i feel better?

Dr. Malik Spady
Board Certified, Rheumatology
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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

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Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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Sinusitis (Definition)

Sinusitis is inflammation of the sinuses caused by a virus, allergies, bacteria or fungus. The vast majority of sinusitis does not need antibiotics and goes away with simple remidies like NSAIDs, ...Read more


Dr. Gary Steven
Board Certified, Allergy and Immunology
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What is in the steroid shot my doctor gave me for sinus infection? How does it work?

Dr. Gary Steven
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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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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Board Certified, Ophthalmology
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I am on the Zpak & Mucinex for a bad sinus infection. Dr. said she could also give me a steroid shot. I am allergic to penicillin is the shot safe?

Dr. Richard Bensinger
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I am on the Zpak & Mucinex 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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Dr. Nader Kalantar
Board Certified, ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
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Got a steroid shot and amox i have a sinus infection with severe headache. What is the shot for?

Dr. Nader Kalantar
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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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Dr. John Chiu
Board Certified, Allergy and Immunology
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Keep getting what feels like a sinus infection but with no fever. dr gives me a steroid shot and antibiotics. The shot clears it up but it comes back?

Dr. John Chiu
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Keep getting what feels like a sinus infection but with no fever. dr gives me a steroid shot and antibiotics. The shot clears it up but it comes back?

See Allergist/ENT: There are several reasons: (1)something is obstructing the sinus drainage causing recurrence of infections (hay fever is a common cause (2)The antibiotic used might not have been the right one or taken long enough. (3) The presence of an immune defect Rec: an allergy/immunology consult. ...Read more

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Dr. Gregory Lewis
Board Certified, Urology
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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?

Dr. Gregory Lewis
Board Certified, Urology
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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?

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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Dr. Michael Sparacino
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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?

Dr. Michael Sparacino
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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?

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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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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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?

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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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?

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

Dr. Rebecca Gliksman
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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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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