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Alternative Treatment for Sinus Infections

Alternative Treatment for Sinus Infections

Q: I get frequent sinus infections. How can I prevent them? And how bad are antibiotics really? Also, are there any alternatives to antibiotics?

A: This is a great question, and one that many people are asking this time of year. Antibiotics are vastly over-prescribed for the management of sinusitis. Studies have shown that the use of antibiotics does not significantly reduce the severity or the duration of symptoms.

For several years, I have had patients with chronic sinus infections and allergies tell me that the use of a neti pot has been “life changing” (yes, those were the exact words). Now there are studies to support that nasal irrigation, either using a neti pot or other instruments, can improve symptoms.

I recommend that anyone with seasonal allergies or chronic sinus infections use a nasal irrigation on a daily basis.

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Dr. Brent Ridge is the health expert for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. You can call and ask him a question live every Tuesday at 2 p.m. Eastern on Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 112 (1.866.675.6675). You can also follow along as he learns to grow his own food and raise goats on his farm in upstate New York by visiting www.beekman1802.com.

Got a health question for Dr. Brent? E-mail him at drbrent@care2.com.

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As an undergraduate, Dr. Brent Ridge majored in public health and environmental science, studying the way the state of the natural environment impacts our health choices. As a physician, he specializes in the field of aging. Send your health questions to Dr. Brent at drbrent@care2.com

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12:16PM PST on Dec 24, 2013

Thanks

6:25AM PST on Nov 30, 2013

Thanks

2:01PM PST on Nov 13, 2013

thank you!!

4:50AM PDT on Sep 4, 2013

ty

1:05PM PDT on Jun 21, 2013

thanks

5:02AM PDT on May 31, 2013

There must be something to do

4:10AM PDT on May 31, 2013

Thanks.

9:49PM PDT on May 28, 2013

A friend of mine swears by her neti pot. Thankfully I don't have the same problem and don't have to find out if it is a tried and true method.

2:41PM PDT on May 21, 2013

noted.

6:58AM PDT on Apr 25, 2013

i use a spray and works so good...

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