I have been having stuffed up sinuses for a quite some time. I've always had sinus issues. I started getting facial pain this past August, chalked it up to sinus issues. Saw an ent in Sept, gave me flonase and sinus wash. Did a CT scan of my sinuses in Oct., diagnosis was unilateral sinus disease. I have a blocked maxillary right sinus. He didn't push surgery, but is leaving it out there as an option. However, I still get headaches, facial pain, and at times just feel generally fatigued and a little "foggy". Just saw an urgent care doc who thought I had an infection up there. He gave me prednisone and Augmenten 875. I also had a root canal done a year and half ago, but didn't get it capped due to finances. It's my third right side maxillary molar. The second one, right next to it, has a large filled cavity. I am pretty sure that one is cracked underneath the filling. I am convinced I have an infection either under my root canal or the other cracked molar. They are both sore when I bite, but no other obvious issues. No pus or blood, not throbbing. I am freaking out though!!! I am so worried I've let it go too long and have a serious infection! I have a dental appt this week, so hopefully will get some reassurance. But, could my blocked maxillary sinus be just from tooth issues? I have not had the best dental care and practices, just due to lack of insurance. Clearly, I need to be more vigilint and make my teeth and oral care a priority. Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated!
It's not unusual for a dental infection to leak into the maxillary sinuses and cause a sinus infection. Antibiotics will work for the dental infection, because it is tissue, but less so for a sinus infection, which is caused by infected mucus, not infected tissue. The best way to deal with the sinus infection part is with a Neilmed Sinus Rinse from walgreens or cvs about $13
Thank you for the information. I do have a neilmed sinus kit, but I also have a deviated septum and a concha bullosa so rinsing that side of the sinus doesn't always work too well. Thanks again for your response.
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