8 doctors weighed in:
How to get rid of a chronic sinus infection when antibiotics won't work?
8 doctors weighed in

Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
3 doctors agree
In brief: See an ENT
When antibiotics don't' help a sinus infection, either you don't have a sinus infection (you may have bad allergies, rhinitis, etc) or you have chronic sinusitis (a chronic sinus infection lasting >12 weeks which may benefit from surgery).
Either way, seek an ent, especially if you have been having many rounds of antibiotics that aren't working. Good luck!

In brief: See an ENT
When antibiotics don't' help a sinus infection, either you don't have a sinus infection (you may have bad allergies, rhinitis, etc) or you have chronic sinusitis (a chronic sinus infection lasting >12 weeks which may benefit from surgery).
Either way, seek an ent, especially if you have been having many rounds of antibiotics that aren't working. Good luck!
Dr. Mike Bowman
Dr. Mike Bowman
Thank
Dr. Reza Bayati
Wound care
3 doctors agree
In brief: Sinus ache
That is not unusual.
Chronic snusitis may not respond well to antibiotics. There are other approaches such as daily use of steroid spray and specific antihistamines may give great relief. Full evaluation is needed prior making decision on treatment.

In brief: Sinus ache
That is not unusual.
Chronic snusitis may not respond well to antibiotics. There are other approaches such as daily use of steroid spray and specific antihistamines may give great relief. Full evaluation is needed prior making decision on treatment.
Dr. Reza Bayati
Dr. Reza Bayati
Thank
3 comments
Dr. David Wishnew
A problem in sinusitis is that the ostia..the small opening from the sinus to the nasal passages...becomes inflamed and doesn't allow drainage of the sinus. Usually, an ENT doctor can do a small office procedure to open the ostia. OR, there is a surgical procedure called Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery that can open the ostia and drain the contents of the sinus cavity.
Dr. J. Patrick Tokarz
Frequent saline rinses with a netti pot can be helpful as well as antibiotics in a nasal spray. Call your primary provider.
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. William Forsythe
Board Certified, Emergency Medicine
23 years in practice
171K people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors