How long can a sinus infection and sinus headaches last if left untreated?

Sinus Infection. Untreated, under treated, or even treated sinus infections can turn into "Chronic Sinus Infection" which could last indefinitely in some of the sinuses. Some require surgical drainage. I have had sinus surgery, believe me you do not want that surgery ( sorry my ENT colleagues) so if you are trying to forgo treatment of your sinus infection, DON'T!!!

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Having massive headaches and sinus pain. Had a bad cold about a week ago did it turn into sinus infection?

Actually.... The symptoms are not a great indicator of sinus infection nor are MRI's or even biopsies. The best is simply looking at the back of the throat to see if there is purulent drainage, in which case antibiotics are quite helpful. otherwise anti-histamine decongestant combinations are a good idea if NOT a bacterial infection. Read more...

I get terrible sinus headaches without any other sinus problems. What could be causing this if I do not have a sinus infection. I also have chiari?

Oxymoron. I do not think it is possible to have "sinus headaches" in the absence of acute sinusitis. You may have headaches for other reasons. I am presuming that an x-ray of the ethmoid, frontal and sphenoid sinuses were clear. If that is so you can not call this a sinus headache. If x-rays were not done, then see an ENT doctor for a specific diagnosis and treatment. Migraine needs to be ruled out. Read more...

Can tension headaches cause sinus pain and congestion? Went to dr and have no sinus infection. Sinus congestion is always worse when I'm tense

Consider seeing. an ENT doctor. He/she specializes in this combo of sinus pain and headache. Your doc can make a referral. There is a natural nasal spray called XLEAR that may be useful also. Peace and good health. Some folks prefer the use of a neti pot to cleanse nasal passages. Read more...

For how long does a sinus infection last for? Doctor has prescribed me med. For 5 days. Its been 2 days taking med. I still hv headaches and can't sleep

Depends. The duration of a sinus infection is often variable and can depend upon severity, duration, time before it began to be treated etc. Also, an antibiotic often can have most of its effects over a 10 day to 2 week period. It is possible that another antibiotic may be called for. Don't hesitate to call back dr. Read more...

How long on a 5 day course zpack for sinus infection before sinus pain will relieve?

Not long. If the organism causing sinusitis can be treated with azithromycin, symptoms should improve within 3-5 days of starting the antibiotic. Read more...
Full effect in 10 da. Azithromycine course is given over 5 days but it stays in your system for ten days, so to see the full effect you have to wait at least 10 days but you may see symptom improvement before that after 3to 5 days. Read more...

I occasionally smell an incense burning when there isn't. Lasts for a second. Slight sinus pain. Had an MRI last July, it was clean. Sinus infection?

Strange smell. Zinc is related to our sense of smell and taste. See your doc to rule out medical conditions and ask about getting your zinc level measured. If low you can supplement. An excellent micronutrient lab test is from Spectracell lab inTX, which measures lots more than zinc. Peace and good health. Read more...