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Sneezing and cough, green phlegm, chest tightness, buzzy sound in my ears, taken amoxicillin, didn't work out

Since March I have had an itchy nose, sneezing and a cough. The iching has gone away but the constant green sudge in my sinus is still there. It goes on my chest at night and I am coughing up green phlegm constantly. Sometimes my chest goes tight and a Ventalin inhaler helps. The sputum is only ever green or yellow. I have a constant buzzy sound in my ears (which are frequently blocked too) a corse of 500mg amoxicillin did not work. I am really fed up now : ((
Fri, 15 Jun 2012
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General & Family Physician 's  Response

Welcome to HealthcareMagic forum.

The symptoms you have are consistent with upper respiratory infection - probably sinusitis. Presence of yellow/green discharge is concerning. It seems like amoxicillin hasn't worked in treating this infection completely. In such instance what you'd need is get the phelgm/discharge tested - a gram staining and culture / sensitivity test can be performed to identify the nature of infection and sensitive antibiotics.

A course of broad spectrum antibiotic can be started emperically. I am sure your general physician or ENT specialist will prescribe the broad spectrum antibiotic to you while you await the results of the phlegm test.

In addition, drink plenty of fluids. Take steam inhalation with menthol thrice a day - it will help you.

With proper antibiotic treatment, your condition should improve in a week or two.

Wish you a healthy and speedy recovery. I hope this answers your query.

Best Regards
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