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Stop a Cold From Turning into a Sinus Infection
02-25-2010, 10:08 AM (This post was last modified: 02-25-2010 10:09 AM by sunshine.)
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Stop a Cold From Turning into a Sinus Infection
Have a cold that just won't go away or is getting worse?
Chances are your cold has developed into a sinus infection..

Quote:"Most colds resolve without progressing to a sinus infection," Wild said. "However, acute sinus infections those that last less than two weeks almost always begin as a cold."

Telling the difference between the two illnesses can be difficult because they share many symptoms, such as headaches, congestion and discolored nasal drainage. However, if you experience a fever, persistent or worsening symptoms that last longer than seven days, thick nasal mucus or dental pain, you have most likely developed a sinus infection, Wild warns.

To keep a cold from turning into to a sinus infection, Wild recommends using saline nasal rinses such as a nettie pot or NeilMed Sinus Rinse™, as well as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Decongestants, such as Sudafed, Mucinex and Vick's Vapor Rub, cool mist vaporizers or even sitting in a steamy shower also may help. Of course there's no substitution for resting and staying well hydrated.

Antibiotics are effective only when the sinus infection is caused by a bacterial infection something that only can be determined by a physician. Wild recommends starting with over-the-counter treatments before talking to your doctor about antibiotics.

People who experience frequent sinus infections, have an infection that lasts more than two weeks or have been diagnosed with abnormal nasal anatomy, such as a deviated septum or polyps, should see an otolaryngologist and have sinus imagining - Xrays or CT scan.

"Imaging studies are a must to prove the diagnosis of sinus problems like an infection or polyps. If the diagnosis is made, I usually prescribe antibiotics for four to six weeks, combined with oral steroid medications and possibly a nasal steroid spray for the patient. Many times, I also do allergy testing in an attempt to identify a correctable cause for the infections," Wild said.

"Following initial treatment and allergy testing, a repeat CT scan is often done. If the patient's symptoms are not responsive to medication or he or she continues to have an abnormal sinus scan, then the next step is usually sinus surgery."

The best sinus infection, though, is the one you never get in the first place. To keep a sinus infection at bay, Wild offers these five tips:

- Avoid contact with people who have colds.

- Wash your hands frequently.

- Do not smoke.

- Treat your cold symptoms with nasal rinses and nettie pots.

- Create a healthy environment by controlling the dust, mold and other allergens in your home and use a cool mist humidifier during the cold and dry winter months.

so basically you don't have to settle on continually getting
sinus infections, there are more than just one option to remedy
the problem, even if it means surgery. good article.
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02-25-2010, 05:54 PM
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Knock on wood!! My sinuses have not been acting up lately. I did find using the nettie pot really good. I do take reactine each morning. I know when the leaves start coming out on the trees the allergies will start acting up again!! I stay away from the antibiotics as long as I can and only take them as a last resort.

Thanks for the article.

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03-01-2010, 09:46 AM
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Thanks for this Doris. I have been having sinus problems for the last 2 months and can't seem to shake it (seems to keep coming back but only started in Jan).

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03-01-2010, 11:41 AM
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(03-01-2010 09:46 AM)angieskidney Wrote:  Thanks for this Doris. I have been having sinus problems for the last 2 months and can't seem to shake it (seems to keep coming back but only started in Jan).

probably worth looking into it further if you've exhausted all other
treatments that you an do yourself at home?

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03-01-2010, 01:03 PM
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Well I went to a doc and he gave me Hydrocodone because I was saying how my throat hurt and I had phlegm at the back of my throat up just behind my nose (so from the sinuses .. Sandman said it was called a post nasal drip?). I said I was worried about ending up getting pnuemonia because of it all going down the back and into my lungs .. and he gives me cough syrup that numbs the pain? Then I found out it was addictive and had side effects of insomnia which I did get and just in time for a new job I got! So yeah .. I don't know what doc to go to who is not a quack so I am waiting til I see my Nephrologist......... I also have been getting migraines and have never had them a day in my life. But I don't know if that is just another side effect from that Hydrocodone or caused by lack of sleep...

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03-02-2010, 09:51 AM
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(03-01-2010 01:03 PM)angieskidney Wrote:  Well I went to a doc and he gave me Hydrocodone because I was saying how my throat hurt and I had phlegm at the back of my throat up just behind my nose (so from the sinuses .. Sandman said it was called a post nasal drip?). I said I was worried about ending up getting pnuemonia because of it all going down the back and into my lungs .. and he gives me cough syrup that numbs the pain? Then I found out it was addictive and had side effects of insomnia which I did get and just in time for a new job I got! So yeah .. I don't know what doc to go to who is not a quack so I am waiting til I see my Nephrologist......... I also have been getting migraines and have never had them a day in my life. But I don't know if that is just another side effect from that Hydrocodone or caused by lack of sleep...

I don't know what it is with migraines, but more people I know
ncluding myself, have been getting them more often, even not
prone. You know when it's 'cold' season, it's not unusual to
see everyone around with the sniffles, will, this is almost the same
lol, it's something in the air. Anyway, the post nasal drip can be
hard to get rid of, as Ryan had it too and he often has headaches
i might add, maybe if it continues to worsen and ENT specialist is worth
seeing? btw, glad to hear you landed a job, what do you do?

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