My 5 year old has had chronic sinusitis for 4 years. He has had a CT. Everything looked normal. Has had aenoids removed. They grew back, but are of normal size. Has had sinusis' irrigated twice. Had negative result to Cystic Fibrosis test and Immune deficiency test was negative. Last irrigation was done 2 weeks ago, culture grew strep. Was put on Amoxil, one week later he is throwing up and running 103 fever. Was given 2 shots of Rocefzin (spelling??) and given Cefzil. In his 5 years of life, the longest he has ever been off of an antibiotic is 6 months. I am scared to death he will get severly sick and not respond to an antibiotic. What is causing all of these infections in his sinuses'??? No mucus will drain out of his nose, it just stays packed in his back sinus cavity. Is there something we are not looking at???? Please, please help me. I am at the end of my rope. The poor baby got up every morning for about 6 months and puked due to congestion. He has also been checked for Asthma and was diagnosed with excercise induced.
has he ever been checked for a fungal infection? also has he been seen at a childrens hospital near you? has he ever been treated with a prednisone spray to help decrease the swelling? maybe they need to do an mri with contrast of his sinuses....has he been checked for allergies? dust especially? its good that his immune system is ok.....good luck and i hope you find out whats wrong
He has not been tested for fungal. He has been tested for allergies, all negative. We also tried the steroid nasal spray. It did nothing. He hasn't been treated with steriods except for when his asthma reacted a couple of times, but shortly after treatment, he would flare up with his sinus' again. I am going to talk to his doctor about the fungal possibility. Thanks for your thoughts!!!
We are all concerned for you and your little one! Our hearts go out to you. Is is possible you have ever lived in the Southwest area of the United States or visited Mexico or any area nearby? Check out the question posted below yours by "terong". If you have been to that part of the US, California, NM, etc could there be a possibility of Valley Fever. My comments to terong might provide you with more info on VF or other fungal infections. The University of Arizona in Tucson has a Center for information on Valley Fever and many other fungal infections. Their website provides a hotline #, an email address, info for physicians that are unfamiliar with VF and ways to get in touch with them. These websites may also be helpful: www.valleyfever.com, www.ivillag.com, www.arl.arizona.edu. Their hotline #: 520 629-4777 and their email address: ***@****. Good Luck. There are many of us out here that do care!
huh...I've never heard of that. We live in Arkansas and the only states we have been to since Sam was born is Kentucky and Texas. Ain't we Southerners!!! Anyway, thank you for the information, I will check into the websites!!!
Have you tried daily nasal irrigation? At National Jewish they recommend this. You can find a starter kit at www.sinusrinse.com for like $3.95 and then to make the packets it is a half tsp of salt with a pinch of baking soda...mix it with the 8 oz (to the line) and then irrigate. Maybe if you get all that gunk out twice a day, things will start to improve! You can read more about irrigation at www.nationaljewish.org
May want to check into a new product called Sinufresh. It is sold at many pharmacies. I do not know if it recommended for children, but you should check with your doctor or pharmacist. It is a nasal wash that kills bacteria in the nose. I have not tried it personally, but have asked my local pharmacy about it and was told that people love it. Just a thought.
My 10 yr old daughter has had chronic sinusitis for years. In the process of never ending sickness we found out she has an autoimmune disease that has caused severe lung disease, which in the beginning was thought to just be severe asthma. She had her adnoids out and 2 sinus surgeries in the past 2 years. She is still currently infected and now has polyps. Her ENT says this moderate level of infection is better than the severe infection she has had, and that is as good as it will get. She also has gotten fungal infections and pseudomonas(a bad antibiotic resistant bug)in the cultures from her lungs and it is presumed they are in the sinus as well. She has grown resistant to many antibiotics, but there are still many to try. She also has been non stop on antibiotics for years, huge amounts of steroids, and ended up with bleeding ulcers as a result. The constant drug use is not good, and her drs think that is what led to the fungal infection, which are also very hard to get rid of. Many studies show that antibiotics are not very effective for the long term chronic sinusitis sufferer. Also, how long is the course of treatment, sinus infections should always be at least 21 days. Recurrent sinus infections are signs of both autoimmune and immune defiency. Have him tested for both. I believe you said he had his immune system checked, that was probably for defiencies, have them check for auto antibodies. They need to do an ANA,sed rate, and CRP at least. If these are normal he shouldn't need further testing that way. You mentioned his CT's are normal. Do you mean they showed no infection? How often have they done CT's? Is that the only one? Sinus disease can go from none to severe in a month. My daughter as she has gotten older has learned to live with sickness, and rarely complains like when she was younger. Her CT's have gone from normal to severe in 6 weeks, and she never complained that she felt bad. So sinus disease really needs to be followed with regular CT's when active. I am confused if his CT's are normal how can he be diagnosed with sinus disease? Maybe they need to look into other causes, sinus infections would show up on CT's. Sorry to go on so, I certainly can empathize.
To all who read this, I have a question posted a few spots down (crouth). I am 32, and the last 4 winters have been terrible for sinusitis infections for me. I'm glad to see many of you offering your suggestions for this precious child. This site offered me some help, however, I encourage the parent to consider all possibilities of traditional and non-traditional medicine, even if your doctor won't. Within the last two weeks, I have discovered that my chronic sinusitis is from a fungal infection, and a yeast infection. This happens when too many antibiotics are taken. Once again for the doctors, too many antibiotics. All drugs are just that, drugs, they will all have some bad side effects. When taken in small amounts, no problem, but taken over a long period of time, and obviously accumulating in ones system, guess what! Lots of problems. The medical field is not perfect, yet very gifted, however it is synchronized with the FDA, govt., and pharmaceuticals, all equalling up to big business, with corruption. The way I found my answer is God! There is an answer somewhere! Whethere it is with the gifted medical professionals, or with other non-traditional gifted professionals. God provided all of them with answers. You just have to decide who to trust and listen to. Who is going out of there way to cover every possibility out there even if it exists with a voodo doctor(don't think so)! Anyway, fungus is killed with oregano, and garlic. The yeast is a candida. These are caused when the good bacteria in your gut flora(digestive) is killed with the bad bacteria from antibiotic use, thus allowing anything including parasites to grow. We must get our bodies back in good harmony with nature, even with our polluted industrialized world. It can be done through body cleanses, but I wouldn't do it til spring, and the sinus season is gone. I'm taking bromelain, a natural antihistimine, oregano, garlic, with a nasal rinse that has grapefruit seed extract in it. Here are a few web sites. www.mercola.com; www.pantry.biz; www.gardenoflifeusa.com; www.curezone.com; www.quantumhealth.com; www.simplenaturals.com; The pantry.biz, is where I now will do all of my grocery, and health and beauty aid shopping. Go to the health notes on their site. Find a good health store near you, and ask them about gardenoflifeusa. I started using their product and the others mentioned through other companies, and got over my 4 week long sinusitis, when 4 different antibiotics from my ENT didn't help. The turbinectomy from my ENT did help me breathe, but only when I'm clear of mucus. Hope this helps. God Bless!
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. MedHelp is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.