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how to tell the difference between a sinus infection and bronchitis

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Dr. Carlo Hatem
24 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
42 years experience Gastroenterology
Snot, pain, temp CMD: Cold can cause fever, headache, stuffy nose, clear to light colored discharge. Sinus infection more likely days into a cold; often with face or dental ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Doanh Nguyen, md, faaaai
13 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Rhinosinusitis: By saying allergies i suppose you refer to allergic rhinitis when you have seasonal sneezing spells, watery and itchy eyes and nose. Sinusitis and rhi ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
60 years experience Internal Medicine
Difference: The mucus discharge in allergies is clear and watery. The nasal discharge in a paranasal sinusitis is thick, green or yellowish and is rarely bloody. ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
36 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Neurological finding: The combination of headache, fever and focal neurologic findings are highly suggestive of brain abscess. Neurologic findings include trouble walking, ... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Velt
Dr. Paul Velt answered
41 years experience Diagnostic Radiology
Difficult to do: Somethings the lung sounds are similar. Pneumonia on chest X-ray has a picture that may be characteristic. Bronchitis on the other hand often times ha ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Overholt
25 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Tough to determine: On symptoms alone, but bacterial sinusitis is way overdiagnosed and some studies suggest that antibiotics don't hasten resolution that much anyway. I ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Levin
26 years experience Periodontics
Appropriate testing: If a tooth in the upper molar/bicuspid region is in close proximity to the sinus, it can be difficult to determine the cause of symptoms. Pulp testing ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Rubenstein
50 years experience Dentistry
See your dentist: Your dentist will take x-rays and do an examination to determine whether any of you teeth are infected, or whether any pain you are having may be the ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nayla Mumneh
28 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Cold and allergies: Colds usually come with systemic symptoms of body aches and low grade fever. With allergies you generaly feel well except for your nasal symptoms.
A female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Culture: Culture of the lesion, exudate, biopsy or blood will provide the definitive distinction. Superficial infections may be resolved by microscopic examina ... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Klein
20 years experience Family Medicine
Often timing or test: There are many different types of viral infections and bacterial infections so it depends on location. by type of infection: sore throat: bacteria ca ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
It often isn't so: easy to distinguish. Medical testing can hlep to sort it out.
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Sometimes difficult: but except in very severe cases of allergy, people don't lose appetite with allergy which is also not associated with a fever. Allergy may also be sea ... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vahe Yetimyan
50 years experience General Practice
Cause of the: cold is a virus but the cause could be a virus or be a bacteria in sinus infection. The symptoms are not totally similar . Also treatment could be di ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jack Rubin
47 years experience Nephrology and Dialysis
Yeast infection?: A bladder infection can be caused by a strain of bacterium or yeast. If the urine culture grows out yeast, it is a bladder infection caused by the yea ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
37 years experience Pediatrics
Cold: Infants do not have a well developed sinus system. They are not prone to develop sinus infections. Allergic rhinitis is also rare in infants. So if ... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gina Cadena-forney
20 years experience Family Medicine
Discharge n itching: A vaginal yeast infection is frequently associated with a cottage cheese type discharge and itching. A UTI frequently causes burning with urination ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael P Vaughn
33 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Associated symptoms: Persons with nasal allergy typically have congestion, clear nasal discharge, itchy and watery eyes. If symptoms last more than one week, a viral cold ... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Amandeep Kaur
9 years experience Family Medicine
Sore throat: peritonsillar abcess may have a very swollen and fluctuant tonsil with uvula deviated to opposite side. In tonsillitis, deviation of uvula, fluctuatio ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Latonya Brown-Puryear
21 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Asthma: Can be difficult because both entities can result in similar symptoms. I often think of them more in terms of cause and effect. A common cause of asth ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Croup vs no sound: Laryngitis is often the effect of the croup agent on older patients. While the little kid develops the throaty & resonant croup sound, the older kid o ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anthony Cusano
39 years experience Nephrology and Dialysis
Bladder/kidney infx: Sometimes it is impossible to tell the difference, but often the difference is in the degree of symptoms. A simple bladder infection has mostly local ... Read More
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