Sinus infection also called sinusitis, is inflammation of the paranasal sinuses that may occur when having an infection, allergy or autoimmune issues. Discuss topics including causes, symptoms and treatments for sinusitis.
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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