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A 42-year-old female asked:

whays the difference between a sinus infection and a virus?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Martin Raff
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.
Dr. Janet Roberto
Family Medicine 36 years experience
Also a sinus infection can be caused by a virus or a bacteria in which case an antibiotic may of benefit. But there is no way to know which is causing the sinus infection
Oct 6, 2014

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A 37-year-old member asked:

Do people ever get a virus while having a sinus infection?

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Dr. John Leander Po
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.

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