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Beachmom
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   Posted 6/25/2008 9:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone. I have a question. My allergist did a sinus x ray and said he thinks I have a sinus infection and need a 21 day antibiotic. I have already taken two courses  of antibiotics this year and two courses of oral prednisone so I am worried about my immune system. If it did work and help me feel better it would be good. Anyone have any advice on whether antibiotics will help? Is it possible breathing issues and some wheezing could be due to sinuses?

Razzle
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   Posted 6/26/2008 2:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, it is possible for sinus infections to cause or aggravate wheezing and breathing issues. If your sinus infection is bacterial, then the antibiotics may help, but it may take longer than 21 days. If your sinus infection is viral or fungal, then a different treatment is needed because antibiotics won't kill viruses or fungus.

Take care,
-Razzle
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Beachmom
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   Posted 6/26/2008 10:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Razzle. Is there any way to find out if my infection is bacterial or viral or fungal?

Another Day
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   Posted 6/26/2008 7:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Beachmom,
 
I don't know the answer to that other than ask your doctor.  Sometimes doctors don't tell us enough these days unless we can think of all the questions while we are there.
 
I would suggest calling his/her office and asking his nurse to ask the doctor and get back to you.
 
Hope you feel better soon.  This thing has been dragging you around for quite awhile now.
 
Take care!
 
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Razzle
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   Posted 6/27/2008 3:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Sometimes an analysis of the effluvium from a sinus washing can tell what kind of pathogen (if any) is the cause of the trouble, but not always. Doctors at Mayo Clinic did a study and found that fungal sinusitis was way more common that previously thought, but they looked at actual tissue samples taken during sinus surgery (adnoid removal, etc.) instead of just the sinus washings.

Alternative practitioners can sometimes use applied kinesiology (muscle testing) to determine which type of infection a person has. This method is about 70-80% accurate if the practitioner is experienced.

Another method for determining the pathogen type is a trial of medication - antifungal for a bit, then if symptoms don't clear, move on to antibiotics, etc.

In any case, it would be good to discuss options with your doctor to see what he says and if he thinks one or another may be more likely (he may have gotten clues from details discussed during your appointment, etc.). Or he may have another idea for how to determine what type of pathogen is the culprit.

I hope this helps - take care,
-Razzle
Gluten & Sulfite Sensitivity, Many Food/Inhalant/Medication Allergies & Intolerances, Asthma, Gut issues (dysmotility, non-specific inflammation), UCTD (Lupus?), Osteoporosis, Anemia, T- & B-Cell Lymphopenia, malabsorption/malnutrition, Lyme Disease (Igenex Lab IgM WesternBlot positive/CDC negative), etc.
Meds:  Pulmicort, Injectable Vitamin B12, Herbs, Nutritional Supplements, Homeopathy.


sjkly
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   Posted 6/29/2008 6:35 PM (GMT -6)   
When I had a long lasting sinus infection -2 cources of augmenten did nothing to help-my doctor switched classes of antibiotics to cephlosporins and kept me on it for 28 days. I felt completely better in 3 days. Not all bacteria respond as well to each class of antibiotics.
Sj
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