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Is it possible to have a sinus infection without nasal congestion or runny nose?

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Dr. Joseph Roosth
34 years experience in Internal Medicine
Yes: A sinus infection occurs when bacteria (most commonly) grow and create pain/pressure in one of the sinuses. Many times, one of the ostia, the openings from the sinus into the nasal passages get plugged up for various reasons without typical sinsus symptoms. Recently had a patient with severe sinusitis whose only symptom was a bad cough. Otherwise felt fine.
Answered on Jun 11, 2019
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Dr. Joseph Roosth
34 years experience in Internal Medicine
A number of unfortunate other conditions produce sinusitis withouit nasal symptoms. I've seen severe sinusitis many times in tracheostomy patients who cannot breath through their noses at all; granted that's a special case, but not uncommon.
Apr 12, 2012

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