Tips for Treating Sinusitis with Fish Antibiotics

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Sinus infections are a predictable manifestation of the smoke and destruction inseparable from war and catastrophe. Preppers should know how to treat this condition, as odds are, you’ll be affected by it during the initial days of a disaster.

It’s the headaches mixed with profound congestion making these infections so enjoyable.  Add in the difficulty breathing from accompanying bronchitis or pneumonia, and you’ll have the knock-out punch than can immobilize group members for weeks. For the prepper, traveling over land with a head cold is a type of misery best avoided. Most attempts at warding off the monster fail. Particularly when the smoke literally never clears.

What is Sinusitis?

The sinuses are air-filled bony cavities lined with a mucus producing tissue. Essentially, they’re a system of labyrinths that ultimately connect and drain through your nose. The mucus of the sinuses collects bacteria you’ve inhaled throughout the day, and tries to flush them out much like the lungs do – only from above. Normally drained by gravity, these cavities don’t always empty – not in humans anyway.

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The fundamental problem is illustrated above. Notice our drainage canals – the exit conduits leading from the bony cavities – are orientated upward in humans. They’re having to drain against gravity. Thought to be a consequence of standing upright, the illness is mostly one of people, and is rarely seen in animals.

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Four-legged critters have a head orientation rotated 90 degrees downward compared to ours. An orientation we would have if looking down at our shoes. This allows an animal’s sinuses to drain with the help of gravity 24 hours a day. For us, only when we sleep do we assume a gravity favoring posture.

How to Diagnose Sinusitis

Suspect a person in your group has a sinus infection if they have a head cold that just doesn’t go away. Particularly if they also have fevers or chills. Other symptoms include a dull ache or pressure in their forehead that’s worse when looking down. Pushing with your fingers over the sinuses in attempt to elicit tenderness, has been shown not to helpful in telling you whether they have sinusitis or not. So you’ll have to go on symptoms alone.

 

Should You Treat Sinusitis With Antibiotics?

There are two reasons antibiotics are generally not given for this condition, or at least not for the first two weeks:  First, we are not sure that even chronic cases of sinusitis have a bacterial cause. Acute sinusitis can last up to a month, but what role bacteria play, if any, has been debated for years and is still unknown.

Second, if it is bacterial, we think they are coating themselves with a biofilm. And this makes things difficult.

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Nasal rinses work best when given early in the course of a sinus infection.  To make your own rinse, add 1/4 tsp of salt to 8 oz. of warm water. Adding ¼ tsp of baking soda to the mix can help sooth swollen nasal passages.

Biofilms are complex aggregates of other bacterial species that surround and protect the evil-doers. In animal models, biofilms have been shown to increase the bacteria’s resistance to antibiotics by one-thousand fold! Meaning even if they are in there, they’ll be chuckling at your amoxicillin as it floats by. Better to thin the mucus with lots of water and let nature deal with the matter. You’ll want to be patient though. It could take months to resolve in certain cases – like when you cannot escape the smoke.

If You Treat With Fish Antibiotics, Which Should You Use?

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Nearly all of the fish antibiotics will work for this condition. Those containing a penicillin derivative or sulfa should work. If you treat, but don’t get a response within 2 weeks, then switch to another class of antibiotics.

Click the pictures above or the following link to learn more about fish antibiotics for preppers and where to purchase them.

Take Home Message: Fish Mox Forte or Fish Sulfa Forte are your usual first choices for sinusitis. If the person is not getting better after two weeks treatment, switch to Fish Flox aka Ciprofloxin. And don’t forget to perform saline irrigation, it is probably just as effective as antibiotics for treating this condition.

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