Treating Sinus Problems: Don't Rush to Antibiotics
Sinus problems can be very uncomfortable, with symptoms just as pain or pressure around your eyes, cheeks, forehead, or teeth, and yellow, green, or gray mucus.
Each year, many people use antibiotics to treat sinus problems that are usually unnecessary. First, antibiotics kill bacteria but do not kill viruses or help allergies. Viruses or allergies cause most sinus problems. Second, most sinus problems typically get better in a week or so without drugs, even when bacteria do cause them.
Antibiotics cost money, can cause side effects, and, when overused, can stop working as well. So, when should you use antibiotics to treat a sinus problem? You usually need an antibiotic when you have an infection that is caused by bacteria, and the infection is not going away on its own. This may be the case if your symptoms last more than 10 days, get better and then worse again, or are very severe. When you need an antibiotic, ask your doctor if you can use generic amoxicillin. It is usually the best choice and costs much less than brand-name antibiotics.
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Some patients prefer to use walk-in clinics for minor medical problems.
Walk-in Clinics, also called Convenience Clinics, are typically staffed with Nurse Practitioners instead of physicians. Generally, nurse practitioners are well trained to treat minor medical problems and are able to write prescriptions.
There are some advantages and disadvantages to using walk-in clinics:
Walk-in clinics tend to have equal or lower costs than physicians' offices. They are often open 7 days/week, have extended hours, do not require an appointment and have short waiting times. Most walk-in clinics will not charge you for the visit if they can't treat your problem and will refer you to a physician. Walk-in clinics are not a good choice if you have a complicated medical problem or need a physician evaluation.