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Doctor insights on: What Antibiotics Are Used For Sinus Infections

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Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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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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Is the medication ceftin (cefuroxime) a mild or major antibiotic for sinus infections?

Is the medication ceftin (cefuroxime) a mild or major antibiotic for sinus infections?

That depends....: Ceftin (cefuroxime axetil) is a 2nd generation cephalosporin antibiotic (there are 4 generations now). It is commonly given for infections across the lungs, sinuses, gut, and skin. Mild or major, depends on perspective but overall I would say that antibiotics are over-prescribed. The key at this point is to finish the course you were given. ...Read more

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I'm a teacher and I have had 5-6 ear/ sinus infections since oct. Only one antibiotic works and its hard on my system. What can I do?

I'm a teacher and I have had 5-6 ear/ sinus infections since oct. Only one antibiotic works and its hard on my system. What can I do?

Sinus infections: Find out what you are allergic to and treat that. An ENT doctor can help you. They can also see if you have an anatomical abnormality which predisposes you to an infection. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is it safe to use Advocare products while taking Adderal 15 and Effexor (venlafaxine) ER 75. Also taking an antibiotic for sinus infections - Biaxin. Thanks!

Is it safe to use Advocare products while taking Adderal 15 and Effexor (venlafaxine) ER 75. Also taking an antibiotic for sinus infections - Biaxin. Thanks!

Advocare +meds: Hi ~ I looked this up the other day because another person asked. I did not see anything in the ingredients that would cause any problem with your meds. The only TOXIC issue was suggesting that the "colon cleanses" do any good at all. Frankly, I think its todays greatest scam. Use metamucil to bulk and increase roughage in diet and exercise. The GUT was designed by a genius. Its self cleansing! ...Read more

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Is it safe to use Advocare products while taking Adderal 15 and Effexor (venlafaxine) ER 75. Also taking an antibiotic for sinus infections - Biaxin. Thanks so much!

Is it safe to use Advocare products while taking Adderal 15 and Effexor (venlafaxine) ER 75. Also taking an antibiotic for sinus infections - Biaxin. Thanks so much!

No Advocare: I would not use Advocare. It is not FDA approved. It isn't proven to be safe or effective. Also, there are no "quick fixes" for weight control, getting energized, etc. Fad diets only result in the weight being gained back later after the diet is over. You are taking a relatively low dose of Effexor (venlafaxine). Have you asked your doctor about possibly increasing your dose, as well as about your other issues? ...Read more

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I'm prone to sinus infections. I have had a sore throat and sinus pain for 2 days. Do I need anti biotics?

No: You need a proper diagnosis. If you have a sinus infection it is properly diagnosed with a ct scan. If you have chronic sinusitis, you may need surgery to open the drainage opening between your sinus and nasal cavity.
See an ENT surgeon for a complete sinus evaluation. ...Read more

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What kind of antibiotics can be used for sinus infections that are not typical?

What kind of antibiotics can be used for sinus infections that are not typical?

Sinus infection: The choice of antibiotics to treat sinus infections is a complex one. If a patient has never had an antibiotic one would choose an antibiotic based on the likely bacteria to be found in the sinus. First choice antibiotics are amoxicillin, erythromycin, and a first generation. Cephalosporin, like keflex. If you have seen an antibiotic before:augmentin, biaxin, (clarithromycin) clidamycin, and Levaquin are good. ...Read more

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Why is IV drip used for sinus infections?

In severe cases: Iv antibiotics are used in cases where the oral medication is either not available or not effective. If the infection is cultured and the organism is sensitive only to IV medications then that is the only therapy. ...Read more

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Can doxycycline used for sinus infections?

Not great: Doxycycline would not be my first choice of antibiotics. I agree that if you feel like you have a "sinus infection" and it has been only 2-3 days. It may in fact be a viral respiratory infection (common cold). If those symptoms last for more than 7-10 days then by definition it is a sinus infection and I would get it treated wtih antibiotics at that point. ...Read more

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Can bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) be used for sinus infections?

Can bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) be used for sinus infections?

Depends: Depends on the organism causing the infection and its sensitivity to the drug. Best, if possible, to get a culture prior to initiating treatment. Speak to your otolaryngologist. ...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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I never used to get sinus infections. Why do I get them now?

? Allergies: I'd bet you've developed some allergies that are either making you think it's a sinus infection or setting you up for one. ...Read more

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Are sinus infections contagious?

Are sinus infections contagious?

Yes: All infections are contagious. After about 24 hrs of antibiotic treatment the infection should not be contagious. ...Read more

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Could there be a cure for sinus infections?

Could there be a cure for sinus infections?

See details: Medications that open up the drainage and treat the infection are the best cures. ...Read more

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Can sinus infections cause anxiety attack?

Can sinus infections cause anxiety attack?

Well, sure: Anxiety has no specific inciting "test book" events that cause attacks, but each individual may act differently to stressors around them. Certainly, a sinus infection may cause someone with anxiety to get stressed and have an "attack." ...Read more

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How can I get rid of regular sinus infections?

