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Sinus infection and constant head pressure

Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) | Last Active: Jun 25 4:23pm | Replies (16)

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@loribmt

Hi @pack12 Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect! In this community based forum, we’re not medical professionals so we can’t diagnose health problems or prescribe treatments. We’re members just like you who share personal experiences and insights to help find answers.

Oh dear, I’m sorry you’re having to deal with a persistent sinus infection! They can be so painful and tenacious. Most do disappear on their own but with an established infection like yours it might need to be treated with more than one round of antibiotics or a steroid nasal spray. Was it suggested to use a nasal spray to open the sinus passages, such as Flonase?

Since it is allergy season you could be experiencing both…allergies and a residual sinus infection. Have you tried an over the counter antihistamine such as Benadryl or Claritin to see if that helps at all? I’m not prescribing anything but that is a usual course of treatment for allergies.

There are some other natural nasal sprays on the market that can promote good sinus health such as Xclear. You can also try warm washcloth compresses on your face.
While Netty pots do have value for flushing the sinuses, it isn’t recommended to use tap water. It’s not sterile and can introduce bacteria to the sinus cavities. A nice dark, damp environment like that is a great host to bacterial infections.

If this were me, I’d have the sinuses re-evaluated and maybe have a culture of the fluid in your nose to check for bacteria type in order to treat with the proper antibiotics. But since this is still ongoing, whether it’s allergies or bacteria it should be checked out so you can start to feel better again. I hope you feel some improvement soon! Lori

Mayo Clinic has some information regarding sinusitis. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/acute-sinusitis/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20351677

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Hello @loribmt , thank you for your response, I was put on Flonase but it was not much help unfortunately. I will get it checked out further. Thank you!

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