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Old 06-20-2008, 08:15 AM   #1
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what to do if sinus infection is not draining

what to do if sinus infection is not draining? I've been taking 875 mg Amoxicillan for three days two times a day. The infection is only on the right side, it's high above my nostrils into my right eye. I tried Sinex Nasal Spray with Vapors and it's burning so bad and even stinging my eye and making it water. I'm not draining much. Is there something else I should be doing? This started with Vertigo on Saturday morning, received antibiotics on Monday afternoon. I still have pain in my head and my nose seems to close up and dry up not long after using the Sinex. I've been getting lots of rest, using a Vapor Steam Inhaler three times a day, drinking tea and plenty of water. Should I go back to the doctor? Or wait longer?

 
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Re: what to do if sinus infection is not draining

You might try irrigating with a SinusRinse bottle (available at any major drugstore). The starter kit comes with packets of a salt mixture that you can use to help get the junk draining out of your sinuses - just follow the directions that come with the bottle - you can do it as often as you like and it will help get the thickened infected mucus out of your sinuses.

 
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Old 06-20-2008, 10:37 AM   #3
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Question Re: what to do if sinus infection is not draining

Thank you so much for your advice. Fortunately a friend has directed my purchase of this product, and I just tried it for the first time. While it was an unusual sensation, it did not seem to bring out much, is this normal? It did make my nose feel less painful and sore (that's a very nice relief).

Also, should I continue with the Sinex Nasal Spray (horrible reaction), and the Vapor Steam Inhaler (feels great)? Thanks again for your advice, it's GREATLY appreciated. Christina

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Old 06-20-2008, 08:16 PM   #4
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Re: what to do if sinus infection is not draining

I would cleanse multiple times throughout the day and get sinus's cleaned out good.

Have you read a sinus flooding technique on the allergy board? It is at the top of the section as a sticky message. It is a cheap solution and I am on day four. I started by just spraying the solution in with the flooding technique. Old mucus is working its way out.

 
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Re: what to do if sinus infection is not draining

A couple of things - first of all please DO NOT use the sinus flooding technique that is listed on the top of the message board without talking to your doctor (there's a lot of discussion about the approach but it uses Hydrogen Peroxide in the irrigation liquid and about half of the people who reported trying it say that it made them worse - it can cause burning and inflammation that may make things worse).

As for Freebee7's questions - it's hard to tell what's normal when you start irrigating, but you won't always get a lot of junk out - it usually drains out gradually (and some of it will probably run down the back of your throat so you may not see it).

You should definitely stop the Sinex nasal spray - it can actually make things worse if you use if for more than a day or two because it causes rebound swelling (have you been using that for a long time? If so, that could be part of your problem). Instead of the spray try using 12 hour Sudafed/pseudoephedrine as a decongestant (be sure you get the 12 hour and only take it in the morning, it can make you a little wired if you take it at night).

You can't go wrong with the vapor steam inhaler - keep that up.

The other two things you might consider: Mucinex (which is available without a prescription) can help thin out mucus secretions and may help that stuff drain out of your sinuses. And, if you have allergies - or suspect that you do - are you taking an antihistamine like Claritin?

It can take 5 days before the infections starts to clear so I'd give it until Monday, but if you don't start to notice some improvement by then I'd recommend going back to the doctor.

 
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Re: what to do if sinus infection is not draining

I take mucionex d once a day and irrigate twice a day. When i had a stubborn sinus infection this past winter, i irrigated 4x a day. Occasionally, i might see some thickened stuff come out, once or twice something of color.

Another thing that helped me was using a shower massage on my cheeks. My chiro would also "reshape" my sinuses and while it was really uncomfortable it did help. Massage therapists can work on them too

 
Old 06-21-2008, 08:59 PM   #7
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Re: what to do if sinus infection is not draining

Thank you so much for the great advice. I just purchased the nasal spray because of this infection, and I used it twice and it was completely miserable! So I have not used it since and will definitely not based on your suggestion.

I have not really been allergic to anything. My concern is, this started after getting an abcess molar removed, that is when I remember having sinus problems. I believe I've had this sinus infection for quite some time. I drink occassionally and the following morning my sinuses would bother me, and I had pain in my jaw and under my ear, but nothing excessive. Everything has been on my right side.