How can I get rid of regular sinus infections?

See an ENT doctor: You may have a anatomical abnormaality predisposing to infections like a deviated nasal septum. You may want to see an ENT physician. ...Read more

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Is some dizziness normal with sinus infections?

Is some dizziness normal with sinus infections?

Not really: There is no mechanism by which inflammation in the sinuses can affect the inner ear, which is the source of dizziness. However, it is not uncommon for some people to report a sensation of dizziness along with a sinus infection. If severe, particularly if the room spinning leads to nausea or vomiting, you should be evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more

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Can air purifiers help prevent sinus infections?

Likely: HEPA grade air filters remove pollen, dander and small irritants from the air. If the sinus infections are related to chronic rhinosinusitis (persistent congestion being the predominant symptom), then it could help. Even more effective would be to identify the cause of the infections (CRS, immunodeficiency?) to guide management. An Allergist can help! ...Read more

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Is clarithromycin good for recurrent sinus infections?

Recurrent Sinus Infe: Clarithromycin is acceptable. Unless you are allergic to penicillin, Amoxicillin is the drug choice. If you have taken antibiotics within the past six week, amoxicllin/clavulanate or Moxifloxacin are other choices. Go see your primary care provider, if your symptoms have lasted longer than seven days, as you'll need a prescription for antibiotics. ...Read more

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Frequent sinus infections be treated with saline drops?

Frequent sinus infections be treated with saline drops?

Probably helpful: Might use saline irrigation over drops, although some controversy. My patients have found it useful. Several things contribute to chronic sinus problems. Most issues are not truly infections, but usually more congestion. Avoid smoking and smoke exposure, explore allergies, consider nasal saline irrigation, and avoiding dairy products for 2 weeks (most adults have some version of milk allergy). ...Read more

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What is the best remedy or treatment for sinus infections?

What is the best remedy or treatment for sinus infections?

Right diagnosis: There are many misconceptions about sinus disease and overlap with headache. If you are having purulent nasal drainage, fever and obstruction, you can try a short course of afrin 2 sprays 2x a day for three days only. Take some Motrin for pain. Antibiotics can help for bacterial sinusitis and ideally should be guided by culture. If you have pain with chewing, TMJ may be an issue. Soft diet, motrin. ...Read more

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Do symptoms of sinus infections feel like symptoms of a uti?

Usually not....: Sinus infections generally cause midfacial pain, which can be associated with discolored purulent nasal drainge and a low grade tremperature, uti, or urinary tract infection can give you symptoms of frequency, pain on urination and usually a temperature. ...Read more

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What are treatments for sinus infections that actually work?

Saline: If you have sinus infection symptoms past 2 weeks, you may need to see your doctor to confirm acute sinusitis. You may need an antibiotic. Symptom relief may also be provided from pain medications, decongestants, and nasal saline sprays or irrigations. Saline irrigations (neti pot) is particularly quite safe and effective in treating and preventing chronic sinus infections. ...Read more

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I keep getting sinus infections after maxillary surgery, why?

It depends: It really depends on what kind of maxillary surgery you had. If the drainage opening from your sinus to your nose is blocked it can contribute to chronic infections. You may need to have your sinus irrigated to clear this but really need to see your surgeon to make a diagnosis as to why you are having problems. I would also advise that you stop smoking as this will aggravate your sinus ...Read more

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Can a sinus infections reacurrance happen if you don't get treatment!

Yes: If you have a sinus infection that is inadequately treated, it can flare up again. It can also occur even with adequate treatment. If you have a vulnerability and exposure to an infectious agent, the infection will recur. ...Read more

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Do sinus infections require treatment or will theygo away on their own?

Do sinus infections require treatment or will theygo away on their own?

Depends: Sometimes they will clear one their own. If they persist more than a week or are accompanied by a severe headache or vision changes then seek medical help. ...Read more

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I keep getting painful sinus infections, could there be a problem with my sinuses?

Yes: Many questions first. Are you a smoker? Do you irrigate your sinuses with a saline/bicarb rinse daily? Once you have had sinus infections they may alter the lining of the sinuses which normally clear secretions. You may also have obstruction of the outlets to the nose from the sinuses. You may have bad dental problems. Strongly suggest you see an ENT doctor. ...Read more

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Aftee having sinus surgery, how many sinus infections until I need a second sugery?

Aftee having sinus surgery, how many sinus infections until I need a second sugery?

Unknown: The typical # of infections I see before I recommend surgery for some with recurrent acute sinusitis is about 3-4/year. If you've already had surgery... It could be 3-4 or more depending on tolerance/ desire to have further surgery and if there are residual area that can be opened. I usually recommend allergy testing before a second surgery to make sure any possible underlying issues are addressed. ...Read more

Dr. Eric Weisman
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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. Thomas Klein
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Sinus Pain (Definition)

Sinus pain = discomfort in cavities in the head & face. This may be due to congestion or infection of the sinuses. See this article on sinus ...Read more