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A 58-year-old female asked:

an ent did a culture which tested positive for h influenza bacteria in my sinuses. is this a different organism than the one that causes the flu?

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Dr. Neil Kudler
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Yes, different: Haemophilus influenzae is a typical bacteria type to cause sinus infection. The "flu" is caused by the virus (not bacteria) influenza, of which there are a number of types. Flu viruses do not respond to antibiotics like bacteria do and, in a healthy person, will resolve without medication except to treat the symptoms.

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Last updated Jun 26, 2014

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