Sinus treatment. Yes, medications like decongestants (sprays and tablets) help decrease swelling allowing drainage. Saline spray helps to clean the nose of germs, pus, etc. It also acts as mild decongestant. Nasal steroid sprays may help. Steroid pills may help by decreasing swelling and inflammation. Chronic infection is treated with surgery.
Saline. If you have sinus infection symptoms past 2 weeks, you may need to see your doctor to confirm acute sinusitis. You may need an antibiotic. Symptom relief may also be provided from pain medications, decongestants, and nasal saline sprays or irrigations. Saline irrigations (neti pot) is particularly quite safe and effective in treating and preventing chronic sinus infections.
Probably amoxicillin. Amoxicillin still is the drug most doctors prescribe first for uncomplicated sinusitis.
Right diagnosis. There are many misconceptions about sinus disease and overlap with headache. If you are having purulent nasal drainage, fever and obstruction, you can try a short course of afrin 2 sprays 2x a day for three days only. Take some Motrin for pain. Antibiotics can help for bacterial sinusitis and ideally should be guided by culture. If you have pain with chewing, TMJ may be an issue. Soft diet, motrin.
Yes. If you have a sinus infection that is inadequately treated, it can flare up again. It can also occur even with adequate treatment. If you have a vulnerability and exposure to an infectious agent, the infection will recur.
Limit exposures. Several things contribute to chronic sinus problems. Most issues are not truly infections, but usually more congestion. Avoid smoking and smoke exposure, explore allergies, consider nasal saline irrigation, and avoiding dairy products for 2 weeks (most adults have some version of milk allergy).Sometimes, recurrent issues can be from lacking some immunologic factors (iga, etc) may help identify.
Depends. Sometimes they will clear one their own. If they persist more than a week or are accompanied by a severe headache or vision changes then seek medical help.
What is the best treatment for sinus infections? I have had a couple sinus infections in the past. I had different treatments each time. Is there any one treatment that is better or quicker? .
Typically. Typically bacterial sinus infections are managed with antibiotics. There are several antibiotic options depending upon your sensitivity and suspected infective agent. Severe chronic sinus problems may be managed with surgical procedures to improve drainage or remove the lining of the sinus.
Not a placebo. Amoxicillin is commonly used for sinusitis and should work well.
That depends.... Ceftin (cefuroxime axetil) is a 2nd generation cephalosporin antibiotic (there are 4 generations now). It is commonly given for infections across the lungs, sinuses, gut, and skin. Mild or major, depends on perspective but overall I would say that antibiotics are over-prescribed. The key at this point is to finish the course you were given.