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Dr. Brian Novick
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Acute Sinusitis (Overview)

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


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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

Dr. Brian Novick
224 Doctors shared insights

Acute Sinusitis (Overview)

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


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What are the symptoms of acute sinusitis?

Several: Nasal congestion, nasal obstruction, yellow-green nasal drainage, pain, fullness, and pressure between the eyes and in the face, pain over the eyes and pain on top of the head lead the list of symptoms of acute sinusitis. ...Read more

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Acute sinusitis (Tip)

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 a nasal saline spray or a neti pot to help rinse your sinuses
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Use an oral antihistamine, such as diphenhydramine or loratadine
Daily
Try to take a long, warm shower, or use a humidifier
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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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Acute sinusitis (Tip)

Avoid antibiotics - they do NOT work for 95% of sinusitis cases! ...See more

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Treating Acute Bronchitis (Checklist)

Drink plenty of water
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Take ibuprofen for pain
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What are the tests for acute sinusitis?

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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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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Acute sinusitis (Tip)

Avoid antibiotics as much as possible - virtually ALL sinusitis is due to a virus infection. ...See more

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How can I treat a middle ear infection and acute sinusitis if I'm pregnant?

Oral antibiotics: Since they are both bacterial infections. See your physician to discuss treatment plans. ...Read more

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Acute sinusitis (Tip)

Don't ask for an antibiotic. Your doctor will tell you if it's needed. ...See more

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What is the best treatment for acute sinusitis?

What is the best treatment for acute sinusitis?

Saline washes: Acute sinusitis symptoms are similar to an upper respiratory infecion but more severe and includes purulent drainage with sinus and facial pain. It lasts longer than the usual 7-10 days of a normal cold. Saline washes or lavage are very helpful along with topical and oral decongestants. Occasionally antibiotics are needed if the saline washes and decongestants aren't helping. ...Read more

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Acute sinusitis (Tip)

Do use antihistamine, saline or steroid sprays but not decongestant sprays as could make it worse. ...See more

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If I suffer from allergies and asthma, could I be at risk of getting acute sinusitis?

If I suffer from allergies and asthma, could I be at risk of getting acute sinusitis?

Not really...: Acute sinusitis is due to an infection of your sinuses and your risk for this is not increased by the presence of asthma. However, if you get acute sinusitis, this could lead to an asthma exacerbation so see your doctor for treatment if you develop symptoms of acute sinusitis. ...Read more

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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

Dr. Bernstein Joel Dr. Joel
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Acute sinusitis (Tip)

Confirm diagnosis with a cat scan. Get culture to verify correct treatment. ...See more

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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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Acute sinusitis (Tip)

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

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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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Acute sinusitis is not going away. Why?

Acute sinusitis is not going away. Why?

Possibilities: It might not be sinusitis at all, or if it is you might have a blockage of your sinus drainage pathway. A ct of the sinuses can answer these questions and is generally the first step in answering your question. Other possibilities include allergies, antibiotic-resistant bacteria and, rarely, antibody deficiency. ...Read more

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Acute sinusitis (Tip)

Hydrate, steam and saline mist help sinus issues. May be viral or allergic especially without fever. ...See more

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What are the causes of acute sinusitis?

Multiple causes: Usually a normal cold or flu (upper respiratory infection) which is caused by a virus after 5 days or so causes the sinus openings to block up and then bacteria develop within the sinuses causing an acute sinusitis. This then requires treatment via oral antibiotics and decongestants. However chronic smoking and allergies can also block up the sinus openings leading to an infection as well. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is acute sinusitis?

Infection: Acute sinusitis is an infection of the nasal sinuses (maxillary, frontal, ethmoid, or sphenoid) that is of recent onset. This infection is usually of bacterial origin, but could also be due to a viral or fungal infection as well. Common symptoms include nasal congestion, foul odor from the nose, cough, facial or upper teeth pain, and a "sinus" headache. See your doctor if you have these symptoms. ...Read more

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Acute sinusitis (Tip)

Add 4 tsp of xylitol to the hydro pulse irrigator saline solution; use daily till clear. ...See more

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What are the symptoms of acute sinusitis?

Several: Nasal congestion, nasal obstruction, yellow-green nasal drainage, pain, fullness, and pressure between the eyes and in the face, pain over the eyes and pain on top of the head lead the list of symptoms of acute sinusitis. ...Read more

Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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Sinusitis (Definition)

A condition caused by an inflammation or swelling of the tissue lining your sinuses. Acute sinusitis usually starts with coldlike symptoms such as a runny, stuffy ...Read more


Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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Sinus Rinse (Definition)

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