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Old 04-24-2008, 06:10 PM   #1
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Sinus Infection for 2 months, What should I do?

About 2 months ago I came down with a sinus infection, sore throat, green phlegm. Well I took 10 days of antibiotics, and it did nothing. That was a month ago. I am stuffed up all the time and still hack up green stuff in the morning. I also took mucinex, junk did not work! I have inhaled apple cider vinegar, which actually give some tempory relief, but this will not go away. I have never been sick this long in my life. In December I found out I have Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, maybe my immune system is really low? Any suggestiona?

 
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Re: Sinus Infection for 2 months, What should I do?

There are some things you can do, but you may need to see an Ear, Nose & Throat specialist to make sure that there's not some kind of physical obstruction like nasal polyps causing the chronic infection.

One of the easiest things to do is to buy a SinusRinse bottle (available at any major drug store chain) and using it to irrigate your sinuses a couple of times a day - it can help rinse the infected mucus out of your sinuses - just follow the instructions (and use the saline powder packets) that come with it. I'd recommend using it at least morning and night for a couple of weeks to see if you see an improvement.

I'm not sure what you were expecting from the mucinex - it's really only supposed to thin out the mucus, not help with congestion, etc. - but it's usually pretty effective at thinning mucus as long as you also drink lots of water with it.

You could try something like Sudafed (not Sudafed PE - get the stuff you have to ask for at the pharmacy - no prescription needed) to see if it helps with the congestion.

If those things don't help you may need to see another doctor for a different antibiotic.

Hope you figure it out.

 
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I'm sorry you have been suffering for so long with a sinus infection. It would be a good idea to have your dr check you out and perhaps prescribe another antibiotic. My prayers are with you.

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Re: Sinus Infection for 2 months, What should I do?

Thank you so much for the replys. I will try that. The problem is I cannot take off of work to go to the doctors, I work seasonal...and I recently went back to work. I have trouble breathing, my chest feels tight and full of phlegm. I could not breathe threw my nose this morning...and blew green stuff out. Sorry that sounds gross! I am convinced my thryoid problem is making this last so long. Thanks for your help, and if you have more advice I will listen.

 
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Re: Sinus Infection for 2 months, What should I do?

If your chest feels tight and full of phlegm there are two more things you should think about - it's possible that you have asthma, particularly if you are wheezing (do your lungs whistle a little when you breathe?). If you are wheezing you should definitely try to see a doctor ASAP. The other thing that can cause those symptoms (and contribute to sinus problems) is acid reflux, which irritates your esophagus and cause chest tightness and post-nasal drip. That can typically be treated easily with Prilosec OTC (which you can get at any drugstore and take once a day in the morning).

 
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Re: Sinus Infection for 2 months, What should I do?

In the morning I have a rasp when I breath out, kinda like I need to get rid of something in my chest. I do not think I have asthma, but I do have GERD. I was taking Nexium for a couple years, and my doctor told me everything looked good, so I have not been taking it. Maybe I should start taking it again. I do occasionally get heartburn now, but nothing extreme...that is why I figured it was ok to cut back. I still have a bunch left, I will try taking them again and see if it helps. Thanks for your help.

 
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Re: Sinus Infection for 2 months, What should I do?

If you've had a true sinus infection for 2+ months, you need to see an ENT. There are many strains of sinus bacteria today that require more potent antibiotics.....You may also need a longer cycle of meds, perhaps 14 days.

One thing you should be aware of is that MRSA is spreading rapidly through the general population. And, the nose is one of the primary places where it can be found. If anyone has MRSA, they definitely need a high powered antibiotic because this strain of bacteria is resistant to most basic antibiotics. One of the keys signs of a nasal MRSA infection is a recurring infection that won't respond to basic treatment, or moderately responds, but reoccurs after some relatively short time frame. I've had two of them recently, and after swabbing the sinus and a positive test result, I was able to get on the right med.

Regardless of what you have, go see an ENT. He / she is specifically trained in the earn, nose, and throat area. Additionally, if you have some contributory complication, like allergies, the ENT is a good place to start re: regular allergy therapy. They can either treat you, or refer you to an allergist.

Hope this helps and good luck.

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Re: Sinus Infection for 2 months, What should I do?

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Thanks for the advice. How would one know if it is a true sinus infection? That is what the doctor thought, could it be something else? You are right about going to an ENT, I just have no time right now. I am a bit skeptical of doctors right now, they just seem to push drugs and if it doesn't work you suffer and try something else. Seems like more of an educated guess most of the time. What ever it is needs to go away. My main symptoms are stuffy nose, thick phlegm, and tightness in chest. Thanks again for the support!

 
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They can swab and see what grows in the lab to see what kind of bacteria it is. However, this requires extra cost, and most good Docs know what's an infection and what isn't....Especially ENTs.

Typical signs of an infection are color in your discharge, thick mucus, a slight fever (not always though), pain, swelling, and the color of your internal tissue.

I'd get to an ENT ASAP. Good luck.

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I am sure I have an infection, but could it be another type of infection? Lung, respritory or something else? I know the only way to find out is to go to the ENT, I just have to make time. I do not want to lose out on work. My job is a work while you can type, and we are very slow right now as a company. They are keeping the people that deserve to work busy, I am very fortunate compared to most right now in our company. I guess I will have to see when I can get in to the ENT and take a late appointment, I cannot take a whole day off. Thanks again! By they way, are you feeling better now? How long were you sick? Take care,
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Thank you so much for the replys. I will try that. The problem is I cannot take off of work to go to the doctors, I work seasonal...and I recently went back to work. I have trouble breathing, my chest feels tight and full of phlegm. I could not breathe threw my nose this morning...and blew green stuff out. Sorry that sounds gross! I am convinced my thryoid problem is making this last so long. Thanks for your help, and if you have more advice I will listen.

 
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you need a culture done of the puss. Also, educate yourself with info from [url]www.fungalsinusitis.com[/url] and it will be quite an enlightenment. An ENT can easily do the cultures. Once the report is received as to what germ is infecting you, the specialist will then know how to proceed in trying to get you well. good luck.

 
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Ask your doctor about Avelox. I get bad sinus infections that affect my hearing and balance. I tried Z-pack and Penicillin did nothing. I told my doctor I wanted Avelox because it worked before, 2nd day of taking it my sinuses are draining and the balance and hearing problms have left. Avelox can have some weird side effects but its worth it to me. Some strains of bacteria that cause sinus infections are especially immune to certain antibiotics, found that out the hard way. Well, good luck to you.

 
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Re: Sinus Infection for 2 months, What should I do?

Thanks for the replys. I did take the Avelox, and it did nothing for me! I went to an ENT and also did a CT scan and Chest Xray, which showed nothing. He said it was not a sinus infection, but could be bronchitis and suggested I see a lung doctor. The green phlegm is gone, but I still have a bad taste in the back of my throat and I have nasal congestion. Does anyone have any advice? My ENT said not to worry, and I got mad. I have been sick for over 10 weeks, that is not normal. I just want to know, so I can feel normal again maybe. Hopefully I get better soon!

 
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Re: Sinus Infection for 2 months, What should I do?

Have you had any luck getting your GERD under control? If it's not a sinus infection the next most likely cause of your symptoms is acid reflux - the bad taste in your mouth and even the nasal congestion can both be caused by reflux.

 
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