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Had sinus infection 1 month ago, being treated for ear infection

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Had sinus infection 1 month ago, being treated for ear infection since Monday with amoxicillin, earache persists especially when outside, now have facial pain, post nasal drip and am producing light pink phlegm when coughing. Not a persistent cough just in response to post nasal drip. Could I have sinus infection back?
Welcome to and thank you for your question.
I am going to assist you with your question. First I need a little more information-

Do you have breathing discomfort?
Do you have chest pain? Are you passing blood mixed with sputum during cough?
For how long you have taken antibiotics?
Have you undergone any medical investigations?

Kind Regards,
Dr. Robert

Customer: replied 3 years ago.
Doctor Robert,
Have had no breathing problems and no chest pain, I work as a bus driver for an assisted living community and my job is quite physical loading and unloading wheelchairs, walkers, etc. My cough is very intermittent and no red blood just pinkish tint. Have been taking medication since Tuesday, 6/5. Earache seemed to have gone away until tonight, but spent whole day outdoors today. Feel a lot of pressure in my head and on my ears almost like after flying.
Dear Bill, Thanks for providing quick additional information.
I'm so sorry to hear of your discomfort.

Having light pink phlegm can be indicative of blood discharge from throat.
It can occur with Throat irritation or Laryngitis.
Associated symptoms like- headache ( pressure within head), facial pain, post nasal drip is indicative of sinus infection.

The sinusitis may be caused by bacterial or viral infection. The majority of the sinusitis is due to the viral cause. Up to two-thirds of people with acute sinusitis improve on their own without antibiotic treatment.
Current guidelines suggest decongestants and saline nasal sprays as first line of treatment.

Kindly follow these home measures-
1. You should take Antihistamines like Alavert 10 mg( OTC) once a day.
2. Saline nasal irrigation would be very helpful.
3. You should use decongestants like- Sudafed 120 mg once daily(OTC)
4. Another important home treatment is Menthol steam inhalation - add Menthol salts (available as OTC) to a bowl of steaming water and inhale the steam 2-3 times daily, this will relieve the congestion.
5. Spicy foods that contain hot peppers or horseradish may help clear sinuses.
6. Drinking plenty of fluids and getting rest would improve your condition.
7. For associated pain you can take Tylenol.
8. Chicken soup helps in resolving congestion and aches.

It may take few days, say 5-7 days for symptoms to get completely resolve. Please follow above measures for next few days, and most likely you would be free from symptoms.

Please let me know how I can be of further assistance.
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