I have had a sinus infection for awhile now. Its a week now, however I had this same infection several weeks ago which lasted a week than. Its more a nuisance than anything but recurring infections tend to alarm me. I went to a doctor and was prescribed z-pack. Is it wise to take antibiotics?
asked byprimallykosher (4131)
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on June 20, 2013
at 10:27 PM
If it is just a nuisance, I would not go there yet. If it gets past the point of annoyance onto pain/misery/unable to work or study, I wouldn't hesitate.
I used to get recurring sinus infections, too, though thankfully their frequency has decreased. I did have one earlier this year. Instead of antibiotics, I took Flonase. Really helped open up my sinuses and reduce the inflammation so that my sinuses could drain on their own. Flonase is an inhaled steroid, so it isn't perfect and should also be used with discretion, but since it doesn't have to go through the digestive system, it should not affect your digestion (if it does at all, not to the degree oral antibiotics would) and a smaller dose can be used because it is absorbed right through the membranes instead. I can't take oral steroids like prednisone anymore, but Flonase worked just fine and I had no side effects.
Of course, I am not a medical doctor, and I do not know if you have any other issues that would make Flonase unsuitable for you, so you should talk to yours. It may be something you could ask him/her about. If they just saw you today or yesterday, they can call in the prescription and you shouldn't have to go back into the office.
on June 26, 2013
at 06:51 PM
I've had doctors prescribe antibiotics for a sinus infection and others that didn't. If your infection is due to a virus, no point in antibiotics. Some doctors just prescribe them anyway.
One of the doctors, who also had problems with sinus infections, told me to use a sinus rinse with a bottle that will squirt in salty water (not just a mist). So far, this worked the best for me. I did the rinse 4 times in one day, when I was sick right before a big event. The next day, felt much better. Worked a lot faster than antibiotics would.