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What are the dangers of not taking your antibiotics for your sinus infection?

What are the dangers of not taking your antibiotics for your sinus infection?

Extension of infecti: If you have an infection, antibiotics are an assist to your body to eliminate the infection. Your body defenses are still present and you may defeat the infection without antibiotic help. The risks are that the infection may invade deeper, become chronic or set up scar tissue changes making you more symptomatic and more likely to get an infection in the future. There is a slight risk of invasio. ...Read more

Dr. Sheila Smith
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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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Which antiobiotic is 1) most commonly prescribed for sinus infection and 2) most effective at treating them?

Which antiobiotic is 1) most commonly prescribed for sinus infection and 2) most effective at treating them?

Usually none: Antibiotics are not recommended for the majority of sinus infections, which are typically caused by viruses and get better on their own. When antibiotics are used for cases that are particularly severe or prolonged, the standard recommendation is Amoxicillin for those not allergic to penicillin. ...Read more

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Please tell me what anti-biotics are recommended for a sinus infection?

Please tell me what anti-biotics are recommended for a sinus infection?

There are several: There are several antibiotics depending on how severe is the infection. High-dose Amoxicillin or a sulfa antibiotic can be tried first. If the infection is chronic or keeps coming back, you might need to take an antibiotic for 2-4 weeks. Ciprofloxacin or Levofloxacin can be used if the other antibiotics aren't working or you are allergic to the usual antibiotics. Take probiotics too. ...Read more

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My current anti-biotic (cipro) not working for sinus infection. What do I do?

My current anti-biotic (cipro) not working for sinus infection. What do I do?

Good drug: It may not be long enough sinus infections require at least 10 days of antibiotic often you see no change for at least 3 days. If this continues see your doctor to change the antibiotic. Unless you are penicillin allergic augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) works well ...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

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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Is it possible for me to get rid of a sinus infection without antibiotcs ?

Is it possible for me to get rid of a sinus infection without antibiotcs ?

It depends: That depends on whether you have a sinus infection or a cold. How long have you had symptoms? Most sinus infections are caused by colds. A cold is a viral infection, and antibiotics won't help. A sinus infection is a complication of a cold, and generally takes 10 to 14 days to develop. Don't wait longer than 3 weeks for an antibiotic, and seek help immediately for neckstiffness, eye swelling. ...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 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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Have sinus infection. On antiobiotics for the last 5 days. Both ears blocked. What can I do to unblock ears?

Have sinus infection.  On antiobiotics for the last 5 days.  Both ears blocked.  What can I do to unblock ears?

Can take time!: Sinus infections are stubborn, and can take a while to treat. As you've found, your ears may feel blocked, too. Using Normal Saline nose drops can help. Over-the-counter saline sprays are marketed as "simply sinus" or "little noses" - marketed for kids. Guaifeniscen (sold as the brand mucinex) can loosen secretions and make you more comfortable. See your doctor if the ear blockage persists. ...Read more

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Husband on amox generic for seven days for sinus infection...Took last pill 7 days ago. As of last night, has fever 103.3. Felt better after starting amox. Does he need a different type of antiobiotic? Time for er?

Husband on amox generic for seven days for sinus infection...Took last pill 7 days ago.  As of last night, has fever 103.3. Felt better after starting amox.  Does he need a different type of antiobiotic?  Time for er?

Typically : Typically sinus infections are treated for a minimum of ten days. If he is still having fever after 7 days then the antibiotics were not sufficient to cover his infection or the treatment was not long enough. He needs to be reevaluated. He should follow up with his primary care provider, if he is unable, an urgent care is a good choice. Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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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. John Leander Po
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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more