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How likely is it for sinus infection w fever to go away wothout antibiotics? 
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Dr. Eric L. Weiss
Travel Medicine
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In brief: Likely
Antibiotics are usually no better than placebo in the treatment of sinusitis per a study this month (feb '12) in jama.
Few, perhaps 5%, (those with symptoms longer than 10 days, worsening sx, or quite ill with high fever) will benefit from antibiotics. Otherwise try otc saline sinus rinses, decongestants, and time. For allergy patients oral anti-histamines or nasal steroid sprays can be helpful.

In brief: Likely
Antibiotics are usually no better than placebo in the treatment of sinusitis per a study this month (feb '12) in jama.
Few, perhaps 5%, (those with symptoms longer than 10 days, worsening sx, or quite ill with high fever) will benefit from antibiotics. Otherwise try otc saline sinus rinses, decongestants, and time. For allergy patients oral anti-histamines or nasal steroid sprays can be helpful.
Dr. Eric L. Weiss
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Dr. Matt Malkin
Anesthesiology
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In brief: Agree with Dr. Weiss
Was going to suggest same jama article.
I'm battling sinus infxn currently without abx based on the article. If does not improve, see doctor. Chronic sinusitis may require ENT eval, steroids, surgery. Be careful with otc sinus meds as can elevate bp. And don't use afrin (oxymetazoline) longer than 2 days or you'll never clear up.

In brief: Agree with Dr. Weiss
Was going to suggest same jama article.
I'm battling sinus infxn currently without abx based on the article. If does not improve, see doctor. Chronic sinusitis may require ENT eval, steroids, surgery. Be careful with otc sinus meds as can elevate bp. And don't use afrin (oxymetazoline) longer than 2 days or you'll never clear up.
Dr. Matt Malkin
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