I still feel clogged high up under my eye and around my eye and dry. Yet I've been doing the rinse, the inhaler and drinking lots of water. The rinse seems to moisturize during and a bit after, but then becomes dry and my skin is dry as being dehydrated.

I will start on the Sudifed tomorrow and try the Mucinex as well, thank you.

I should also mention that I am feeling better as of today, my energy has returned and my head doesn't have the pressure that was there. The only remaining issue is not draining.

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Old 06-22-2008, 03:51 AM   #8
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Re: what to do if sinus infection is not draining

i use Xlear nasal wash to replace my saline spray. It seems to last longer. I also add a 1/4 teaspoon of glycerin to my neti pot..that helps to feel moisturized also. Is your home dry? After this winter's infection i bought a humidifier for the room that i'm in most of the time and run it 24hrs a day and have one in my bedroom that i run at night

 
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Re: what to do if sinus infection is not draining

Thank you for your reply. I would say my home is dry because I've had the air conditioner running 24/7 because it's been in the 100's here in Los Angeles. I know this is not helping, but don't feel I have a choice. I will purchase a humidifier though. Thank you!

I had to go back to the doctor yesterday for another round of antibiotics. They gave me another weeks worth, two times a day of Cipro 500mg (I'm told this is more catered to Sinus infections, unlike the Amoxicillan) and Prednisone 20mg for five days (I was told this will help open up the sinuses). And I'm continuing the NeilMed Saline Rinse, my doctor has asked me to add VINEGAR to each application. Has anyone heard of this before? He was unsure how much to add (1/4 tsp or 1/2 tsp), so I have not done it. He said I could buy a pre-mixed bottle that includes vinegar, but so far the pharmacies haven't heard of it and I have not seen it.

They are saying if this round of antibiotics doesn't work, I may need to have surgery to clear out my sinuses. I want to avoid this at all cost, so I'm doing everything in my power to do what I can.

I started using a hot compress (gel pack) after the saline rinse and this has helped to drain some down my throat. Anyone with the same problem may want to try this too.

 
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Re: what to do if sinus infection is not draining

vinegar? never heard of that... i've heard of the non iodized salt, baking soda, peroxide, xylitol, grapeseed extract, tannins. I'm not sure on the alkalines vs base (?) maybe that has something to do with his suggestion. Maybe Gcsmith will have an answer

This past winter i was on Omnicef 300mg for 38 days. My allergist said if it is a true infection you need at least 21 solid days of antibiotic, some times more. Are you seeing your family doc or a ENT? they can always culture it.

 
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are you a yogurt eater? depending on how long you are on antibiotics you may want to go to the health food store and get some probiotics. My obgyn prescribed diflucan every 4 days during the therapy..but of course that was after the first 10 days

 
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Re: what to do if sinus infection is not draining

Yes, I'm seeing a regular doctor and he's the one that put me on the second round of antibiotics. The emergency room gave me the Amoxicillan. He said we're going to try these antibiotics as our first step and see how things go, need to call him back tomorrow evening.

So you've put those types of things in the saline mixture? My doc said, the vinegar to try to keep it moisturized. However, I think the humidifier will make a difference (I hope).

I just purchased the humidifier, I'm anxious to get started.

It's hard to tell because I feel better in the evenings, but right now I feel like things are clearing up and not feeling the pressure I seriously had just even yesterday and through the night. It has been seriously painful, and my eye and cheek were noticeably swollen to others. I think the hot compress made a big difference and letting the water run from the shower, among everything else.

Thanks again for your help and suggestions. I really appreciate all I can get!

 
Old 06-24-2008, 07:25 PM   #13
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Yes I do eat yogurt and usually get the all natural with the live culture mix and acidophilis. I've already had to use the monistat 7, which helped and has handled that side of things, thankfully.

But next time I get to the store, I will be sure to get some, good idea.

 
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forgot glycerin.. i believe. I add 1/4 teaspoon to my neti pot mix. That helps keeps thing moisturized. Be sure to stay out of the sun with Cipro, if my memory serves me... it can cause rashes, more than your usual sun sensitivity

 
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Ok, thanks again. Yes you are correct with the Cipro.

 
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