Antibiotics for sinus infections

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basa0806
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   Posted 10/22/2008 10:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Since early October I've had pressure in my cheeks and my upper teeth, jaw and ears hurt. I think I probably have an sinus infection of some sort. I'm planning on seeing the doctor as soon as I can because I've been putting it off (which is so unlike me...) I know a popular treatment for sinus infections are antibiotics and I was wondering what you've been prescribed for a sinus infection. I obviously don't want to be put on anything that's going to upset my stomach and my GI is 2 hours away from me so I'm just wondering what antibiotics to look for.
Sam 19 year old college student
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   Posted 10/22/2008 11:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I've never had to go on antibiotics for a sinus infection cuz I've never had one (boy that must hurt!) but I just wanted to add that if you're on antibiotics you should really find a good probiotic and you should actually take it daily and indefinitely since we IBDers tend to have bacterial over growth and since we are often prescribed antibiotics for our disease and antis tend to kill everything leaving our system that much more vulnerable.

A great one that I use is called primadophilus reuteri made by natures way, it has guaranteed intestinal release and it also aids with lactose intolerance, and high cholesterol and for women, vaginal health which can be essential especially when taking BC pills.

Good luck and feel better soon!

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Michelle8871
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   Posted 10/23/2008 5:08 AM (GMT -6)   
I recently took Cipro for a sinus infection. I did not have any adverse results and my Gastro said it "could" have an added benefit of helping the UC.

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   Posted 10/23/2008 5:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Cipro gave me horrible D - but everyone is different on how they handle antibiotics. General rule of thumb for Uc'ers is to avoid any antibiotics that end in 'cilian or 'cycline. I have always used the Zpack when I get sick and I've had no trouble with it at all. Sinus infections are horrible! I used to get them frequently when I was younger.
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Lonie
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   Posted 10/23/2008 7:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, I just had a sinus infection and I agree that the Z-pack is wonderful...once a day for five days and you are done. It's powerful, but works quickly. I had no problems with it at all and actually requested it from my doctor because someone on here had posted about it. Take care and hope that sinus infection goes away quickly!

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jujub
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   Posted 10/23/2008 8:24 AM (GMT -6)   
The other great thing about the Z-pack (Azithromycin) is that because you only have to take it for five days, if your colon acts up it doesn't have time to get so bad before you finish the med and can go back to normal faster.
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kops2da
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   Posted 10/23/2008 9:20 AM (GMT -6)   

I second or third the vote for Z-pak.  AND don't forget to up the probiotics or at least eat the yogurt with live culture.  I get D from cipro, amoxicillin, etc. etc. and found ONLY Z-pak was ok.  I had loose stool a couple days but nothing serious.MUCH better than the sinus infection!!

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Peety
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   Posted 10/23/2008 9:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Take strong probiotics! I hope you feel better soon.
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA 6x400 mg maintenance for 20+ years; use prednisone & Rowasa for flares. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed gluten, other intolerances; started diet without gluten, soy, dairy, tomato etc. Replete probiotic first, then Forte pills. 
Achieved remission for the first time in many, many years!? Seemed so, but colonoscopy Oct. 6 proved not so, heavy inflammation in ascending colon & will be using Rowasa again. But I AM better.
 
 


basa0806
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   Posted 10/23/2008 9:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the responses!! I have to see the health services clinic at my school and I'm just worried that they don't deal with IBDers much so they don't know what to do in my situation. I'm almost considering calling my GI just to be sure. I'll definitely look into the z-pack!
Sam 19 year old college student
Diagnosed March 2005
Remission since January/April 2006 (incident with mono)
3200mg Asacol, 25mg Amitriptlyine, Ortho Tri-cyclen lo, Effexor XR for anxiety
"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude"
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kim123
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   Posted 10/23/2008 6:46 PM (GMT -6)   
The MAYO clinic has implicated fungus in sinus infections, and antibiotics are NOT the first line of defense.....

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1999/09/990910080344.htm

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2004/03/040324072619.htm

basa0806
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   Posted 10/23/2008 7:59 PM (GMT -6)   
I definitely wasn't saying that I will be treated with antibiotics. I'm saying that if it comes to that I want to know what to look for. Thanks for the info though.
Sam 19 year old college student
Diagnosed March 2005
Remission since January/April 2006 (incident with mono)
3200mg Asacol, 25mg Amitriptlyine, Ortho Tri-cyclen lo, Effexor XR for anxiety
"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude"
Maya Angelou


Winter
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   Posted 10/24/2008 12:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I can take a z-pack & cipro. Levaquin really bothers my colon. My GI said that z pack, cipro & levaquin were safe for UC but Levaquin tore me up
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princesa
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   Posted 10/24/2008 4:13 PM (GMT -6)   
You may also consider irrigating with a neti-pot - a natural way of treating sinus infections and allergies that's really gaining in popularity since Oprah featured it with Dr. Oz on her show.

http://www.webmd.com/allergies/neti-pots


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Probiotics, l-glutamine and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice. Oregano oil antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal. Long-term remission with only minor blips.
 
