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Dr. Chad Levitt
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Sinus (Definition)

In anatomy, a sinus is a cavity within a bone or other tissue. Most commonly found in the bones of the face and connecting with the nasal cavities. Sinus (anatomy), description of the general term paranasal sinuses, air cavities in the cranial bones, especially those near the nose, including: the maxillary sinuses, also called the maxillary antra and the largest of the ...Read more


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What causes a sinus infection?

What causes a sinus infection?

Lots of things: Anything that clogs the nose can block the sinuses. Common causes of nasal swelling include upper respiratory tract infections (colds) and allergies. Once the sinuses cannot drain, bacteria can accumulate in the sinuses and increase in large enough numbers to cause the symptoms of infection. The bacteria can come from various sources, including the nasopharyx and the adenoids that reside there. ...Read more

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What causes a sinus infection?

What causes a sinus infection?

Microbes...: Microbes: most commonly viruses, and occasionally bacteria. ...Read more

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Can salsa cause a sinus infection?

Salsa and sinusitis: Hello, I am not aware of any link to eating and swallowing salsa and an associated increased risk for sinusitis. ...Read more

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Can sinus infection cause bad odor?

Can sinus infection cause bad odor?

Sinusitis: Both acute sinusitis and chronic sinusitis can cause a change in your sense of smell. They can also cause bad breath. If your sense of smell is severely compromised, see an ent. ...Read more

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What is the cause of a sinus infection?

What is the cause of a sinus infection?

Bacterial vs. Viral: Typically bacterial or viral in origin. Viruses tend to resolve on their own in a few days (think of the common cold) whereas bacterial infections persist longer than a week and/or there's a "double-worsening" where one starts to feel better, and then the symptoms relapse. Antibiotics like Azithromycin and Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) are used to treat bacterial sinus infections. ...Read more

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What is the cause of sinus infection in elder people?

What is the cause of sinus infection in elder people?

Bacteria: Bacteria is the main cause of a sinus infection. They can occur at any age. The only reason they may occur more frequently in the elderly is because their immune system is somehow compromised due to medications, illness, or other health problems. ...Read more

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Can sinus infection or problem cause trouble with vision or make you feel 'foggy'?

Can sinus infection or problem cause trouble with vision or make you feel 'foggy'?

Definitely: Sinuses suround the eye socket. Infection or allergic symptoms can translate to tear film inconsistency resulting in visual blur. Fogginess is secondary to sinus congestion which impeeds lymphatic flow. Headaches can result. Decrease or better yet refrain from smoke environments. Humidifiers help. Good luck! ...Read more

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What could cause my chronic sinus infection?

Not always infection: Chronic sinusitis is symptoms persisting for three or more months. Symptoms are congestion, drainage, facial discomfort, reduced smell. Causes are bacterial, allergic, nonallergic inflammation, structural, dental, medication side effects, environmental, and from a systemic disorder. There is not an easy answer. Suggest ENT evaluation. ...Read more

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Would a sinus infection cause a throb in the head?

Would a sinus infection cause a throb in the head?

Yes, but...: A sinus infection can certainly cause throbbing of the head; however, many headache problems (including migraine) can also cause this symptom. ...Read more

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What causes rid of a chronic sinus infection?

What causes rid of a chronic sinus infection?

Sinus Infections: Sinus infections may have multiple contributing factors in many patients. These include allergy, deviated septums, nasal polyps, under-treated previous infections, hypothyroidism, gerd, warts, tumors, viruses, etc. Ent sub-specialists often are often best qualified to sort all this out and formulate a treatment plan. ...Read more

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I have a sinus infection but now starting to feel very week and tired. What going on with me cause it making me feel very depress?

Several options: May be getting less sleep. Inflammation from infection can make fatigued. If low temp and low blood pressure then may be inadequate adrenal gland response. If allergy present can also cause fatigue and decreased mental performance. ...Read more

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Could a sinus infection be the cause of teeth pain?

Could a sinus infection be the cause of teeth pain?

Yes, but: Infected sinus could cause top back teeth to become symptomatic. Put your head between your legs, if pain gets worse may be sinus problem. Could be both at same time. Go to your dentist for exam with x-rays and also see your physician to evaluate sinuses. ...Read more

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Can sinus infection cause bad smell?

Definitely: Yes a sinus infection can definitely cause a bad smell in the nose. Some will describe it as a sweaty sock smell. ...Read more

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What causes rid of a sinus infection?

Antibiotics: Normal treatment of a sinus infection is a 7 day course of antibiotics, decongestants and drinking plenty of fluids. Nasal inhalation of steam and salt water irrigations can help alot as well. ...Read more

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Can acinetobacter cause a sinus infection?

Can acinetobacter cause a sinus infection?

Acinetobacter: This would be an unusual bacterial cause of sinusitis, but virtually any organism can produce infection under the proper circumstances. This organism most commonly infects the sinuses when the patient is nasally intubated or has a nasogastric feeding tube in place. ...Read more

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Can sinus infection cause floating feeling in the head?

Can sinus infection cause floating feeling in the head?

