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What good for sinus over counter medicine?

What good for sinus over counter medicine?

Sinus Over Counter: Anything that lessens congestion is helpful in treating sinusitis. The main problem with sinusitis is inflammation of the nasal and sinus membranes, leading to swelling, which leads to blockage of the openings of the sinuses. Oral decongestants, topical decongestant sprays, and saline flushes are all helpful. Most episodes of sinusitis follow a viral infection or an allergy flare. ...Read more

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Dr. Peter Ihle
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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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Whats a good over-the-counter medicine for a head cold (sinus)?

Whats a good over-the-counter medicine for a head cold (sinus)?

Colds: First of all, drink plenty of fluids and rest, if possible. To help with a stuffy nose, try saline nasal spray as often as necessary. A good decongestant is Pseudoephedrine taken orally - either liquid or pill. ...Read more

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Is augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) (or the generic) 875 mg. A good medicine to take for sinus infections and what else can help, including over the counter. Thank you.?

Is augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) (or the generic) 875 mg. A good medicine to take for sinus infections and what else can help, including over the counter.  Thank you.?

Yes : Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) is a good, broad spectrum antibiotic for sinus infection- it is Amoxicillin and clavulanate which helps prevent resistant infections. You could use a decongestant (and or antihistimine) over the counter to help with symptoms (can be used at the same time). ...Read more

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Which over-the-counter medicine will treat a sinus cold?

Which over-the-counter medicine will treat a sinus cold?

Cold - not actual : Sinus infection. Cold tips: for sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). * for congestion – saline nose drops or a neti pot. *for anti-inflammatory effect & mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup.**for hydration- lots of water. Try clear broth. * add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. ...Read more

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I get such sinus headaches that over-the-counter medicine doesn't work. Is there anything else?

I get such sinus headaches that over-the-counter medicine doesn't work. Is there anything else?

Sinus Headaches: This is a common question that can frustrate the physician. One should treat the underlying cause of the headaches rather than just taking something to relieve the symptoms. I would advise you to get to a sinus specialist. ...Read more

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Any over-the-counter meds that are really good with bad sinus pressure?

Any over-the-counter meds that are really good with bad sinus pressure?

Medications: Afrin nasal spray is the best medication for nasal congestion. It is also helpful for sinus and facial congestion. It can only safely be taken for 3-4 days, then rebound congestion can occur. Many patients fail to take advantage of this excellent med due to fear of side effects. Sudafed is also helpful. Nasal saline acts is very safe as has mild decongestant effect. ...Read more

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My nose is stuffy and dry what over-the-counter medicines i can use to fix this i believe that's a sinus problem?

My nose is stuffy and dry what over-the-counter medicines i can use to fix this i believe that's a sinus problem?

Allergies?: This may be due to allergies- check this out with your physician or allergist. In teh meawhile a safe, non-medication nasla spary you can use is saline. This is a specific concentration of salt in water. It willmoisten your nasal cavities and help the stuffiness. ...Read more

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Have sinus headaches for about a week. Taking sinutabs with temporary relief. Constant drainage any recommendations for over-the-counter medicines?

Have sinus headaches for about a week. Taking sinutabs with temporary relief. Constant drainage any recommendations for over-the-counter medicines?

Nasal irrigation: Nasal irrigation is safe and effective. 1/4 - 1/2 tsp pure sodium chloride (no additives) and 1/4 - 1/2 tsp baking soda (not baking powder) to 8 oz of body temperature distilled/previously boiled water, the solution is compatible with your nasal passages. Can use bulb or neti-pot or generic nasal irrigation kit to flush out nasal passages. ...Read more

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What over the counter medicine can she use if she has symptoms of cold, sinus, or flu? She's a breastfeeding mother.

What over the counter medicine can she use if she has symptoms of cold, sinus, or flu? She's a breastfeeding mother.

Cold and BF: Can use simple OTC for cold while BF. ie: Sudogest, Dimetapp. Tylenol q 4 hrs if needed for pain, temp. Just observe while BF. If cold worsens contact an MD internist per Healthtap. ...Read more

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What over-the-counter medicine can i take for sinus and throat infection?

What over-the-counter medicine can i take for sinus and throat infection?

OTC cold meds: Most over the counter cold medications combine antihistamines, decongestants and cough suppressants. People with hypertension should avoid those with pseudoephedrine. Guaifenesin is available is some preparations and is a great addition to the combination as it can thin secretions and promote drainage (MUST drink plenty of water for this to work properly). ...Read more

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I have sinus & eye allergies I use overthe counter medicine I find the effects are reduced is it possible to build a tolerance to otrivin & phenerghan?

I have sinus & eye allergies I use overthe counter medicine I find the effects are reduced is it possible to build a tolerance to otrivin & phenerghan?

Yes: Otrivin is a local decongestant, should not be used more than few days in a row, as continuous use would lead to rebound congestion, and shouldn't be used if you have cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes, and others. Phenergan (promethazine) continuous usage can lead to tolerance: you need more of it after some time to have the same effect. See an allergist or ENT/ophthalmologist for management, good luck ...Read more

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I am in cancun, came down with what i think is a sinus/ear infection... still want to be able to drink alcohol but want to relive the presure from my head what can i do... most medicine in Mexico is apparently over the counter?

