Sinus infection not cleared up by Augmentin

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SoSt9
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   Posted 6/30/2012 3:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I have recurring sinus infections, and a few weeks ago, I saw this one ENT for the first time. She specializes in sinuses and the nose. She stuck a camera up my nose and discovered that my sinuses sere infected (only upper). It is why I have facial pain and some of the other symptoms. She gave me Augmentin and sent my on my way. Well, the pain got worse, and the drainage started to increase. It is down the back of my throat, so I can't see what color it is or anything like that. I have also been dizzy when I stand up.

I called her and told her what was going on, but I did forget to tell her about the dizzy part. She told me that Augmentin clears up sinus infections like that, so instead of giving me another antibiotic, she have me a nose steroid and some Zyrtec DM (I think it is DM). It helps a little, but I am still having the facial pain and headaches. I want to know if others have heard that upper sinus infections pretty much all respond to Augmentin. I am usually the exception for the rule here, so I want to know.

Alcie
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   Posted 7/5/2012 12:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Augmentin hasn't worked on my chronic sinus infections either, and I've fought them for 3 years - since a wreck that broke my nose and displaced my septum.  Bactrim stops it for a couple of weeks, then it comes back. 
 
Did your ENT send out a culture?  That should find out if your bug is susceptible to the treatment.  It doesn't work if the lab doesn't test for unusual bugs though.  I've had Moraxella a couple of times - got it from grandkids.  Doxycycline for 3 weeks cleared that up when grandkids who had it were treated with something other than amoxicillin also.  It can take a few weeks to culture some bugs.  When I've been found quickly to have more or less normal flora, treatment (usually Augmentin) hasn't worked.
 
The culture could also find a fungus. 
 
If your bug is treatable with Augmentin it can take 3 weeks, maybe more.  Sinuses don't have a lot of blood flow, so it's hard to get treatment to them.
 
I get some relief from rinsing sinuses several times a day, especially when I use a steroid in the rinse.  I've tried things for a year to get one that is useful and somewhat affordable.  The sprays haven't worked at all for me.  I prefer sinus wash with Neil Med bottle.  It delivers more to my somewhat blocked sinuses (even after sinus surgery).  The small bottle that came with the rinse is useless and netti pot has no pressure, which I need. 
 
 
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