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I have had a sinus infection for about a week now. Im on cipro (ciprofloxacin) and now I have a smelly, yellow colored snot. Is this normal?
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Dr. Gary Steven
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Yes and no
Foul-smelling mucus is most often due to a less common type of infection known as an anaerobic infection, which is not well treated by cipro (ciprofloxacin).
Clindamycin typically works best for these. If your symptoms don't resolve by the time you finish the cipro (ciprofloxacin), you should contact your doctor for a reevaluation.

In brief: Yes and no
Foul-smelling mucus is most often due to a less common type of infection known as an anaerobic infection, which is not well treated by cipro (ciprofloxacin).
Clindamycin typically works best for these. If your symptoms don't resolve by the time you finish the cipro (ciprofloxacin), you should contact your doctor for a reevaluation.
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
In brief: Rule out bad stuff
Unresponsive sinus discharge not responding to an antibiotic.
This is a tumor, major fungal infection, or wegener's granulomatosis until proved otherwise. Unless you clear in the next few days, consider a visit to an otolaryngologist.

In brief: Rule out bad stuff
Unresponsive sinus discharge not responding to an antibiotic.
This is a tumor, major fungal infection, or wegener's granulomatosis until proved otherwise. Unless you clear in the next few days, consider a visit to an otolaryngologist.
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Dr. Gregory Fehr
Emergency Medicine
In brief: Yes
Foul odor is a sign of infection, which you a treating with the cipro (ciprofloxacin).
If it doesn't clear within 4-5 days, seek out an ENT specialist. They may be able to "wash out" your sinuses and give the antibiotics a headstart.

In brief: Yes
Foul odor is a sign of infection, which you a treating with the cipro (ciprofloxacin).
If it doesn't clear within 4-5 days, seek out an ENT specialist. They may be able to "wash out" your sinuses and give the antibiotics a headstart.
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