I am in cancun, came down with what i think is a sinus/ear  infection... still want to be able to drink alcohol but want to relive the presure from my head what can i do... most medicine in Mexico is apparently over the counter?

Surgery may not help: I am a doctor who suffered for years with sinus infections.do the following: 1.Avoid anything cold. 2.no soda. 3.I use Sovereign Silver spray when I feel like I am getting another attack.its safe and natural.u won't get it in Mexico :( 4.I use VICKS topically as much as I can. 5.I use a humidifier at night 6.I drink lots of water. Good L ...Read more

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Any over-the-counter med for sinus infection?

Any over-the-counter med for sinus infection?

See below: Most sinusitis will resolve without any specific treatment. Topical (neosynephrine 1% nasal drops or spray) or oral (pseudoephedrine 60 mgs.) decongestants and saline nasal sprays give symptomatic relief. For severe or intractable infections appropriate antibiotic treatment is indicated. ...Read more

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I have tried over-the-counter medications for sinus congestion yet nothing seems to work. Any ideas?

I have tried over-the-counter medications for sinus congestion yet nothing seems to work. Any ideas?

Sinus congestion: Try irrigating your nose with saline or hypertonic saline. Regular saline is a mixture or one teaspoon kosher salt to one quart of water, tap or boiled. It does not matter. For hypertonic and more congestion add 3 tsp salt to one quart of water. 50 cc each nostril 4 times a day. You can add some baking soda, a pitch, for better ph balance. Good luck. ...Read more

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My 2 year old son has a really bad sinus infection, is there anything over-the-counter that works great?

My 2 year old son has a really bad sinus infection, is there anything over-the-counter that works great?

Saline: Saline drops or rinse will help clear the nasal congestion. A sinus infection in a two year old is difficult to diagnose and you should bring your child to your pediatrician if you suspect this. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of sinus infection over-the-counter

How do I get rid of sinus infection over-the-counter

Inflammation : Inflammation of the sinuses may arise as a result of allergies, upper respiratory tract infections with viruses, bacteria or fungi (yeast infection) although another not commonly recognized cause of inflammation of the sinuses arises from reflux of acid from the stomach (laryngopharyngeal reflux or lpr). Most cases are due to a viral infection and resolve over the course of 10 days. This does not however mean that you should be waiting for ten days for resolution of a sinus infection before seeing a physician. A sinus infection is suspected if you experience a headache/facial pain or pressure of a dull, constant, or aching sort over the forehead, between or behind the eyes, over one or both of your cheeks or in the very back of the head. This pain is typically localized to the involved sinus and may worsen you bend over or when lying down. Pain often starts on one side of the head and progresses to both sides. Sinusitis may be accompanied by thick nasal discharge that is usually thick yellow or green in colour and may contain pus (purulent) and/or blood. Often a localized headache or toothache is present (especially the upper teeth and more commonly the canine teeth) and it is these symptoms that distinguish a sinus-related headache from other types of headaches, such as tension and migraine headaches. Infection of the eye socket is possible, which may result in the loss of sight and is accompanied by fever and severe illness. Another possible complication is the infection of the bones (osteomyelitis) of the forehead and other facial bones — a condition also known as pott's puffy tumor. Sinus infections can also cause middle and less commonly inner ear problems due to the congestion of the nasal passages. This can be demonstrated by dizziness, "a pressurized or heavy head", clogging of the ear, popping and crackling sensation from dysfunction of the tube that equalizes the pressure in the middle ear (eustachian tube) or vibrating sensations in the head. The over the counter first line of treatment should include a nasal decongestant spray like afrin which indeed should be limited to three days or less, a mucolytic agent like mucinex or robitussin to make the thick secretions more watery so they can drain more easily and be removed naturally by the body. Both mucinex and robitussin come in several preparations. Whenever the name of the medication ends with a d (e.g. Mucinex-d) it also contains a decongestant that will help to reduce the amount of discharge and mucous. The advantage of an oral decongestant is drying your nose; the disadvantage is its common side effects including feeling wired at night (having trouble falling asleep) and occasional sensation of a strong, fast or irregular heartbeat, also called palpitations. If, however you feel that within a few days the pain or pressure over your forehead, cheeks, behind your eyes is either the same, worst or accompanied by thick yellow or green mucous or if accompanied by other signs like double or blurry vision, swelling of any part of the face or eyes, fever, prolonged symptoms, neck pain or rigidity etc. Prompt medical attention is in order. ...Read more

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What over-the-counter medications should I avoid. I have sinus and allergy problems and sometimes take what I have on hand is that ok?

What over-the-counter medications should I avoid. I have sinus and allergy problems and sometimes take what I have on hand is that ok?

Sinus problems: With your historic would be very careful with medications. I would. Avoid decongestants and would try to use nonsedating antihistamines but really i would call your doctor and ask him for a nasal steroid, they are the easiest and the safest they are not systemically absorbed stay away from liver metabolized drugs if you have ascities. Good luck ! ...Read more

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