Post # 1
I went to the doctor’s office on Friday because I started feeling SO sick. Horrible ear pressure, horrible jaw/teeth pain, cheek pain, facial pain, headache, high fever, etc. She said I have a sinus infection 🙁 which I’ve never ever had before. I totally freaked out because of the jaw pain since I’ve had recent expensive dental work & I thought something was wrong.. I even called my dentist! haha.
But I started taking anti-biotics, mucinex, nasal spray & tylenol for the fever. Some of my symptoms felt better right away (the horrible ear pressure), but I still feel pretty sick after two days of the medicine. For anyone who’s had a sinus infection, when should I start to feel normal again? I’m so worried I’ll be sick for thanksgiving!
Post # 3
Aw, I’m sorry! I’ve had sinus infections and they’re exactly as you say. Just awful. You can’t sleep, and every moment is painful. I think you’ll definitely feel better by Thanksgiving. At the most it usually takes me 4 days to start feeling a lot better (once I’ve started the meds, I mean).
Post # 4
I’ve had sooo many sinus infections because I used to work with kids. They can last for a really long time if untreated but once your on antibiotics they usually only last 3-5 days.
Post # 5
Sorry- I know sinus infections are no fun :(. You should definitely be feeling better by Thanksgiving!
I started getting pretty bad sinus infections a few years ago. Now, as soon as I feel one coming on I do a few things to try and prevent it:
1. Boil water, put a towel over your head and steam your face for 2 minutes.
2. Sleep with a humidifier.
3. Drink LOTS of water.
Feel better 🙂
Post # 6
Hi there! I have chronic sinusitis and used to get many sinus infections a year. Basically, my nose parts are too close together so when I get sick it cannot drain and they are constantly inflamed and just get more inflamed and infected. A LOT. They would WIPE ME OUT. People don’t really understand, they think, “oh, you have a cold?” Oh no, I mean- they made me so sick I was on the couch for a week!
SO… the best thing I ever found was a netti pot. It is a little ceramic pot that you just put a half teaspoon of sea salt into and warm water and flush your nose. It is the only thing that has ever helped! I don’t get them anymore! As soon as I feel something dry or wrong or stuffy in there- I just flush and it sort of stops it in its tracks, so to say.
Another thing, my diet has made a big difference, and getting enough sleep, AND I learned I CANNOT be cold at night. If I am cold I am sick the next day with a sinus infection. Another thing, I avoid all triggers- which for me are household chemicals- bleach = sinus infection for me. I use all natural products (baking soda, peroxide, vinegar). I have noticed a huge difference in me!
Post # 7
I had one recently and get one about once a year….You do need to rest (not that i ever do) and I totally understand the jaw/teeth pain….it freaks me out too! this time, the jaw pain went away fairly quickly for me, but sometimes it’s the last symptom to go away….
Post # 8
@cbee: Great tip, but if using a netti pot, make sure that you use cooled boiled water. I know the risks of nastiness in tap water are low, but they are there.
I’ve had a few sinus infections and even with antibiotics it usually takes a good few days to really start feeling better. Hot steamy baths/showers usually help me, though.
Post # 9
@celticbride: Yeah! I ALWAYS sleep with a high powered humidifier!
Post # 10
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I get these every 1-2 years, and more often than not, it’s a precursor to two weeks of bronchitis for me. Lame. Looks like you’ve got some great advice here, I’d stick with it. Usually for me these infections last more than 3 but not more than 6 days.
Post # 11
I get sinus infections a lot… and if I don’t have an infection I normally have some sort of pressure crap going on up there (I ALWAYS know when it’s about to storm, my head likes to scream at me when the pressure drops). Hot showers, netti pot (or this thing is easier for me to use), decongestants, lots of water, and mucinex, all my dear friends! lol I hate them and I feel you when people say ‘oh it’s just a stuffy nose’, yea try more like a stuffy nose with HORRIBLE pressure that makes your head feel like it’s going to explode! lol I hope you feel better soon! Oh and if you dont feel like boiling your tap water.. just go buy a gallon of distilled water (don’t have to boil that). Takes the hassle out of having to make sure you boil the tap water then let it cool so you don’t burn your nose.
PS: I also like to go order a nice GIANT bowl of pho soup and make it extra spicy. That ALWAYS makes me feel better. OR a nice bowl of red chicken curry and rice.
Post # 12
I had laryngitis and a sinus infection this week so feel your pain!! If you have antibiotics you should start to feel better within the nxt couple of days. If you dont go back to doc.
Post # 13
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@Woodstock: YES, how could I forget Pho?!? That wonderful healing Vietnamese nectar!!!
Post # 14
Ditto on a saline solution, but I hate netti pots, it’s too awkward trying to tilt your head the right way. I prefer using a bulb, squirt bottle or large syringe.
Also, unless you’re using a form of Mucinex that has a decongestant, it usually is just an expectorant. Don’t overuse a decongestant, as drying everything out can make things feel a bit worse, but using it for a day or two days with one in between can help things out too.
Post # 15
How long it can last really depends on the severity of the infection. With minor infections, I’ve had them last up to a week, and with the more severe infections, I’ve experienced as long as three weeks. Antibiotics are a good precaution, and usually what doctors do for sinus infections, but the really unfortunate thing is that there is no evidence that the antibiotic helps clear up the infection any more than using a netipot, drinking fluids, and resting.
Most of what I believe will be colds turn into sinus infections for me. So, at least once a year, I will get one. It is very, very annoying. It’s exhausting, too!
Post # 16
@pecanpie: I’m sorry to hear that you’re suffering from a sinus infection. They are truly horrible and debilitating! I certainly hope you have some relief in the next day or two!
@cbee: I agree completely!! I’ve suffered from chronic sinusitus for years as well. Finally, after my third surgery, with a different and amazing ENT from the Sinus Institute of Washington University, I have the relief I’ve been seeking! I also sware by the use of a Netti Pot…it’s truly a life-saver!