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is it possible to have a sinus infection if your sinuses look clear?

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Dr. Francisco Medina-mejia
General Practice 41 years experience
Clear Sinuses ?: If the clear means clinically. Difficult to evaluate the sinuses behind the nose: ethmoid, sphenoid. Easier the frontal and maxilar. Even by x ray sometimes is difficult, in some case ct scan is necessary to make a diagnosis of fluid in the sinuses. The question comes if it is infection or not? Most of the time we treat clinically and in doubt of the source of the illness, imaging is necessary.
Dr. Kevin Owoc
Prosthodontics 19 years experience
No: First off, there are 3 sets of 'sinuses'. If the sinuses are 'clear', then there is no abnormal finding. At that point, i'd have to say that i've personally never heard of somebody who had a sinus infection with clear, normal looking sinuses on a ct scan. I'd get a second opinion. Either you don't have 'clear sinuses', or it's something else. Keep smiling.

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