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Water in sinus cavity causing havoc

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • July 27, 2008
  • 10:51 PM

I went on a trip to the Carribbean and got some water in my ear. This was 3 weeks ago. This water has led to pus on my tonsils, bad sinus headaches and a blockage in my ear.
I have been on antibiotics for 15 days and nothing seems to help.
Has anyone heard of anything like this?

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  • Is there water behind the ear drum, maybe a bacteria in the water caused the infection. I would see an ENT to be sure
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies Flag this Response
  • To treat sinusitis and ear infection you double dose wide spectrun antibiotics for at least 10 days. If this won't help, you need to have your sinus rinced.
    Felsen 510 Replies Flag this Response
  • Most sinus infections are caused from fungal or viral infections. So don't shoot your wad unless you have to do so. Have the doctor check the ear first inside and out. You don't want to loose your hearing. You can also try rinsing out sinus cavity in morning and evening with warm salt water. Do not use too much salt or you will be cussing me and the cat.
    Abbydoodle 138 Replies Flag this Response
  • Thanks for the replies, I am on my 18th day of antibiotics and no resolution in sight. I will take a look at the rinse. My tonsils are still infected, will this call a problem with the rinse?
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Are you been treated by a GP or an ENT-specialist? To start with you need a culture to see what bacteria you have and if the antibiotics are the right kind. The antibiotics are spread through your body with blood. It means that they will reach the bacteria in your tonsils (there are blood vessels in your tonsils) but it’s more difficult to reach the bacteria inside the liquid inside your sinuses. So your tonsils might being reinfected by the bacteria from the sinus liquid. That’s why sinusitis is so difficult to treat. There is a little opening between the nasal and maxillary sinus cavities. If you make your own saline rinse with a vessel bought in health care store, you will probably only rinse the nasal cavity, which is good, but not always good enough. Sometimes the ENT doctor must break through the septum between the two cavities with a needle to be able to get the saline into the sinus cavity. It’s not the most pleasant experience but sometimes it must be done. This ends the cause to the problems immediately. This must be done by a ENT specialist.Good luck Cali!
    Felsen 510 Replies Flag this Response
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