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Sinus Infections Santa Monica, CA

The pain that develops from a sinus infection can be intense. Every year, over 31 million Americans are afflicted with this health problem. Allergy sufferers, people with compromised immune systems, asthmatics and those with structural blockages of the nose or sinuses are in the high-risk category for this ailment.

Over-the-counter medications are used by thousands to relieve symptoms, and those with more severe cases must resort to doctor visits and prescription medication. When caught early enough, most sinus infections are easy to treat and do not lead to complications.

There are a variety of treatments available for sinus infections. Choosing the most effective treatment depends on the cause of the infection.

Types of Treatment

Bacterial sinus infections are treated with antibiotics in most cases. The type of antibiotic will determine how long it must be taken, anywhere from 3 to 29 days. Patients who have had long term infections or more severe episodes can expect to be on antibiotics longer.

Nasal decongestant sprays are used for short-term relief for up to four days. Swollen nasal passages shrink and drainage flows better. These medications need to be used with caution to avoid a rebound phenomenon. If used too long, you could become dependent on nasal spray because the nasal passages will close due to swelling.

Allergy patients depend on antihistamines to help relieve discomfort. The antihistamines block the inflammation caused by allergic reactions and relieve symptoms. Combination drugs using both nasal decongestants and antihistamines can be effective; however, some contain ingredients that can cause mucus to become thick.

Corticosteroids applied topically through nasal sprays are prescription medications that prevent and reverse the swelling and inflammation associated with a sinus infection. In addition, these drugs also shrink and prevent the return of nasal polyps.

Saline washes are often used to rinse nasal passages and sinuses to clear them of mucus. One popular method of doing this is using a Nettie pot.

Sinus infections can be very uncomfortable, and the pain they cause can be unbearable. Prompt treatment can ease the discomfort and help you get back to normal. Contact Dr. Michael for help with the discomfort caused by your sinus infection.

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Tammy Siever

Dr. Michael is the most Caring Dr. I have had the privilege of having taking care of my health needs. His calm and personal demeanor is above and beyond what I have ever experienced. I have never had issues with the the waiting time but, if ever I did I would not complain because he is worth the wait. I get his complete attention the entire visit. When I leave I feel very confident that he has completely covered my heath needs from head to toe. I would recommend him to anyone who wants is concerned or wants a Dr. to be concerned about their health.

Gianpaolo von Nacher

Dr. Michael has been our family doctor for over 10 years. He has always been the main pillar in our family care; specially a few years ago when my father wouldn’t have been able to get through a very difficult period without his care. He always goes the extra mile. His staff is amazing. Anita, his nurse, always efficient, loving and caring. Aileen, in the front desk, always responsive and helpful. I’m very grateful to have them on our side.

Mark B

I could literally write pages about Dr. Michael. I thankfully met him and his staff over 13 years ago after I had been suffering from a serious lung infection for over a month that 2 other doctors had missed.- 1 due to being totally arrogant and thinking I just had a cold. I was burning up and so sick I could barely walk. Dr. Michael took the time and actually listened to me - instead of just saying its probably just the flu (as the other doctors had done) or just a cold and sending me home, he actually did a complete physical on me an then had the intuition to order a chest x ray on me (I was not even coughing at the time) and then really looked at it and discovered that I actually had a really serious lung infection and started me on antibiotics. While this may sound like no big deal - it actually was, as he actually saw that it was not a normal looking lung infection and I later learned he went above and beyond and had a infectious disease specialist look at the x ray just to be safe and as he suspected it was even more serious. Since that day he has always been my main doctor. I would also like to add that I have a serious long term health condition and most doctors would generally attribute many of my current and past health issues to my main condition (it usually is the case) but Dr. Michael always looks at whatever is happening to me at the moment as if I was a new patient. This is probably his biggest talent and gift as a doctor as he has on more than one occasion over the years thought outside the box with me and has figured out quickly why I was sick at the time - sometimes it was minor but more than a few times it was really serious. His quick way of thinking and knowledge and intuition is what kept me from getting sicker and going into the hospital. If you are looking for a doctor that actually treats you like a person and not a number then see this man. I am not a celebrity or a wealthy person - far from it - but he treats me like I am - many Vets like myself go to the VA and its a great blessing but I just do not have the energy to go there as its so big. Dr. Michael is seriously brilliant and really patient and I am truly thankful I found him.

Edward Dragavon

Dr. Michael takes the time to explain the meaning of medical terms and test results in a way that a lay person can understand. He is very thorough and answers any question that you may have. His staff is also very professional and competent at their tasks. Given a choice, I wouldn't go anywhere else.

Tim Whalen

Dr. Michael is an intelligent caring human being who is focused on positive outcomes. He has a great ability to synthesize the details of lab results and other tests into preventive measures. I greatly respect his approach to care.

William Barry

A very smart and caring doctor. Very intuitive and yet he will base his decisions on test data. Patient for over 10 years. 5 stars

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Brent J. Michael, MD

2001 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 880W
Santa Monica, CA 90404



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