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How long does it take a sinus infection to clear up?

How long does it take a sinus infection to clear up?

Depends: An acute sinus infection can last 2-4 weeks because antibiotics have a difficult time penetrating into the sinuses and clearing up the infection. If there are structural problems with draining the sinus, it can be even longer or become a chronic infection. ...Read more

Dr. Austina Cho
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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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How long does it take a sinus infection to clear up? I am taking amoxicillin 500 mg for it.

How long does it take a sinus infection to clear up? I am taking amoxicillin 500 mg for it.

Sinus infection: Simple cases could clear in a week but bad cases can take two months of antibiotics to clear. If not better in a week or so a CT of the sinuses can be helpful both to confirm the diagnosis and to help determine the severity and potential need for surgical intervention. ...Read more

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What meds can I take for a sinus infection?

What meds can I take for a sinus infection?

Nasal saline spray: Many sinus infections are viral. Over-the-counter medications can make you more comfortable, like anti-inflammatory meds (aspirin, ibuprofen, etc) and decongestants (puedoephedrine). Steam and nasal irrigation can help. If your symptoms worsen or persist for more than 7-10 days, you may need antibiotics for a bacterial infection. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a sinus infection to go away?

How long does it take for a sinus infection to go away?

Depends on cause: Most, if viral, resolve in 10-14 days. Fungal or chronic bacterial sinus infections may require treatment and would persist longer without it. If a recurrent problem, then the immune system can be evaluated. Also would need to treat any chronic allergic or non-allergic rhinitis (chronic congestion, loss of smell, nasal drip, sneezing/itching etc). ...Read more

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How long does it take for a sinus infection to clear up

How long does it take for a sinus infection to clear up

Sinus infection: It depends on the cause of the infection - bacterial vs viral. Most of the sinus infections we get are actually caused by a virus and will clear up by themselves within 2 weeks. If at that time, there are still symptoms, we consider a bacterial source and may use antibiotics. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a sinus infection to go away by itself?

How long does it take for a sinus infection to go away by itself?

Sinus infections: Sinusitis sometimes becomes chronic and may nit go away without treatment. See an ENT specialist for a definitive diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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What can you take for a sinus infection if you have gluacoma?

What can you take for a sinus infection if you have gluacoma?

Antibiotics: A diagnosed sinus infection will resolve with the appropriate systemic (oral) antibiotics. As far as nasal congestion ; occasional sneezing, as long as you don't have narrow angle (occludable angle potential) then you may take otc decongestants ; antihistamines. I also find nettie pot saline nasal lavage comforting too. ...Read more

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What to take for a sinus infection--sudafed?

Yes: Decongestants can be helpful, but rinsing the nose with salt water can be even more helpful. There are low-volume sprays available in the drug store such as ocean spray or simply saline. High- volume rinsing with a neilmed bottle or neti pot are often even better. You need to see your physician if your symptoms lasts more than two weeks or you develop fever or facial headaches. ...Read more

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Is doxycycline 100 mg good to take for a sinus infection?

Is doxycycline 100 mg good to take for a sinus infection?

In general no: Doxycycline is not generally a good antibiotic for rhino-sinusitis. If there is objective evidence of a bacterial infection (documented by culture) I would always recommend a culture and sensitivity of the lateral wall of the nose, particularly, is pus is present. Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) in patients not allergic to penicillin or Levaquin would be my recommendations. But a culture is required to make sure. ...Read more

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How long does it usually take for a sinus infection to clear. And how long should you use Flonase spray?

How long does it usually take for a sinus infection to clear. And how long should you use Flonase spray?

Variable: Most patients gain some relief within 48 hrs if treatment is effective. Actual return to normal may take a week or two. Flonase is not specifically for a sinus infection. It can help if nasal allergies are part of the problem. ...Read more

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Why sinus infection takes a long time to heal?

Why sinus infection takes a long time to heal?

Chronic sinusitis: Chronic sinusitis (CS) is common condition in which the sinuses around nasal passages become inflamed and swollen for at least eight weeks, despite therapy attempts. It interferes with drainage and causes mucus to build up. CS may be caused by infection, but can also be caused by (nasal polyps).CS most commonly affects young and middle-aged. Antibiotics sometimes necessary for sinusitis, not always. ...Read more

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What's best used to take care of a sinus infection?

What's best used to take care of a sinus infection?

Tincture of time?: Most acute sinus infections are viral and can get better on their own in 10-14 days. If they are not improving by 7-10 days, then you may need an antibiotic for a bacterial infection. Using afrin/oxymetazoline (no more than 3 days in a row) can open the sinuses for better drainage. Salt water irrigations are amazing. Infections can become chronic with fluctuating symptoms that can be prolonged. ...Read more

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What would be recommended to take care of a sinus infection at home?

