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So you're suggesting I should take the course of antibiotics, and not try and flush it away? I haven't had repeated infections this year - I really feel the ENT consult and your other suggestions are a bit overboard.
I just wanted to avoid antibiotics.
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It wasn't accidental - I was seeking another opinion. (I prefer NPs!)
Dr. Aren has given you an excellent answer. If your practitioner examined you, she or he would not have prescribed an antibiotic unless they believed you had a bacterial infection. So it's important to take the antibiotic. You also need at least 6-8 glasses of fluid daily to help your medications work. The over-the-counter meds like decongestants (if you don't have hypertension and can take them) will also decrease the pressure and pain. I like acetaminophen for pain since it doesn't cause stomach irritation. Antihistamines are only very useful if allergy is a component of the problem. Steam inhalation will also make you feel better. You can breathe steam for 5-10 minutes several times a day I just pour boiling water and a teaspoon of table salt into a big salad bowl, lean over it and throw a towel over my head - instant steam room.
Well, my doctor didn't examine me - she took my message over the phone () I can't take sudafed so usually just end up with saline spray and hot sauce!
Like I'd explained, in the past (1994-2000) I'd had problems with chronic sinusitus. I haven't really had ongoing problems til the last month or so. I prefer not taking the antibiotics because of all I'd taken in the problem years. Do you think flushing twice a day with neti pot would help me avoid the antibiotics?
Thank you for your help!
If you have a bacterial infection, flushing 24 hours a day for the next month won't help. I would suggest you actually see a clinician in person for an evaluation. Since you have had a chronic problem, you may well need some of the diagnostic tools that Dr. Aren mentioned. However, the first step is to have someone actually examine you.