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Why Is Mastoiditis More Harmful Than Sinusitis
Common: Sinusitis... Bacterial infection of the sinuses affects about 34 million people a year. Conservative medical treatment handles the vast majority of cases. At times surgical procedures like endoscopic sinus surgery or newer balloon technologies are used to open diseased sinuses. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate): There are a variety of antibiotics that can be used to treat sinusitis, so there isn't one best answer. My preferred choice for acute bacterial sinusits (with fever, pain and tenderness over the sinuses) is Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) for anyone who is not allergic to penicillin. A two week course of treatment is needed, because sinus infections can be difficult to cure completely. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
By History: Most sinus infections are diagnosed by the history. Typically, if you have a "cold" that lasts for more than 7-10 days... It's most likely a sinus infection. If you see your ENT he can use a camera to look in your nose to confirm the diagnosis. A ct scan can also be helpful as well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
CAT scan: I know that a good nasal examination that demonstrates pus in the lateral wall of the nose strongly suggests sinusitis. The yellow material should be cultured before an antibiotic is prescribed. You will know if you have sinusitis if you have yellow-green nasal discharge and pressure in the face and between the eyes. Chronic sinusitis (greater than 90 days) is best diagnosed with a CAT scan. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Acute mastoiditis can be treated with myringotomy and tube placement on the ipsilateral ear drum to allow drainage. Antibiotic given intravenously, by mouth and/or via antibiotic drops are commonly used depending on how ill the patient is. Mastoidectomy can be performed in patient not responding to the aforementioned treatment. ...Read more
ENT consult: Recurrent sinusitis may indicate the possible need for surgical intervention beacuase after each attack scar tissue may form so sisnuses cannot f]drain normally.Sometimes a change in antibiotics may releive sinusitis. Nasal sprays , decongestants and allergy control may reduce recurrences, . ...Read more
Sinus Remedies: Sinusitis is caused by inflammation of the nose and sinus passages in almost all occasions. Antihistamines, nasal decongestants, and antibiotics, if symptoms persist beyond ten days, are helpful. If infections recur, suspect an allergy or irritant, such as acid reflux or smoke. Anatomy may also play a role. Frequent infections? Go see an ear, nose and throat doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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