Sinus Infections

  1. Has anyone ever had or have a chronic sinus infection? I've had once since January (well, that's how long I remeber having one, it may have been longer) and it won't go away. I've been on Leviquin 3x's 14 days each time and nothing. I'm out of insurance and once I get my loans in I'll go back to the Dr, but I just wanted to see if anyone else has had this and what worked for you. I've read about SX, nebulizers and IV treatment, I know the oral antibiotic dosn't work for me so....what next!
    Any advice? Thanks!
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  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   colleen10
    Hi iliel,

    I really feel for you because I am prone to nasty sinus infections and rhinitis due to environmental allergies like pollen, mold, etc.

    Although, I have never had a chronic one such as yours that has lasted so long.

    Have you considered going to an allergist/oronthologist (sp?) instead of your regular physician? Even if it is not caused by an allergy the allergist may have different and effective means for treating it.

    The last really bad infection I had I was put on Allegra but also given a steroid/cortizone injection in my allergists office. It worked like a charm and within 24 hours I felt 100% better, primarily due to the injection.

    I know that my regular physician would never have treated my sinus infection that way. She is always dishing out anti-biotics and not even the good ones like the Z Pack.

    The only advice I can give you based on my personal experience is to see a nose/throat specialist.

    Good Luck and hope you get to feeling better!
    Col
  4. by   iliel
    Thanks Colleen. I intend on seeing an ENT, since I don't have insurance, why not just cut to the chase! I never really thought about allergies. I don't think I have any, no sneezing, watery eyes, but the one thing that makes me think I might have allergies is that I'm prone to Ezcema. I hardly get it, but it did start when I moved to the desert. Maybe it has something to do with that.
    I guess I'll soon find out, it's just annoying to feel like you head is constantly clogged!
  5. by   CashewLPN
    ahh... the bane of my existance...
    my smart NEW md.... he put me on allegra D and, advair discus....
    all better.... (I'm also asthmatic... so the advair is like dual use.... cool)

    --Barbara
  6. by   AussieAIN
    Iliel have you tried accupressure?
    Both my Dad and I suffer from sinus problems and the odd sinus infection and we've both found this works for us.
    There is a accupressure point at bottom of your nose next to your nostrils, just above and in a little from your canine teeth. With your head tiltd back press in and up and hold for about 20 - 30 seconds. this should open your sinus passages allowing the mucus to drain so you will feel something runnig down your throat, just swallow. 3-4 times a day over 3-4 days usually helps me.
  7. by   dianah
    My sis endured repeated sinus infections for a long time - they'd reappear as soon as the latest round of antibiotics was done. She finally went to an ENT and he diagnosed a cholesteatoma, which required a 6-hr surgery to remove.
    I agree w/other posters, an infection lasting as long as this one has, is not good. Has only one antibiotic been tried? The causative organism may not have been sensitive to that antibiotic. Won't hurt to check out the other posters' suggestions, either.
    In any case, good luck to you, hope you find an ENT that HELPS you!
  8. by   iliel
    Thanks Dianah and Aussie. I have tried only one antibiotic because I am allergic to many of them. Levaquin is pretty strong, and my Dr was suprised that two rounds didn't help, when she RX the 3rd round, I was about ready to lose insurance and we were going to watch and wait. The same thing happens like your sister. I'm ok for about a week or two, then it comes back! So I'll be off to the ENT soon.
    I'm open to trying anything! SX isn't always the best fix. I guess we'll see, thanks for the imput everyone!
  9. by   dianah
    Not trying to scare you, just to keep you in "alert" stage: I work in Radiology, and as part of the nursing duties we start all the outpt IVs to inject the iodine contrast for CT scans. We always stay in the control area until the scan is over, so we can monitor for allergic reactions. We had this one pt a few years ago who was scheduled for a CT of the brain because of a foul smell and a constant H/A. Turns out he had an untreated sinus infection that had eroded thru the sinuses into the brain. Now, that is true neglect. I felt really sorry for him, as generally sinus infections are painfu yet still fairly easily/successfully treated w/abx. (usually). Guess he just toughed out the pain/got used to it, or something, and just never had it treated.

    Contrast his story with the MANY who have sinus infections (even chronic ones) who do NOT develop what he did. As I said, I'm not trying to scare you, just keep you alert to how things are progressing in your case.

    I hope everything clears up well and soon for you. Best --- D

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