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A 45-year-old male asked:

How do i know if i have a bacterial or a viral sinus infection?

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Dr. Farhad Sigari
Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery 22 years experience
Time: The only real sign that has proven predictive of a bacterial sinus infection vs a viral sinus infection is the length of time of symptoms (that was reported to be 10 days). Initially it is usually a viral infection and then a secondary bacterial infection occurs (7-10 days later). That is why most physicians usually recommend otc meds and conservative measure in the beginning.
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How do you diagnose a sinus infection bacterial?

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Dr. Angela Walker
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Sinus Infection: A ct scan of the sinuses can be done to diagnose sinus infection.
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