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Stopped Up Nose

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For the last 2 years i've had a stopped up nose. Since the start of this I've gone to the doctor multiple times. She told me that I had a sinus infection and has tried several antibiotics to kill this stuff off. I will admit that a couple of those times I wasnt religious about taking my medicine, but the last few times I have been. I am able to slightly breathe out of one nostril most of the time, but my sense of taste and smell has been dramatically impacted, not to mention I sound nasal when I speak. I really have no pain at all. Only the stopped up nose.

Does this actually sound like a sinus infection? Should I just go to an ENT and forget my PCP since her attempts have not corrected the issue after so long?
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replied July 24th, 2007
Re: Stopped Up Nose
nick905 wrote:
For the last 2 years i've had a stopped up nose. Since the start of this I've gone to the doctor multiple times. She told me that I had a sinus infection and has tried several antibiotics to kill this stuff off. I will admit that a couple of those times I wasnt religious about taking my medicine, but the last few times I have been. I am able to slightly breathe out of one nostril most of the time, but my sense of taste and smell has been dramatically impacted, not to mention I sound nasal when I speak. I really have no pain at all. Only the stopped up nose.

Does this actually sound like a sinus infection? Should I just go to an ENT and forget my PCP since her attempts have not corrected the issue after so long?


It does sound like a sinus infection, and it sounds like you screwed yourself by not taking the antibiotics.

Antibiotics are powerful drugs that kill bacteria. Bacteria, like any other living things produce offspring. If you begin to take antibiotics, but do not finish a treatment correctly, a group of bacteria who survived due to superior ability to handle the antibiotics will mutiply. The bacteria will mutiply to the point of regaining their original numbers... Except this time, most of the bacteria is resistant to the antibiotic because they are descendants of the surviving bacteria.

You said that you weren't "religious" in taking your medication several times. This has most likely allowed the bacteria to grow quite resistant to the treatment. The only alternatives you have by now, is getting your doctor to perscribe a MUCH more potent antibiotic (Which will have an impact on your overall body, as it also effects the good bacteria in your body), or you allow your own immune system to care for it. Either way, discuss it with a specialist.
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