jennet (jennet) wrote in thequestionclub,

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I'm fairly certain the consensus is going to be "go to the doctor" but I figured I'd ask anyways.

I'm sick. Nothing major, just a sore throat and swollen lymph nodes that make me suspect another sinus infection. If it is a sinus infection, it would explain why there is insane pressure when I lean my head back that feels like it's crushing my ears. It sucks kind of a lot.

So, on to the background for the question. About a year ago I started getting sinus infections a on a constant basis. To the point that I would get a sinus infection, treat it via prescription, and then turn around and have another one a week later. It got old pretty quick! I saw a ENT (ear nose throat doctor) at the time and they found some polyps in my throat. Treated that, and put on allergy medicine. My PC doctor told me to go ahead and take my allergy medicine every day, even if I didn't feel like I needed it, because it would help keep the sinus infections at bay. I have been taking Zyrtec for about 6 months now and it's been great, no problems and it does a great job.

I recently ran out, and haven't been able to go back to the doctor because I just moved and my insurance was just now taking effect at my new job. I've been without Zyrtec for about a week, and have had the swelling in my head for about 3-4 days.

Here's my question: should I just go to the doctor and ask for more Zyrtec (along with antibiotics to kick the infection) or should I try to find out *why* the sinus infections keep coming back? Part of me doesn't want to spend the money to deal with it, especially since I have a fix...but another part of me feels like I'm covering up whatever sinus issue could be below the surface. Is it possible I'm just really unlucky with the sinus infection thing?
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