treatment for a sinus infection?

Answered on June 21, 2016
Created October 07, 2012 at 12:47 AM

as confirmed by an MRI, i have a sinus infection...i am experiencing frequent headaches...and need relief....i took prednisone as prescribed by my doctor, however, I had an allergic reaction where I had shortness of breath...the same thing happens when I take aspirin....does anyone have any recommendations? thanks




on October 07, 2012
at 03:09 AM

It is pretty common to prescribe steroids in conjunction with antibiotics for sinus infections. I used to get them pretty chronically and was given prednisone a few times. It DOES help you get better quicker and gives you more energy so you don't feel so bad while you recover, but the side effects for me are still not worth it unless the situation is extreme.


on October 07, 2012
at 02:17 AM

why would you he give you steroids for a sinus infection? have you been diagnosed with aspirin induced asthma? (in which case steroids would make more sense...). how long have you had the infection? if it has gotten progressively worse, or gotten better and then worse again, or notice yellow/green thick discharge, it's probably an acute bacterial infection (which would prompt the MRI)... if you are otherwise healthy, some systemic abtx like azithromycin or amoxicillin sulbactam should do the trick. -we just did our pulmonary unit in med school!



on October 07, 2012
at 12:51 AM

We are not doctors. We are just people trying to live a healthier lifestyle. You should consult a physician about this. If you have a sinus infection that is bad enough to cause the doctor to order an MRI and you have had allergic reactions to 2 unrelated medicines then you need professional assistance.

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on June 21, 2016
at 09:37 AM

The best option to treat sinus infection is consult your doctor again. As you said the medicine pris cribed by doctor can cause side-effects, here are some remedies that help you to cure this: 1. A saline wash thins mucus and helps flush it out of the nasal passages. “Saline washes have been studied and proven to be effective, and should be the first line of defense against sinusitis. 2. Try bromelain. Sold as a supplement, bromelain is a protein found in pineapple stems. 3. Take a steam. Hot water vapor can help moisten the sinuses. “Sprinkle a few drops of eucalyptus or menthol in the shower and steam up your bathroom. 4. Staying hydrated helps your body in many ways, including keeping your sinuses moist. Drink water throughout the day, and make sure to steer clear of caffeinated or alcoholic drinks, which can cause dehydration, Graham says. Although recommended fluid intake differs from person to person, an easy guideline is to drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses a day. 5.Use a humidifier. A humidifier can keep the air moist, but be sure to keep it clean, especially if you have mold allergies. If the sinus pain does not improve with over-the-counter help then make sure you'll visit the doctor.


on October 07, 2012
at 01:50 AM

Like Luckie, I am also not a doctor. I do not get frequent headaches, and have not had a serious sinus problem for a few years.

However, I do have a way of "heading them off" when I feel something starting to bother my sinuses. I use sinus buster with good results (and I don't sell it, just a satisfied customer, NAYY). There is a newer version of the product called sinus plumber, which is supposed to work even better.


on October 07, 2012
at 01:06 AM

I have been cocktailing my sinus rinses with xylitol, baking soda and baby shampoo. Really.

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