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Dr. Brian Novick
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Acute Sinusitis (Overview)

Acute sinusitis is an infection of the nose and the sinus airways behind the nose and inside the cheekbones. Most often the infection is caused by bacteria.


Dr. Michio Abe
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What is acute sinusitis?

What is acute sinusitis?

Acute sinusitis: Acute sinusitis is inflammation of the cavities around your nasal passages with associated mucus drainage, which makes it difficult for you to breathe through your nose. It may cause headache, pain around your eyes and cheeks. It’s typically due to a bacterial infection, but could be due to allergies, viral or fungal infections. Acute sinusitis lasts up to 4wks (subacute 4-12wks & chronic>12wks). ...Read more

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Dr. Brian Novick
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Acute Sinusitis (Overview)

Acute sinusitis is an infection of the nose and the sinus airways behind the nose and inside the cheekbones. Most often the infection is caused by bacteria.


Dr. Robert Ramirez
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What are the symptoms of acute sinusitis?

What are the symptoms of acute sinusitis?

Multiple: Congestion, purulent nasal discharge, facial pain or pressure over frontal or maxillary sinuses. This pain can also be felt around temporal area, and can lead to tooth sensitivity or pain. Fever is somewhat rare. Usually the longer you have had the symptoms, the more likely it is bacterial (vs viral or even plain allergies). ...Read more

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Treating Sinusitis (Tip)

Treating Sinusitis

Most sinusitis is viral, allergic, or will resolve without the need for an antibiotic. ...See more

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Treating Sinusitis (Checklist)

See a healthcare professional if your symtoms persist or worsen
Daily
Use nasal saline spray or Neti Pot to help rinse sinuses
Once
Use antihistamine such as Benadryl, Claritin, Zyrtec, or Allegra
Daily
Try taking a long, warm shower or using a humidifier
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Dr. Robert Ramirez
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What are the signs and symptoms of acute sinusitis?

What are the signs and symptoms of acute sinusitis?

Multiple: Congestion, purulent nasal discharge, facial pain or pressure over frontal or maxillary sinuses. This pain can also be felt around temporal area, and can lead to tooth sensitivity or pain. Fever is somewhat rare. Usually the longer you have had the symptoms, the more likely it is bacterial (vs viral or even plain allergies). ...Read more

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Dr. Harold Kim
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Diagnosed with acute sinusitis and prescribed doxycycline. Puzzled by absence of any mucus but have other common symptoms. Is absence mucus possible?

Diagnosed with acute sinusitis and prescribed doxycycline. Puzzled by absence of any mucus but have other common symptoms. Is absence mucus possible?

Stuck in sinuses: You could be draining the mucus postnasally or back through your throat. The other possibility is that the sinus openings are swollen shut and the mucus is stuck within the sinuses. Decongestants can aid this. ...Read more

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Dr. William Forsythe
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Treating Sinusitis (Tip)

Treating Sinusitis

Nasal irrigation with Normal Saline is one of the most important things you can do to get rid if it. ...See more

Dr. Paul Diamond
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What are the tests for acute sinusitis?

History and physical: A history and physical - evaluation by a physician is my first choice - remember, most sinus infections are viral and do not require antibiotics! ...Read more

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Dr. Bernstein Joel
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How to know if I have acute sinusitis?

How to know if I have acute sinusitis?

An ENT exam: Without a specific x-ray, an ENT exam will usually reveal redness, swelling and pus in the lateral wall of the nose. The pussy drainage can be cultured and a specific diagnosis and treatment can be started. ...Read more

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Dr. William Forsythe
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Treating Sinusitis (Tip)

Treating Sinusitis

Nasal saline irrigations are very effective and have greatly reduced sinus surgeries thousands. ...See more

Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Sinus Rinse (Definition)

Try spraying nasal saline several times per day to help reduce ...Read more


Dr. Sewa Legha
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Sinusitis (Definition)

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