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I have a sinus infection, i'm on day 2 of amoxicillan. Now my face feels more stuffy, but less pain in my sinuses. Does this mean the meds are working?
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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
4 doctors agree
In brief: Amoxicillin not 1st
Amoxicillin is not my first choice of antibiotics for a sinus infection.
It sounds like you are responding, though. I would prefer Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) (Amoxicillin + clavulanate) - your symptoms should clear in about 7-10 days. I many times add a steriod pak when i treat for sinusitis. Also add some over the counter afrin (twice a day) for the next 3 days as well.

In brief: Amoxicillin not 1st
Amoxicillin is not my first choice of antibiotics for a sinus infection.
It sounds like you are responding, though. I would prefer Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) (Amoxicillin + clavulanate) - your symptoms should clear in about 7-10 days. I many times add a steriod pak when i treat for sinusitis. Also add some over the counter afrin (twice a day) for the next 3 days as well.
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Dr. Mike Bowman
Don't use the afrin for more than 3 days or your nose will start to get addicted! It's a great medicine, but only good for a few days.
Dr. Arthur Heller
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Decongest, expector
Agree with dr. Melder. And dr. Bowman.
May benefit from expectorant (guaifenisen) to thin out mucus; nasal steroid spray can help decongest, without systemic effects, without effects of nasal or oral decongestants that shrink vessels (bp problems, anxiety, palpitations, prostate issues, etc).

In brief: Decongest, expector
Agree with dr. Melder. And dr. Bowman.
May benefit from expectorant (guaifenisen) to thin out mucus; nasal steroid spray can help decongest, without systemic effects, without effects of nasal or oral decongestants that shrink vessels (bp problems, anxiety, palpitations, prostate issues, etc).
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