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Can you get a sinus infection while on antibiotics? I can't stop getting sick!!

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mrsrippey Posted: 01-02-2011 12:44 AM

I had a terrible cold a few weeks ago and with a lot of rest and water and tea it cleared up within a week.   

Well then I got a UTI and OB put me on antibiotics (this was Wednesday evening so I've been taking them for 3 full days now) and now I suddenly have cold symptoms back but times 10 (achy, clogged, green snot and phlegm, plugged ears, itchy ears and throat) and I am wondering how this can happen while I am on antibiotics.

Also I threw up this morning and was queasy and sick all day, which hasn't happened since first tri (except when having a gallstone attack or something particular triggers it).      

Do I have the flu? Is my UTI getting worse?  Am I just not catching a break here?   

Is there anything I can do besides drink, rest and wait??  I am soooo tired and so sick and so sick and tired of being sick and tired!  

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nstewart19@hotmail.com replied on 01-02-2011 1:42 AM

I'm sorry that you are feeling so sick!  Not fun!

Yes, you could get a sinus infection while on antibiotics, but the green snot makes it sound like an infection, not a virus. Shrug  The anitbiotics would fight an infection, but not a virus.

I'm sure there are some folks with actual medical back grounds that will give you a better answer than this anyway.

 

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thatwave replied on 01-02-2011 3:12 AM

I agree with PP. An antibiotic will only help with a bacterial infection. It will do nothing for a virus. A cold cannot be cured with antibiotics and neither can many sinus infections. In fact, more responsible/up to date doctors are now refusing to prescribe antibiotics for colds and flus since one, they are often useless, two, overuse invites the creation of drug resistant bugs and three, it kills "good" bacteria that are supposed to be in your digestive system.

If I were you, I'd use a sinus rinse at least twice a day and drink lots of juices with vitamin C. My roommate had a bad cold, and despite my attempts to avoid it, I ended up having very obvious symptoms a couple days ago--feverish feelings, chills, sore throat, fatigue, aches, etc.... The moment I felt the sore throat, I gargled with a special salt throat rinse I have, did a thorough saline nasal rinse and drank two big cups of juice followed by more liquids. I was very, very relieved when the symptoms stopped progressing and in fact went away in just under 24 hours!

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Calladona replied on 01-02-2011 1:58 PM

The antibiotics for a UTI are totally different than for a sinus infection.

Last time I had a sinus infection, I was told that after roughly 5 days if it's not getting better, you probably need antibiotics.

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mrsrippey replied on 01-02-2011 2:07 PM

Calladona:

The antibiotics for a UTI are totally different than for a sinus infection.

Last time I had a sinus infection, I was told that after roughly 5 days if it's not getting better, you probably need antibiotics.

Bummer... that's what I was wondering.   I was hoping it'd just go ahead and wipe out everything ha ha 

Does it count if it goes away and then comes back?   I have a MW appt on Thursday so if it's still going by then I'll tell her about it.   

I am just so darned miserable.  I don't know if I am just being a baby or what, but I swear pregnancy is making this worse than "just a cold".    

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scarlet_willow replied on 01-02-2011 9:51 PM

Oh you poor thing.  The green snot makes me suspect infection too.  That's usually one of the thing they ask. 

I had the flu, then a minor cold (which went away), and then a horrible cold starting 2 weeks ago that I still haven't been able to shake totally.  I called up my OB and they thought it was just viral after viral after viral, grrr  Was hoping it was something I could take antibiotics for and have it go away!  So this could be a new virus for you and completely different from the original one.  This just seems like one of those winters where EVERYONE is getting sick! 

I do think that pregnancy makes a cold seem worse.  Not being able to breathe through your nose alone is one of the worst parts. 

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Jo replied on 01-04-2011 11:42 AM

your immune system is less strong when you are pregnant, plus you get more congestion when you're pregnant-- so it could make it much harder to fight off a sinus infection.  I would advise sinus rinse or neti pot twice per day if you can tolerate it (it makes me gag), cool mist humidifier, saline nasal spray.  Ask the MW about a nasal decongestant.  I was told that later in pregnancy you can use a spray decongestant like Afrin.  That might help.  I would agree that it sounds like you have a sinus infection due to the green mucus.  I have had symptoms of a mild one coming and going this whole preg (now 18 weeks).  I was told by OB that I should go on antibiotics if it is obviously getting worse.  So far it's just a nuissance.  I think it's gone for a few days or even a week, then the green sticky stuff and sinus pressure  returns.

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mrsrippey replied on 01-04-2011 11:59 AM

I try to do the Netti Pot but it never comes out and then it gags me and I throw up.   It's so frustrating because so many people say it works! 

My ears hurt so bad inside and my nose is so stuffed I can hardly even blow it.     And now it's started getting to my throat and causing me to cough, which decided to come in in the middle of the night so I was coughing, gagging and throwing up all night.  Yay.  

I'm taking my antibiotic, my cranberry pill (with vit C) and my prenatal daily plus juice water and tea.     I guess it's just waiting... 

I'm just hoping it doesn't move to my lungs because I have asthma and i am prone to pneumonia - ick! 

Thanks ladies for your advice and sympathies, hope you are all staying healthy!  

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thatwave replied on 01-04-2011 2:33 PM

mrsrippey:

I try to do the Netti Pot but it never comes out and then it gags me and I throw up.   It's so frustrating because so many people say it works!

I use this product:

http://www.neilmed.com/usa/adword_sr.php?gclid=CIemu9qxoaYCFUGo4AodOEupnQ

To me, the Neti Pot looks like a real pain since but this bottle is pretty simple since you can just squeeze the rinse straight up rather than trying to pour sideways. The first squirt usually burns a little, but it feels like getting salt water up your nose when swimming in the ocean. After that, it stops and feels really clean and moisturized. It definitely works! It might be worth it to try this system instead of a Neti Pot to see if you can get the benefits without gagging.

I live in an area that is among the worst in the US for sinus issues and airborne allergens, so I get regular sinus pain, infections, headaches, etc... plus severe seasonal allergies. Discovering the nasal rinse made a huge difference.

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nstewart19@hotmail.com replied on 01-05-2011 11:16 AM

I agree with PP.  The bottle is easier than the pot.  I had a really bad sinus infection last December while pregnant and discovered it then.  Mine was so bad I lost my sense of taste completely!

A health nurse suggested another remedy to me that worked too.  Hot compresses on your face in the sinus area. Run a face cloth under warm or hot water (as hot as you can stand) and press it over your sinus area with a dry towel over top to hold in the moisture.  Repeat as the cloth cools until you feel the mucus loosen up.  Then use the Netti Bottle or pot.  This actually did work.  Also, if it is dry where you live get a humidifier for your room.

Hope you feel better!  

 

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Jo replied on 01-05-2011 8:19 PM

FWIW-- the sinus rinse (posted above) may be better than netti pot but it still made me gag when pregnant.  I refuse to try it again until my nausea is 100% gone.  Might be worth a try though....  You might have a different experience.  I like the idea of the compresses on the sinuses (be sure to cover the eye area too), and use a humidifier for sure (make sure it's kept very clean to prevent allergy issues).  I also find relief from hot showers and simply washing my face with very warm water morning and night.

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