Patient Comments: Sinus Infection - Effective Treatments

What kinds of treatments have been effective for your sinus infection?

Comment from: guck nose, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 18

I have had 2 surgeries in 1 year to try to get rid of my chronic sinus infections. In the first surgery I had my deviated septum straightened and bones removed in the maxillary and frontal sinuses to improve mucus flow. That however wasn't enough 3 months later I was suffering again. In the second surgery more holes were drilled and a balloon sinuplasty was attempted. I had relief for only 3 months again and now I have sinus infection again. My routine usually includes salt rinses 2 times a day, veramyst daily, singular, Claritin-D, Sudafed and Ibuprofen around the clock. Plus, I drink linden berry and peppermint tea to help thin the mucus. However, what I have found to be the most effective, yet most uncomfortable remedy is to do an Iodine rinse along with the salt rinse. It burns, tingles and makes the eyes water for about 5 minutes, but it seems to be the only thing at of all of the above that has really given me any relief. Iodine is an antibacterial and helps kill the bacteria, plus keeps the nose environment sterile. The solution must be mixed by a pharmacy by a prescription order.

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Comment from: Ann, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 20

I am almost 70 yrs old and have suffered with sinus problems since I was 17 yrs old. During the early years I had washouts where they inserted needles and washed out the mucus, very uncomfortable. Then I had a bone scraping to see if this would enlarge the airway, all to no avail. I don't get the problem as much now, but find that when I do I have to resort to antibiotics. Bactrim seems to be the best. I have side effects with a lot of medication and am allergic to Penicillin. I am finding that the problem starts again when I am in a smoke related area. Even walking down the street behind someone who is smoking will trigger another episode.

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Comment from: zipydoodah, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: January 20

I have has sinus problems since I was a young child. Reaching 40 and being diagnosed with chronic sinusitis has led to a lot of trial and error for my specific condition. I must agree with the prior post about the neti pot, it really works and gives relief almost instantly. The frequency of antibiotic treatment (Amox/Clav) has been greatly reduced. There came a time where I was willing to try anything, even that silly "neti pot". I typed in a search on YouTube and actually saw a video posted about how it is done. The silly and safe technique works.

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Comment from: catskismet, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 20

As a person who has had 4 sinus surgeries. If you get more then one a month you need to be on antibodies for at least 2-3 weeks. Also, do salt water rinse every day. You won't get as many infections throughout the year. That's how they came up with the neti pot. It's cheaper to use a syringe or water in the palm of your hand and sniff it up into the nasal cavities. This really works. I have not done my washes in 4 weeks. Now I have had my second sinus infection in 4 weeks. So, amoxycillin and toroidal and back to the sinus wash. Again it's a teaspoon of salt to a very large cup of warm water. Hope everyone feels better. I am off to do a salt water rinse. BTW do take care of them don't blow off a sinus infection.

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Comment from: Zambales, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 20

My case is almost similar to the one published last July except that mine is on the left side maxillary sinusitis. I woke up with pain on the whole left side of my face and observed it for a day and tried to figure out if it was dental or sinus problem. I went to see a doctor the following day and had 4 x-rays taken and found out that my left nasal cavity was filled with mucous that couldn't escape or drain. He prescribed Klaricid 500 mg once a day and clindamycin 300 mg. 3 times a day and it's been 3 days now and the swelling has subsided. I live in the Philippines and this is the first time it happened to me. Usually, just minor allergies and sinus problems, but never this painful swelling.

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Comment from: Diana M., 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: December 19

My 10-year-old child had a recurring sinus infection. She was on nasal spray therapy (Nasonex) for her rhinitis. Because of her monthly basis of sinus infections, her pediatrician recommended that she use a saline solution spray every day, even if she has no symptoms at all. I found this to be effective, for it has been four months now and her sinus infection has not recurred.

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