Antiobiotics & Crohns

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Nanners
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   Posted 9/15/2008 11:03 AM (GMT -7)   
I have had a sinus infection for over a week now.  I have been on antiobiotics (Keflex) since last Monday.  Still feeling alot of pressure in my face, so I am going back to my doctor to see about a different antibiotic.  Anyone had good luck with a certain antibiotic for sinus infections that didn't stir things up Crohnswise?  Appreciate any help.
 
Gail *Nanners*
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.


Nanners
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   Posted 9/15/2008 1:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Anyone?
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.


EMom
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   Posted 9/15/2008 2:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Biaxin worked for my son, but I did seriously ramp up his probiotics during and after his course of antibiotics--like maybe triple what he usually takes.

Augmentin is considered the gold standard for sinus infections, but I wouldn't wish that one on my worst enemy. Guaranteed to give a person with the healthiest of intestines major D! skull

Grapefruit seed extract is getting some exciting reviews as a natural antibiotic if you want to try an alternative!

I had an ear infection this summer with a bad case of bronchitis. After my round of antibiotics my right ear was still quite plugged. When I started sipping apple cider vinegar every day as this website recommends, the mucous cleared out pretty quickly:

http://www.earthclinic.com/CURES/sinus_infection.html

Good luck, Nanners!
Mom to 16 year old boy diagnosed in June, 2007.
Omega 3s, digestive enzymes, probiotics, vit. C, calcium w/D3, a good multivitamin and SCD legal yogurt
Started The Maker's Diet in Sept. '07. Gradually learning/using more SCD recipes, too! (cooking challenged)


ImaKeeper
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   Posted 9/15/2008 3:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Funny you should post this because Im on an anti-biotic for the same thing,, they put me on levaquin and I seem to be tolerating it just fine...I took biaxin a few months ago and got the worst nausea from it that Ive ever had in my life....good luck and hope you feel better soon.......
currently taking

pentasa, hyocosamine, zofran, acphix and started Remicade back in May


justjenjen
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   Posted 9/15/2008 5:22 PM (GMT -7)   
I've had problems with antibiotics not clearing up my sinuses. The doc gave me a sample of Nasacort (sp?) and it worked like a charm. I can't remember...I think it was Biaxin...but it gave me horrible nightmares.

FitzyK23
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   Posted 9/15/2008 5:37 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm a fan of the steroid nasal sprays over the antibiotics. I use flonase. Takes a little longer to go away but way easier on the gut. I haven't taken an antibiotic since diagnosis.
26 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night. I also take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.


FallColors
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   Posted 9/15/2008 5:47 PM (GMT -7)   
A really strong one is avelox. I had a really serious inner ear infection and nothing touched it except avelox. Maked me dizzy and spacey (more so than usual!). It gave me D but it really worked for me!! Strong stuff though.
Diagnosed early 2007 with rectal Crohn's.  Several peri-rectal abscesses and two fistulas with setons.  Allergic to Remicade and Humira.  Currently on 6MP.


beave
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   Posted 9/15/2008 7:13 PM (GMT -7)   

Well, as somebody who's had more sinus problems than Crohn's problems, I have lots of experience with this.  Unfortunately.

Anyway, the steroid nasal sprays can help a lot but they may take time you don't really have.  Still, you might ask your doctor for these, especially if you have allergies and/or are getting lots of sinus infections.

Most of the antibiotics will give you D.  Probiotics along with them may help that.

What I would really recommend is taking Sudafed PE, or, preferably, the older, original Sudafed.  Get the generic at a pharmacy.  Use it regularly for a few days.

At the same time, be sure to drink lots of warm liquids - warm tea, or even just warm water.

Breathing in steam through your nose helps.  Boil a pot of water and hold your head over it and breathe in the steam through your nose.

And lastly, either get several bottles of saline spray and use it at least TEN times a day, if not more, or else get an irrigator, like a Neti Pot, and use that.   If you just get the saline spray bottles, use it like crazy.  You can't overdo it, so go nuts.  10 squirts a time, 10 times a day, or something along those lines.

Also consider Mucinex, which thins the mucus.  Basic Robitussin is the same ingredient and does the same thing, just it's in liquid form instead of a tablet.  So either will do.

The point of all of these is that a sinus infection occurs because the sinus cavity is plugged up and not draining.  All of these things will help decongest the nasal passages and thin the mucus so the infected sinus will drain.  Once it starts draining properly, it will often fix itself.



Tj1
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   Posted 9/15/2008 10:37 PM (GMT -7)   
I've had a terrible sinus infection this last week myself. Dr. Gave me Keflex but I've been using a netipot too (Nasal rinse) and it really relieves the pressure. It gets that stuff to draining and washes it out.
 DX'd with UC 2000.
 DX'd with CD 8-9-08
 
 allergic to Asacol
 Colazal made it worse
 Prednisone 20mg X2 daily   
 Flagyl 500mg X2 daily
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patientspiders
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   Posted 9/16/2008 7:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Sinus/cold cures made me flare last winter so badly that I have since sworn-off all likeness of them. Antibiotics always leave me worse off than before I started. I am a "hater" when it comes to medicating this stuff, because I've found that 9 times out of 10 - the pain and pressure run their course and go away on their own.

Are you positive that you have a sinus "infection" and not sinusitis (inflammation)? An infection, to my understanding, is usually accompanied by fever and/or foul-smelling mucus/snot. If you do indeed have an infection, then an antibiotic might be the only way to go. BUT - if you're suffering from sinusitis (which is NO less miserable) you might be able to get away with some of the techniques mentioned above... vapor, tea, neti pots, or nasal sprays... or any and all of them. Sinusitis, in my decade+ worth of dealing with it, is just something that you have to let run its course and make the best of by relieving the symptoms as best you can. And, most importantly, if you have sinusitis without any presence of actual infection - antibiotics might hurt more than they help. That was my public service announcement for the day.

I hope you find some relief soon, Nanners - whatever the case/cure may be!
26f, dx'd CD July '05 after 6 fistula/abscess surgeries
Currently running on Humira and Hope.
(miscarried at 13 weeks, now waiting to heal before trying again)

"Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate, but that we are powerful beyond measure."

~Marianne Williamson


Nanners
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   Posted 9/16/2008 7:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the suggestions. Saw the doc yesterday and he wants me to just complete the anti-biotics I am on. He also gave me some Naserel nose spray. I had forgot about that and will see if that can clear up the last of this infection. I am upping my probiotic intake too. Thanks again.
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.


karendee
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   Posted 9/16/2008 1:36 PM (GMT -7)   

I was just going to post a nasal spray but I see you have some now. I was on antibiotics plus a steroid nasal spray (I think Generic Flonase) and it cleared up pretty quickly for me. I think us Chronies need a stronger attack on infections....

Karen


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Karen (Karendee)

Diagnosed w/ Crohn’s Disease  March 2007 Started Humira June 2008 (have been on other cd meds)

Diagnosed w/  Fibromyalgia May 2007 on Soma and Lyrica

Diagnosed w/ General Anxiety Disorder in 2005- Effexor and Clonazepam 

 

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