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Old 02-19-2012, 01:55 PM   #1
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sinusitis 10 years now

10 yr infection in my right maxillary, the infections dont come and go, it is constant. Is this unusual? Bigger question the post nasal drip has caused a constant sore throat on the right side for 10 yrs. Dont know how much irritation the throat can take. Can throat cancer evolve from this constant irritation?
Had 2 cat scans & doc said it wasnt bad enough for surgery and 2 cultures tested non fungal both times. Original cause was a roof leak/mold problem. Thanks much from Atlanta.

 
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Old 02-19-2012, 03:05 PM   #2
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Re: sinusitis 10 years now

Post-nasal drip is really annoying. Are you seeing any specialists? ENT or Allergist? Have you ever gotten a 2nd opinion? I know how sinus issues can really impact one's quality of life. I hope you can get some relief of your symptoms.

 
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Old 02-19-2012, 07:00 PM   #3
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Re: sinusitis 10 years now

The allergist & a new ENT right out of school recommended a cat scan but I'm wary of the radiation as it would be my 3rd scan. One ENT said they have to figure out why it has gone on so long. Already completed the allergy shots.

 
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Re: sinusitis 10 years now

It's not very likely that you've had a sinus infection for 10 years as that would lead to extremely serious medical complications (and any doctor would be able to recognize and treat the infection with antibiotics even if they weren't successful in addressing the underlying cause).

The normal course of treatment for chronic sinus inflammation tied to mold exposure or allergies involves several things:

1. Antibiotics to treat any acute infection (often 30 days or more of antibiotics are necessary if there is an infection that hasn't responded to a shorter course of antibiotics).
2. Daily saline irrigation with a SinusRinse bottle, neti pot or pulsatile irrigation system (WaterPik, etc.) to help rinse away mucus (sometimes using anti-fungal medication if the inflammation is mold-related).
3. Use of prescription anti-inflammatory nasal sprays (Rhinocort, Flonase, etc.) to keep the sinus open and draining.
4. Allergy testing followed by the appropriate treatment (shots or daily antihistamines).

One other potential cause that is sometimes overlooked is GERD (acid reflux) which can cause or exacerbate sinus inflammation and cause chronic sore throats and post-nasal drip.

The post-nasal drip by itself won't cause cancer but that doesn't make it any less annoying so hopefully your docs can figure out what the underlying cause of the problem is so you can put this behind you.

 
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