Personal stories about choosing surgery for sinusitis
These stories are based on information gathered from health
professionals and consumers. They may be helpful as you make important health
Pete, age 43: I have had one sinus infection
after another for the better part of a year. I've been taking antibiotics and
using steroids and decongestant nasal sprays for a month now with no results.
My doctor just did a CT scan and found out that one of my sinuses is blocked.
He says he can fix it with surgery.
Misti, age 32: I've had a couple of bouts of
sinusitis this year, so I asked my doctor about sinus surgery. She said there
are some stronger antibiotics and other treatments I should try. I agree that
it's better to try the medicines.
Marona, age 54: My doctor fired all the
medicines at this infection that she could, and I took them just the way she
told me to, but nothing seemed to work. After she looked at my CT scan, my
doctor thinks what I've got may be a fungal infection. That would explain why
the antibiotics I've tried haven't helped. I hate the idea of having the
surgery, but I have tried everything else.
Jonathan, age 29: I have pretty bad sinusitis,
and I've had it a few times over the years. The last time I got it, my doctor
prescribed antibiotics and showed me how to wash out my sinuses with salt
water, and that worked. I'm going to try that again, and my doctor says there
are some other things we can try, too, like nasal sprays and allergy
Shannon Erstad, MBA/MPH
Kathleen M. Ariss, MS
Pat Truman, MATC
Primary Medical Reviewer
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Donald R. Mintz, MD - Otolaryngology
August 15, 2008
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
August 15, 2008
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