 


jasperthedog
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   Posted 10/24/2008 7:00 PM (GMT -6)   
This is funny because I went to my primary Dr today because I have an upper respitory infection and he gave me a Z-pack and also cough syrup with codeine. I was just getting ready to post a question about if the z-pack would mess me up or not??!! Good thing I read the repiles. :) I hope you feel better soon!
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Sara14
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   Posted 10/24/2008 8:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Kim - The Mayo Clinic researchers found fungus to be the cause only in chronic sinus infections (lasting longer than 3 months)...not in acute sinus infections (last a month or less).

"The researchers distinguish chronic sinusitis -- sinusitis that lasts three months or longer -- from acute sinusitis, which lasts a month or less. They say that the cause of the acute condition is usually a bacterial infection."
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kim123
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   Posted 10/25/2008 9:21 AM (GMT -6)   
I'd still try the natural route (saline spray) or anti-fungals before using antibiotics. They are mycotoxins (fungal poisons). That's just me. Even if you don't suffer immediate ill-effects from the antis now, there could be long-term implications. Antibiotics do allow yeast/fungus to proliferate, so take a good probiotic as well.

basa0806
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   Posted 10/25/2008 2:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I saw the doctor today. She gave a script for z-pack. I'm about to head out and find a good probiotic before I start taking it. Hopefully it helps :)
Sam 19 year old college student
Diagnosed March 2005
Remission since January/April 2006 (incident with mono)
3200mg Asacol, 25mg Amitriptlyine, Ortho Tri-cyclen lo, Effexor XR for anxiety
"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude"
Maya Angelou


Peety
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   Posted 10/25/2008 5:47 PM (GMT -6)   
I hope it works quickly for you!
Feel better.
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA 6x400 mg maintenance for 20+ years; use prednisone & Rowasa for flares. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed gluten, other intolerances; started diet without gluten, soy, dairy, tomato etc. Replete probiotic first, then Forte pills. 
Achieved remission for the first time in many, many years!? Seemed so, but colonoscopy Oct. 6 proved not so, heavy inflammation in ascending colon & will be using Rowasa again. But I AM better.
 
 


Calumet
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   Posted 11/11/2008 8:45 PM (GMT -6)   
kim123 said...
The MAYO clinic has implicated fungus in sinus infections, and antibiotics are NOT the first line of defense.....

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1999/09/990910080344.htm

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2004/03/040324072619.htm
Thanks for posting that. I have Chronic Sinusitis and have tried everything but it keeps returning. If it's caused by a Fungus what do we have now to treat it thanks?

kim123
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   Posted 11/11/2008 9:48 PM (GMT -6)   
See links:

http://www.accentia.net/science/sinunase.php

http://www.biologynews.net/archives/2007/09/10/sinunase_phase_3_show_almost_100_percent_of_chronic_sinusitis_cases_are_from_fungalinduced_inflamma.html


I'm not sure if natural antifungals would work also....like olive leaf extract, caprylic acid, oil of oregano, apple cider vinegar.

Zaneluke
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   Posted 11/12/2008 11:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Taking the anto biotic biaxin for a sinus infection is what caused my first HUGe flare.
Now when i feel like I am getting any type of nasal congestion i use a sinus flush for a couple days. 2 years running now and I have not had any sinus issues. I sear by the sinus flush.
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Winter
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   Posted 11/12/2008 12:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I can take Cipro or a Z -pack but not Levaquin. My GI also was surprised about the Levaquin. She said that is usually a safe antibiotic for UCers. It sent me into a mini flare.
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anglfrmhvn69
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   Posted 11/12/2008 12:48 PM (GMT -6)   
so people like us should avoid amoxicillian? cause that is the only antibiotic that i'm comfortable with taking.

pamela

 i was diagnosed with uc on april.16,2003. had my sec. colonoscopy on aug.22,2007 came back normal.

currently flaring on prednisone 60mg x1 week,40mg x1 week, 20mg x1 week.

i also take nexium 40mg once a day for acid reflux.

take one multivitamin a day

                                                                       

 


ediekristen
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   Posted 11/12/2008 1:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been taking amoxicillian for a viral/strep infection and I don't know if it's making me worse or not but I've been definitely having increased pain and bleeding.

Female, 23, Ulcerative colitis (pancolitis) since 1999; GERD; gastritis; osteopenia in femur head & lumbar spine from long term prednisone use...

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Lonie
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   Posted 11/12/2008 2:20 PM (GMT -6)   
A good saline sinus rinse is my first line of defense; as a matter of fact I used it for about two or three weeks before I finally resorted to getting antibiotics.

Carol

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