How long does an earache due to sinus congestion last without antibiotics?

Viral infection. Good question. But sinus infection or congestion of the paranasal sinuses does not cause ear infections. They may be related in that the cause of the paranasal sinus infection (assuming it is not nasal allergy) and the middle ear may be infected by the same virus. 98% of upper respiratory infections are viral and no antibiotic is indicated for a minimum of a week and a maximum of 10 days.

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How long can an earache due to sinus congestion last?

Depends. The earache associated w sinus congestion can las as long as the sinus congestion is present- you may not always feel the sinus pressure but you could have persistent infection of the sinuses or just congestion - this can keep pressure on the ears and cause earache to stay. Read more...

Hi Dr, I am having sinus congestion for over a month and have been treated with antibiotics as well, but it is still there. Should I just let it be?

Sinus Congestion. if the treatment with antibiotics didn't heal your Sinusitis then it could be due to allergy and you might not have the infection now. Allergy required long term treatment. Don't just let it be, you can consider visiting an ENT doctor to evaluate your condition and he can definitely help you with this congestion. Read more...
Sinus issues. Antibiotics will treat a bacterial sinus infection but won't help with viral infections nor will they help with the swelling and congestion. I would recommend OTC pseudoephedrine (its a hassle to get - you need ID and have to sign for it) but that in my opinion is the best for sinus congestion. A gentle nasal saline spray may also help Good luck. Read more...

What can I take for sinus congestion and pressure? I am 6 weeks pregnant. No cough. Just a very congested sinuses. And an ear ache. I am pregnant

Inhaled steroids. Sinus pressure associated with pregnancy can be relieved in the short term with intra-nasal decongestants but this ofter leads to a rebound effect and this can lead to overuse of the decongestant. The daily use of an intra-nasal steroid is safe and usually effective to control the congestion. Read more...