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Author Topic: Recurrent Sinus Infections  (Read 3880 times)

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Offline lilguru

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Recurrent Sinus Infections
« on: October 22, 2008, 12:01:17 PM »
Can anyone give me advice on what to do to prevent recurrent sinus infections/sinusitis?  My primary care physician doesn't like to give me Biaxin (which I know works) but insists on the Zpac which is 6 days of antibiotic which isn't enough.

If I could somehow prevent these attacks, I would be much better off.  I get them 3 or 4 times a year and they get really bad without treatment.
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Re: Recurrent Sinus Infections
« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2008, 02:03:12 PM »
After months of persistent sinus problems, it was a course of high-dose co-trimoxazole (Septrin or Bactrim) for PCP that finally put my nasal woes right. Suggest it as a possible treatment to your doctor.

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Re: Recurrent Sinus Infections
« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2008, 08:16:05 PM »
Lilguru, have you ever been tested for allergies by an allergy doctor?  I don't know if that's it, but it might be worth checking out.
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Re: Recurrent Sinus Infections
« Reply #3 on: October 22, 2008, 08:48:33 PM »
You may want to talk to your doctor about what Betty said , I don't know if its allergy's you have but the same thing kept happing to me after moving back to Alabama from California .

My doctor sent me to an allergy specialist where I found out I had many things I'm allergic to . I cant take allergy shots , he instead gave me nasal spray and antihistamines that pretty much ended my recurrent sinus problems . 
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Offline lilguru

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Re: Recurrent Sinus Infections
« Reply #4 on: October 22, 2008, 10:48:55 PM »
Thanks for the suggestions.  I saw my ID dr. today.  She ordered a ct scan of my sinuses to see what might be happening.  I think the infections start as allergies that cause irritation in my sinuses then infection sets in. 

It seems if I can get antibiotics right at the onset I can keep the infection from kicking my ass, but dr's are reluctant to give antibiotics anymore.  I had a good ID dr. once who would give them to me when I asked, but he is no longer practicing and I don't have that luxury anymore.

I rinse my sinuses twice a day when they are infected, it helps some but not completely.

I have friends who have had surgery on their sinuses to prevent infections but most of the surgeries are unsuccessful.

I am still open to more suggestions.  Thanks again for the replies.
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Re: Recurrent Sinus Infections
« Reply #5 on: October 23, 2008, 06:49:04 AM »
i would seriousily suggest starting allergy shots !!!

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Re: Recurrent Sinus Infections
« Reply #6 on: November 02, 2008, 10:11:56 PM »

Try a "Netty Pot".  It flushes the "stuff" out of the sinus cavities.   It is a cheap way to manage your sinus irritations.

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