Rock Hill, SC
A 42-year-old female asked:
whays the difference between a sinus infection and a virus?
1 doctor answer • 4 doctors weighed in
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Sinusitis: A virus is a type of organism that is capable of causing an infection, including one in the sinuses. A sinus infection (sinusitis) is the condition in which something is producing inflammation in your sinuses. Hope this makes it clear.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Do people ever get a virus while having a sinus infection?
1 doctor answer • 2 doctors weighed in
Infectious Disease 18 years experience
Infx caused by virus: A majority of sinusitis infections are caused by viruses (e.g.Rhinovirus). Since antibiotics only treat bacterial infections, they are useless against virus infections. In fact, the time it takes to feel better after taking an antibiotic, is the same as the patient who didn't take an antibiotic. In many cases, your immune system will take care of it; supportive management is all that is needed.
Last updated Jan 5, 2019
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