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Old 02-26-2005, 06:08 PM
Alice The Goon Alice The Goon is offline
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Can A Sinus Infection Be Dangerous?

For the past few days, I've felt like I've had a minor sinus infection. I learned in my days working in an urgent care center that most sinus infections don't require antibiotics and will go away on their own, so I didn't call my doctor.
Today (Saturday) I woke up with my nose hurting, especially when I touch it. There doesn't seem to be much swelling, but it does hurt quite a bit.
I always feel silly having my doctor's answering service page him if it's not an emergency, and my urgent care copay is $50. So I'm wondering- if I put this off until Monday and call my doctor then, am I taking a chance on something bad happening? I've had sinusitis before, but never with the localized pain I'm having now.
Should I call my doc? Go to urgent care? Or wait until Monday?
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Old 02-26-2005, 06:40 PM
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For the past few days, I've felt like I've had a minor sinus infection. I learned in my days working in an urgent care center that most sinus infections don't require antibiotics and will go away on their own, so I didn't call my doctor.
Today (Saturday) I woke up with my nose hurting, especially when I touch it. There doesn't seem to be much swelling, but it does hurt quite a bit.
I always feel silly having my doctor's answering service page him if it's not an emergency, and my urgent care copay is $50. So I'm wondering- if I put this off until Monday and call my doctor then, am I taking a chance on something bad happening? I've had sinusitis before, but never with the localized pain I'm having now.
Should I call my doc? Go to urgent care? Or wait until Monday?
The usual CAVEAT. Probably nothing serious till then, BUT do get treatment and/or medication.
I had a sinus infection under the left eye so bad I thought the eyeball was going to pop out. Saw and EENT who went up the nostril, punctured the cavity, and pumped in saline solution till I was positive the eyeball was going to pop. It didn't but the darinage was a real mess. He flushed with saline twice, dried it with air and injected antibiotics. Repeated it three more times a week apart. A real relief. Yours may be stopped up too due to tissue swellingat the normal outlet.
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Old 02-27-2005, 07:29 AM
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While most sinus infections will clear up on their own, not all will. Most are not long-term serious, but some are. It is possible to die of a sinus infection, just as it's possible to of any out of control infection, but getting to that point is rare these days.

By all means, if the level of pain you're experiencing is unsual or something else odd is happening go to a doctor.

If you're running a high fever, have vision problem, spurting geysers of pus, are leaking from your ear canal, or gushing blood go to a doctor right now.
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Old 02-27-2005, 08:20 AM
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If you're having systemic symptoms (fever, chills, muscle or joint pains, double vision, dizziness, excessive tiredness etc) go to a doctor, ASAP.

If some decongestant medication, a hot water bottle and painkillers don't settle it down, go to a pharmacy and see if they can recommend something stronger. If the pharmacist says to go to a doc, go to a doc.

Since your main symptom is pain, it's hard to judge, as what could be minor pain for you could be unbearable for most people, or vice versa. Also if it was pain on waking, it might be bearable (or even diasppear) with sufficient painkillers and a good decongestant.
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Old 02-27-2005, 12:58 PM
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As others have said, you might want to see a doctor if you're running temperature and experiencing a lot of pain.

If you're not quite to that stage yet, try a non-drying decongestant. Many decongestants simply dry everything up and trap what you want to drain. Another thing to think about. Some decongestants contain a mucus thinner - like expectorants do - and this can also help drainage occur and relieve pain. Ask your pharmacist. The mucus thinning ingredient is guaifenesin.

And then too, there's a home remedy device that seems to work for many people. This is the "netty pot". You fill this device with warm water and some non-iodized salt (comes with the pot in many cases) and pour it in one nostril (it has a nozzle built to fit). The water then passes through and comes out the other nostril - tilt your head back too far and it runs down your throat. This really, really loosens things up.
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Old 02-27-2005, 01:04 PM
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For me, yes. It led to an ear infection that have left me with bad tinnitus. It has definitely negatively affected my life.
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Old 02-27-2005, 01:51 PM
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[hijack]Why won't mine clear? I've had an infection for over a year now. Numerous doctors have tried antibiotics more than five times but so far, nothing.[/hijack]
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Old 02-27-2005, 06:11 PM
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[hijack]Why won't mine clear? I've had an infection for over a year now. Numerous doctors have tried antibiotics more than five times but so far, nothing.[/hijack]
I'm in a similar situation (currently on a 6 week course of Augmentin..just like I was LAST spring). I don't know the answer to your question..are you seeing an ENT (specialist?) who has experience in dealing with chronic sinus infection?

There are surgical procedures that can be tried (I had one a couple of years ago).

The Mayo Clinic (and others) seem to be pointing towards fungal problems as a root cause for many people.

http://www.mayo.edu/comm/mcr/news_773.html

This is a topic of considerable debate, there is by no means a consensus of opinion on the topic.

My ENT has indicated if I'm not progressing with my current course he might hook me up with another ENT to try the Mayo protocol involving anti-fungal treatments.
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Old 02-27-2005, 07:54 PM
Alice The Goon Alice The Goon is offline
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I've decided to skip the PCP and go right to an ENT, assuming I can get in right away. Fortunately my insurance doesn't require a referral. This one painful spot on my nose has me worried. Of course, I have an active imagination, so I'm envisioning an abcess eating away at my brain or something.
I don't normally have sinus problems, or maybe I've had them so long it's become normal to me. We'll see what's up.
Considering I'm still recovering from hernia repair a week ago, new health problems were not at the top of my list, but here we go.
Thanks for everyone's replies!
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