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sinusitis - will it go away on its own?

(10 Posts)
olivo Tue 10-Jul-07 11:13:16

I have had sinusitis since last monday and am wondering whether it will go away or if i need to get something for it. bizarrely enough, i was already on antibiotics for a recurrent sore throat when it started- i still have that too!
any advice?

loopylou6 Tue 10-Jul-07 11:19:36

it depends how severe the sinusitus is, ive had it a few times but the first time i had it i was coughing up pure black stuff but as i wxplained to my doc it wasnt coming from my chest and she immediatly said siniusitus, id never ecven heard of till then lol, i was given antibiotics that time but ive had it a few times since but never to that extent of last time and tbh honest its cleared up on its own, it does take ages to clear though.

Mumpbump Tue 10-Jul-07 11:20:26

Depends how bad it is. It should go away eventually by itself, but you might not want to wait that long. Are you doing steam inhalations to help open up and drain your air passages? If not, would really recommend them with either olbas oil or vicks.

expatinscotland Tue 10-Jul-07 11:21:43

I usually give in after about a week/10 days of suffering and see the GP.

Once I let it go and wound up with ear and chest infection as well.

Off work for 3 weeks and I was really, really ill.

olivo Tue 10-Jul-07 11:23:40

have been doing steaming etc but not with vicks etc as it makes me wheezy. the pain comes and goes, its all on the left side but the snot is just never ending!
its not black though, loopylou!

Mumpbump Tue 10-Jul-07 13:24:02

I know you can get your sinuses drained - they literally stick a needle-type thing up you nose and pierce the membranes. I would definitely go see the doctor. Are you taking sudafed?

olivo Tue 10-Jul-07 13:43:49

ouch! have tried the boots own make decongestant tabs but they made me feel really weird, kind of out of it!

Sexonknackeredlegs Tue 10-Jul-07 21:39:20

Sudafed is fab, and can be taken with a painkiller such as Anadin. I also find steam inhalation great, with a few drops of olbas oil in it.

Hope you feel better soon.

katepol Tue 10-Jul-07 21:56:10

I have gone to the docs twice with sinisitis because it hasn't gone on its own after a week or so and instead got increasingly painful.

First time was antibiotics which worked. Second time, I was prescribed a nasal spray, which also worked. Maybe you could ask a pharmacist of their is a otc spray if you can't get to the docs?

olivo Wed 11-Jul-07 08:09:55

thanks. have sent dh out for sudafed today and had forgotten i have a gp appt tomorrow so i will ask then, just in case.

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