Saline: Use saline irrigation, otc decongestants, rest, lots of fluids.

See your doctor if fevers persist after a few days, you have significant facial/sinus pressure, etc. ...Read more

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What to take for sinus infections?

What to take for sinus infections?

Multiple options: Sinus infections occur when the nose is blocked. Antibiotics may be required. However, the runny or blocked nose is caused by chemical mediators like histamine or leukotrienes. So taking antihistamines like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and loratidine (claritin) help block the chemical mediators your body produces and helps stop the symptoms. Nasal saline sprays, decongestants, steroid nose sprays can help as well. ...Read more

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Can you take penicillin for a sinus infection?

Sure: As long as you are not allergic to it and the bacteria ends up being sensitive to it. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can I take Flagyl for a sinus infection?

No: Flagyl treats only anaerobic bacteria, which would be unlikely to cause sinusitis, especially acute sinusitis. Antibiotics aren't usually recommended for sinusitis, but when they are, you need something other than flagyl. ...Read more

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Take Claritin (loratadine) for sinus infection?

Take Claritin (loratadine) for sinus infection?

Yes: Claritin or "loratadine" is an antihistamine medication that may help with symptoms related to a sinus infection such as congestion. ...Read more

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What are considered the most effective anti biotics to take care of a sinus infection?

Amoxicillin: As long as you are not allergic to the penicillin class, the best initial antibiotic for a bacterial rhinosinusitis is amoxicillin. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to take cephalexin for a sinus. Infection?

Yes: Cephalexin will cover some of the bacteria that might cause sinus infection. It is freqently used for tonsillitis and skin infections. I don't generally use it for sinus infection. ...Read more

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I have to take Zithromax for a sinus infection and was wondering if they could be crushed?

I have to take Zithromax for a sinus infection and was wondering if they could be crushed?

Zithromax: Zithromax tablets can be crushed or cut to make them easier to swallow. Remember to take the recommended dose that was prescribed for you. I can't guarantee it will taste good. Good luck. ...Read more

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Please tell me how long do I take medicine for a sinus infection and can I take it along with 24 hour allergy pill?

If you have actual: Sinus infection then you would usually be prescribed antibiotics and would take the complete course of medication. ...Read more

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My 6 year old 52 lbs was given Amoxicillin 400mg for a sinus infection. Take 20mls daily. Shouldn't this be twice a day?

My 6 year old 52 lbs was given Amoxicillin 400mg for a sinus infection. Take 20mls daily. Shouldn't this be twice a day?

Usually: This med is designed to be taken twice a day. That is how I would use it. It leaves the body through the kidneys & twice a day use increases retention. I would use 10 ml of the 400/5 liquid twice a day (not 20ml twice a day) ...Read more

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Had c diff 6wks ago from antiobio. Now must take antibio again for sinus infection. Which is likely to be gentlest and could I use local, inhaled one?

Sinusitis: It is often unnecessary to use antibiotics to treat acute sinusitis. Try using saline irrigation with a Neti-pot, decongestants (Afrin nasal spray, oral Sudafed, etc.), possibly nasal steroid spray and/or anti-allergy meds. Try to stay away from antibiotics when the complications can be worse than the original problem. ...Read more

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I'm allergic to penicillen. Which Levaquin dosage is stronger to take for a severe sinus infection? Is it 500 mg or 750 mg once daily for 10 days?

Depends: It depends on the nature of the infection and physician preference. Sometimes, antibiotic courses of 3-6 weeks are required to adequately treat the sinus cavities. Because of this, antibiotic selection and dosages must be selected with care in order to reduce side effects, adverse outcomes of antibiotic treatment and the development of resistant bacteria. PCN allergy should always be confirmed. ...Read more

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How long can it take for a chronic sinus infection to travel to brain/bloodstream? Weeks, months, etc?

How long can it take for a chronic sinus infection to travel to brain/bloodstream? Weeks, months, etc?

Depends on: A lot of things, such as severity of infection, virulence of the offending oraganism, your body's ability to fight infection, intervening treatment, etc. Best to consult with ENT specialist. ...Read more

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I have 10 days worth of cephalexin 500 mg left from my husbands skin infection. Can I take this for a sinus infection? I am allergic to morphine

No: I applaud your efforts to save money / avoid waste and am glad that you asked first. While Cephalexin may work for some of the bacteria that cause sinus infections it is not the drug of choice so by taking it you would run the risk of side effects for naught.
Allergy to morphine is not a concern in this context. ...Read more

Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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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. Austina Cho
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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


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