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Persisting sinus congestion. Taking cough and congestion medication. Facial numbness. side effect?

Hi, I have been bothered with sinus congestion for about 3mo now. I just recently started working outside with my job, but I wear a ski mask for protection. I recently stopped taking Sudafed for my congestion and starting taking a CVS cough and congestion medicine that was suggested by a pharmacist. Its really done wonders...except for the fact that the left side of my face is numb! My cheek, nostril (yes just one) and my upper gums on the left side as well. This started 4 days ago. Help!!
Asked On : Sun, 27 Jan 2013
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ENT Specialist 's  Response
Aug 2013
hello and welcome to HCM,

I do understand your problem and have concern for the same.
You need to understand that a good doctor will try to give you a medication which may not give you immediate relief but is safe for long term use so that your body will not have any permanent damage. Unfortunately many of the pharmacist though knowledgeable will give you medication which though give you immediate relief but may not be good for long term use.

Anyway, what you have is an acute case of sinusitis and you need to get treated with a strong antibiotic like amoxycillin-clavulanate 625 mg twice daily after food for five days and an anti histamine like levocetrizine 5 mg once daily after food for two weeks. Your doctor will know about these drugs. You also should take steam inhalation at least twice in a day for five days.

After you feel better you need to get an ENT consult and get an endoscopic evaluation and as well as CT of the sinuses so that you can be given a better and permanent cure.

take care and get well soon

Dr Sriram Nathan
Answered: Mon, 2 Sep 2013
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