For the past week now I have had extreme sinus issues. I have had the pressure, the headaches, and unbelievably runny nose. I'm sure I have a sinus infection, but I have tried almost everything I can because I take depression medication. So I can't take too many medications without dangerous side affects. My grandmother also had sinus issues and she eventually had surgery, will I need the same?
Many times you do not have an infection with bacteria. Instead it is a virus. You can safely use Mucinex with any antidepressant. Also using a netti pot or bottle with sterile water and salts will help a lot.
I have nasal rhinitis. It means I am sensitive to particles in the air. It also means I am almost always clogged up and have a runny nose. I am sensitive to smoke, perfume, scented candles and the like, dust, and so forth. I sneeze like crazy around cats and anywhere people smoke.
Perhaps this will give you some ideas. Karen
One week is not long. You can try the netipot to start with. Make an appointment to see a doctor who can give you antibiotics. That is the standard way to treat a sinus infection--and yes, you can take antibiotics with anti-depressants. It may take a period of time and at least 2 different antibiotics. Make sure you get at least 2 opinions if surgery is recommended after you have tried antibiotics. Both my husband and I were told that we needed sinus surgery. My husband's second opinion doctor instead gave him a prescription nasal med that treated his problem. My second opinion doctor told me that surgery would do nothing for me. At this point, my sinus infection was asymptomatic, but I was told by the first surgeon that the surgery MIGHT help my migraines. Totally untrue according to a pulmonologist and 2 neurologists.
So don't jump off the cliff about you needing surgery after just one week. Get treatment from a doctor, but don't even consider surgery for at least months from now.
Using a nasal rinse such as Nelimed, available inexpensively @ Costco, using it with filtered warm water & avoiding any allergens might help.
Talk 2 an ENT if these methods don't work.
If you have had any recent head injury do not use the nasal rinse as spinal fluid can leak from your nose & resemble a sinus infection.
Madhup Joshi, MD
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