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ask: Have acute sinus infection and my teeth are very sore - have been on antibiotic for 12 days - when will it get better?

By Harriet Scoonover
 
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Jennifer D

Hi - I see that you've already gotten a lot of good advice. You might want to try Chinese Medicine as it is great at treating sinus infection and tooth pain. To find an acupuncturist in your area you could try the website www.acufinder.com .

I hope you feel better soon

July 15, 2008 - 2:35pm
Alison Beaver

I wanted to add one more idea...

Get Extra Sleep!

Your body is fighting an infection, and needs extra energy that only can be replenished by getting extra rest.

I wish I had listened to my body better, and slept more (I could have been in bed a few hours earlier; the dishes would have waited for me until the morning), as my infection did not go away quickly.

Get sleep and rest when you can; it will help you recover quicker!

July 13, 2008 - 6:38am
Alison Beaver

Harriet,

I have had quite a few upper (and lower) respiratory infections in the last few months, one of them being acute sinusitis. Here is what helped me get through it:

1. Mucinex (or generic version) is an OTC drug that helps to thin mucous. I stayed away from the Mucinex-D (D is for decongestant, I think) because that "ingredient" gives me the jitters.

2. Humidifier helped me while sleeping.

3. I stood in the shower while the water was as hot as I could stand; the steam helped me breathe. You can recreate this in your bathroom or over hot water in the sink and breathe in the steam.

4. Drink LOTS of water, as increased fluids also helps to thin mucous

5. OTC pain relievers (ibuprofen works best for me)

6. I have heard about this, and people actually use them: sinus irrigation/nasal wash (just uses a saline solution, I think) is available at the pharmacy. Ask your pharmacist or doctor...I think they are supposed to work well and are a great "non-drug" alternative!

I hope you feel better, soon!

July 13, 2008 - 6:32am
Susan Cody HERWriter Guide

I'm sorry about your sinus infection - they are no joke, I've been there. It's not uncommon for a sinus infection to cause your teeth to get sore - it's one of the side effects of pressure caused by the infection.

Treatment for a sinus infection is to reduce the swelling and drain the sinuses, remove the infection itself and keep those nasal passages clear and open.

You have been on medication for 12 days now and according to Medical Health, most people take medications (usually Amoxicillan or a sulfur containing antibiotic) for about 14-21 days. Often it takes at least 14 days for the infection to clear so bear that in mind, even though I'm sure you are ready for this to be over.

Medical Health has a detailed overview of sinus infections, their causes and treatments - click here for more...
http://www.emedicinehealth.com/sinus_infection/article_em.htm

If your symptoms continue for longer than 14-21 days, please call your doctor. I hope this helps and please keep us updated.

July 12, 2008 - 4:50pm
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