Yes: A sinus infection can mimic almost anything in the head.
My ENT doctor once told me, that the sinuses are very unforgiving, so do not miss any of the treatment instructions I give you. ...Read more

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Might it be possible that a a sinus infection cause a stroke?

Might it be possible that a a sinus infection cause a stroke?

Unlikely: Unless the sinus infection becomes invasive and affects the vessels or erodes the skull, it cannot cause stroke. The chances of a sinus infection becoming invasive are very rare. ...Read more

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What commonly causes a sinus infection, and is it preventable?

Cause of sinus inf: For most people who get acute sinusitis it is caused by inflammation and thickening of the mucous membranes which block the very small openings of the sinuses and causes back of fluid, which is a great place for germs to grow. By far the most common causes are the ordinary cold and allergies. Regular sinus rinsing is probably the best preventive treatment. ...Read more

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Can sinus infection cause random bad smell and light headiness?

Sinusitis: Yes, intermittent alterations in odor and light headedness may occur with changes in the upper respiratory tract accompanying sinusitis, but before making the assumption that this is what is causing your symptoms you should be seen by an ENT doctor to be sure that something more severe is not in progress. Good luck. ...Read more

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What are the causes of a sinus infection and is it preventable?

Viral: The overwhelming majority of sinus infections are viral in nature, and are self-limited. They are not really preventable, as the viruses are everywhere. ...Read more

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It could be possible that a sinus infection cause discomfort when breathing?

It could be possible that a sinus infection cause discomfort when breathing?

Yes: Sinusitis can inflame the nasal lining so air movement through the nose is irritating. It can also inflame the lungs causing asthma like symptoms such as chest tightness, wheezing and dyspnea. Post nasal drainage will also irritate the throat making breathing uncomfortable. ...Read more

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If sinus infection isn't passed to one another, how do you get one to begin with? Isn't it caused by germs?

If sinus infection isn't passed to one another, how do you get one to begin with? Isn't it caused by germs?

CDC. Gov: The sinuses are hollow bones that drain. Allergies, the common cold, or anatomical issues can block the drainage for example of the osteomeatal complex that drains the maxillary sinuses. Then fluid and pressure can build up and brew viral bacterial or even fungal infections. Acute Bacterial Rhinosinusitis gets treated with Flonase intranasal steroid to open up and Amoxicillin/Augmentin per IDSA. ...Read more

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Can a sinus infection cause your whole head to throb? Also will it throb worse if you are doing physical activities, like lifting things?

Can a sinus infection cause your whole head to throb? Also will it throb worse if you are doing physical activities, like lifting things?

Yes but headaches: Can have other causes, such migraines and even severe problems, such as brain tumors or brain bleeds. Other symptoms of sinus infections include nasal blockage, drainage in the front of the nose or back in the throat, and altered smell. A complete medical evaluation would be recommended for persistent throbbing in the head. ...Read more

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Can pollens cause a sinus infection?

Secondarily: If you have an allergy which produces swelling in your nostrils this may block drainage from the frontal and maxillary sinuses and this may result in sinus infection. ...Read more

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Will a sinus infection cause anosmia?

Will a sinus infection cause anosmia?

It can: The olfactory (smell) nerve fibers are located in the upper nose in a small area. Swelling from infection can block the smell molecules from getting uo to the olfactory nerve fibers. This is usually temporary. Also, certain viruses can directly damage the olfactory nerve fibers sometimes causing permanent anosmia. ...Read more

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Can sinus infection cause seizures?

Can sinus infection cause seizures?

Stress can trigger: A seizure in susceptible individuals. Those seizure patients that comply with their treatment routine & have good medicine levels should be able to tolerate most simple stresses like a fever or a sinus infection. Breakthrough during a simple infection calls for a revision in the treatment plan. ...Read more

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Is my vomiting caused by a sinus infection?

Is my vomiting caused by a sinus infection?

Reflux into sinuses: Since there is an open space between the mouth and the sinuses, vomiting may result in an infection if the vomitus refluxes up into the nose and then sinuses. ...Read more

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Could sinus infection cause my airway to be blocked when I lie down?

Could sinus infection cause my airway to be blocked when I lie down?

It could: When the sinuses are inflamed, the nasal tissue swelling will increase when lying flat. Other nasal conditions such as inferior turbinate hypetrophy can behave the same way. I would recommend visiting an ENT physician. ...Read more

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I am on amoxicillin (875 mgs) for a sinus infection and after taking it, I can't help but feel really tired. Can the medication cause this?

I am on amoxicillin (875 mgs) for a sinus infection and after taking it, I can't help but feel really tired. Can the medication cause this?

Fatigue: Any medications may have very mild or significant side effects. Serious side effects such as anemia, liver or kidney toxicity may in turn cause significant fatigue. Infection by itself can make you feel tired also. See your doctor for screening blood work if your fatigue symptoms persist or worsen dramatically ...Read more

Dr. Adam Lewis
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


Dr. Rajiva Goyal
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Syncope (Definition)

Loss of consciousness and postural tone caused by diminished cerebral blood flow. Syncope may indicate a particular medical condition, however often it may occur in an otherwise healthy individual. It is a common problem, accounting for 3% ...Read more