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Old 03-17-2004, 11:12 AM   #1
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sinus infection on one side of my face??

Hello everyone!
About a week and a half ago I woke up in the morning and my eyelid was swollen. My vision in that one eye became cloudy and I noticed pain above my molars and behind my eye. The pain/ pressure was really bad when I lean forward. Well, I went to 4 different doctors, an eye specialist, two general doctors, and a dentist (thought it may have been a tooth related issue at first). They all say the same thing....sinus infection. I'm now taking antibiotics 3 times a day. How long does it take for the antibiotics to kick in??
Have any of you ever had a sinus problem only on one side?? This is such an annoying feeling I can count on getting a sinus infection about 2 times a year now. Do you know of anything that prevents them from occuring? I would love to hear from you. Thanks guys

 
Old 03-17-2004, 12:23 PM   #2
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Re: sinus infection on one side of my face??

Yes, sinus infections can happen on one side.

Remember that you have 4 types of sinuses; Ethmoid (around the eyes), Sphenoid (at the temples), Frontal (the forehead), and Maxillary (beneath the eyes and in the cheeks). One of these cavities can be infected. When more than one becomes infected, it is called "pan sinusitis."

These infections are caused by several factors

1. An upper respatory tract infection causes a secondary infection in the sinus area -usually easily taken care of through antibiotics.

2. A deviated septum and structural abnormalities cause swelling in the soft tissue of the sinuses, blockage, and ultimately infection. This usually requires surgery to fix (I go in Friday). Antibiotics will simply prolong the inevitable.

3. Nasal Polyps create an obstruction, and therefore, infection. This is corrected through steroids or a simple surgery. Antibiotics may be needed to clear the infection.

All 3 of these things can happen, if you are unlucky.

The antibiotics that are commonly used to treat Sinus infections are Levaquin, Avelox, or in minor cases, Amoxicillan. 14 days is the recommended duration, depending on severity. Some people have to take them for longer.

Because you have had repeat sinus infections, you are either suffering from soft tissue inflammation, or perhaps a structural abnormaility (deviated septum, bone spur, etc.) Most likely both. Go to an ENT and get an endoscopy done (they stick a snake-like tube up your nose). The doctor may also ask for a CT scan, which will show him the presence of bacteria, and the extent of any structural problems.

I would not sit on this. It can get really out of control (like it did with me). You can develop chronic bacterial sinusitis. Be aggressive with your doctors, and if they say that you have a deviated septum, ask about surgery to correct it. To may people take this thing lightly. After 4 months of hell, I'll never take it lightly again.

 
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Old 03-17-2004, 12:50 PM   #3
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Re: sinus infection on one side of my face??

Hey, thanks so much for all your help! I am on Amoxicillin 1 pill 3 times a day and I have not noticed much improvement yet, but I've only been on it for a day. Have you had anymore infections recently? I understand you went through 4 months of hell with this..my god.I cannot even imagine. What did you do to get it under control?

 
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Re: sinus infection on one side of my face??

Amoxicillan is not very good at combating sinus infections. Avelox works the best (according to my doctor, who is a specialist). Levaquin works well also.

If you still have problems, I would look at changing drugs.

 
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Re: sinus infection on one side of my face??

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Originally Posted by lunachick03
Have any of you ever had a sinus problem only on one side?? This is such an annoying feeling I can count on getting a sinus infection about 2 times a year now. Do you know of anything that prevents them from occuring? I would love to hear from you. Thanks guys
About 25 years ago I had surgery in my right sinus to remove a cyst, and also to fix my deviated septum. Ever since then I had several sinus infections per year, always starting in my right sinus.

About 2 1/2 years ago, when I got what I felt was another sinus infection, I started flooding my sinuses with a mixture of diluted 3% hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and kosher salt. Since then, I have not had to take antibiotics and I have my sinus infection problems under control.

If you would like to read about how I do it, and to read other people's comments about their experiences doing an "upside down sinus flooding", follow this link:

[url]http://www.healthboards.com/boards/showthread.php?t=129210[/url]
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