Commonly used antibiotics such as penicillin, erythromycin, and tetracycline do not generally work because usually the bacteria are resistant.
Antibiotics such as amoxicillin and sulfa drugs may be used as first line treatment for sinus infections, but they commonly do not work in patients who have had infections for more than a short period of time or who have been on multiple antibiotics previously.
We then may have to use one of the newer antibiotics - they are expensive, sometimes $100 per week. We commonly may have to use several different antibiotics until we can find the correct one.
It is important to understand that some people are cured by antibiotics like penicillin, but it's not as likely to work as one of the other, newer antibiotics.
If you would like a list, see the physicians section.
Can I use an over-the-counter nasal spray?
What about side effects from medications?
How long do I have to take antibiotics for sinus treatment?
The non drug remedies for sinus infection
Alternate sinus treatments
How do I find a doctor to treat my sinus problems?
Why do I often have symptoms when I wake up in the morning?
Why can’t the cilia move the mucus out?
What causes mucus to be moved out of the sinuses?
How is sinusitis diagnosed?