Foul Nasal odor.....sinusitis?

  1. For the last few days my dh has been complaining of a foul odor coming from his nose. He says it smells like sulfur. He said he hasn't had any drainage but this morning he had some from his right side only and it's thick and yellow and smells terrible. He went to doc and got an antibiotic (amoxil) and she suggested Mucinex as well. I was doing some research online about this and I know it's an infection but I read that an antibiotic won't really help. Does anyone have any insight on this? Have you ever heard of this before because I haven't. I was wondering if anyone knew of anything else he should be focusing on that would cause this.

    Thanks in advance.
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  2. 3 Comments

  3. by   jamonit
    it may be viral in origin, making the antibiotics not help. sounds to me like he should get in to the doc's as soon as possible. perhaps the abx are not effective on the causative organism. could be lots of things, but what you described, imo, would cause me to make a return visit to the doctors. mucinex will break up some of the congestion, as it is an expectorant, however--so that's good. lots of fluids to help keep the stuff coming up.

    hope that helps.
  4. by   CuriousMe
    hi, i'm not a nurse yet, but have sinus and asthma issues.

    i'm generally given an abx not to treat the initial viral infection, but to treat the secondary bacterial infection which inevitably follows in the mucus trapped in my sinus cavities or in my lungs.

    muccinex and lots of fluids are both great ideas. i also find that a non-caffeinated tea helps loosen everything up. i don't know if it's the steam of the hot liquid....but it helps.
    (on second thought, i don't know that caffeine would make a difference for your dh...i avoid caffeine because i'm invariably on high dose and frequent bronchodialators at the time so i'm already shaking like a leaf)

    oh, one more thing.....if it doesn't clear up in a week or so, i'd inquire about whether it's fungal in nature.

    hope your hubby is feeling better soon.

    peace,
    cathie
    Last edit by CuriousMe on Jan 1, '07 : Reason: added info
  5. by   SmilingBluEyes
    If you are dissatisfied with your medical advice, and things persist, I would seek medical care from another doctor. It could be an infection, of another sort, than bacterial, as hinted above. Or, it may be something the doctor has not diagnosed, yet still requires treatment. Either way, I am sorry, but we can't give out medical advice on allnurses.com, per Terms Of Service. I hope your husband feels better soon. Good luck!
    Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Jan 1, '07

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