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Posted by: feb | 2004/02/18

untreatd sinusitus

i have suffered from sinusitus for 30 years or so. Medication has never been very helpful, whether decongestant, antihistamine or antiboiotic- all have very temporary effects. This year I am trying to go without any of these . So far it hasn't been worse than usual. The only difference is that the pain is always slightly there and I have been aware of swollen glands from time to time, whereas the meds sometimes took the pain away completely. Of course I can get rid of it with painkillers. Basically I'm trying to see if my body will get into gear and deal with this congestion naturally. How long can I wait before I cause any damage?

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Feb, you should be OK as long as it doesn’t become infected. If fever becomes part of the symptoms you should see your doctor. It also might be due to a polyp and then nothing but surgery will clear up the problem. The best would be to see an ENT surgeon if it doesn’t clear up within 6 weeks. Good luck.

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