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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.


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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
209 doctors shared insights

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.


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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
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Use nasal saline spray or Neti Pot to help rinse sinuses
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Use antihistamine such as Benadryl, Claritin, Zyrtec, or Allegra
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Try taking a long, warm shower or using a humidifier
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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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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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Treating Sinusitis (Tip)

Treating Sinusitis

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

Dr. Ana Adelstein
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Sinus Rinse (Definition)

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


Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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Sinusitis (Definition)

Sinusitis is inflammation of the ...Read more