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On antibiotics for sinus and allergy. Have had flu like symptoms. Suggest some effective cure

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Dear Doctor since i returned back home in April from holidays in Fiji, i have had sinus/allergy problems that just want to go away,i have been on so may antibotics,i've had flu like symptoms like a head cold with temperature, stuffy nose with the back of my throat feeling swallon which feels like it cuts of my swollowing all the time, but the worrying symptom for me is that my frontal sinuses between my eyebrows is very conjested and very itchy inside and feels likes something in there and there's ants crawling around in there and wont come out, and as soon as I start on anitbotics the crawling ants will run for there lives over my head and hide(thats the only way i can discribe this symptom)but when I'm about finished the dose of antibotics they come back again, and the whole cycle starts again. Have i picked up a tropical allergy that cannot be treated back home ? please help
Posted Tue, 6 Nov 2012 in Asthma and Allergy
Answered by Dr. Kulbir Singh 3 hours later
Hello and thanks for posting the query
Recurrent or chronic allergic condition requires more precautions instead of the medications. Overdose of any medication like antibiotic, can be harmful. Certain instructions which can help you are:
1. Reduction of outdoor exposure during the season in which a particular type of pollen is present. Because of their widespread presence in the outdoor air, pollens can be difficult to avoid.
2. Covering the mattress and pillows with impermeable covers helps reduce exposure to dust mites. Bed linens should be washed every 2 weeks in hot water to kill any mites present.
3. When this is not possible, a mask or respirator might be needed to avoid exposure to allergens.
4. Exposure to smoke, strong perfumes and scents, fumes, rapid changes in temperature, and outdoor pollution can be nonspecific triggers in patients with allergic rhinitis. Consider avoidance of these situations or triggers if they seem to aggravate symptoms.
5. Do regular steam inhalation 2-3 times a day and try to expel out phlegm as much as you can. This will help you in recovering from your frontal sinus congestion.
6. Patients with intermittent symptoms are often treated adequately with oral antihistamines like Cetirizine and decongestants, or both as needed. Regular use of an intranasal steroid spray may be more appropriate for patients with chronic symptoms.

Please consult your ENT specialist before using these drugs. Your doctor can prescribe you in proper dose and duration by clinical examination. So feel free to consult your doctor and get his valuable advice and treatment.

Hope I have answered your query. Write back if you have other related query.
Best Wishes and Have a good time.
Dr. Kulbir Singh
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