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Is sinus an infection or an allergic reaction?

Is sinus an infection or an allergic reaction?

Air Space: Sinuses are air spaces in your head that exist to keep your head from being too heavy. The maxillary sinus when infected or otherwise irritated can cause toothache-like symptoms. Sinuses can also become inflamed from allergies. So, sinusitis can be the result of either infection or allergic reaction. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Berry
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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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Allergies or a sinus infection, what's the difference?

Allergies or a sinus infection, what's the difference?

That is a million: dollar question! In theory - allergies are cause by environmental triggers and cause inflammation. A sinus infection is caused by a bug - virus, fungus or bacteria. Many sinus sufferers have allergies - but not all. Some chronic sinusitis is caused by very narrow anatomy in sinus cavities. Careers have been made trying to answer these questions effectively in a given person ...Read more

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Sinus infection no congestion or cough?

Sinus infection no congestion or cough?

Neti pot: Consider using a neti pot. You can also add a drop or two of sski or lugol's to the salt water. Too much iodine can make it sting. Rinse sinuses twice daily or more if needed. ...Read more

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Is spring pinkeye infection or allergy?

Is spring pinkeye infection or allergy?

Either or both: Tree pollen in the spring often causes itchy, red eyes (allergy) and can be treated with avoiding outdoor pollen, taking an antihistamine by mouth or allergy eye drops (otc or rx). If the redness is accompanied by pus or pain then infection is most likely. Often people with itchy eyes rub them for relief and cause an eye infection on top of their allergy. This requires a call to you doctor. ...Read more

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Can pollens cause a sinus infection?

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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What could help in viral or allergic sinusitis?

What could help in viral or allergic sinusitis?

Sinusiris: Denotes inflammation of the paranasal sinuses and the nasal cavity too in most cases, so saline nasal washes, steroid nasal sprays, and systemic antihistamines would help, in either viral or allergic disease, if bacterial infection kicks in, so antibiotics will be needed to hasten recovery, in either case you need to see your doctor / ENT specialist, best wishes ...Read more

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Allergy or sinuses or other--which cause eyebags?

Allergy or sinuses or other--which cause eyebags?

All do: Swelling under the eyes, especially with blue or black discoloration, although commonly referred to as allergic shiners may be due to allergic rhinitis, sinusitis, or lack of sufficient sleep. ...Read more

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Can an ear or nasal infection cause tremors?

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Can an ear or nasal infection cause tremors?

Tremor: Not likely, unless it relates to anxiety or after-effects of klonopin (clonazepam). ...Read more

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Can sinus issues, like an infection, trigger or make migraine symptoms worse?

Can sinus issues, like an infection, trigger or make migraine symptoms worse?

Migraine triggers: Yes. There are many triggers to migraine headaches. You should keep a journal and try to identify the triggers to avoid migraines. Usually you will need treatment by your doctor for migraine headahes. Be sure to live a healthy lifestyle and do not smoke. Use meditation to relieve stress which is a big trigger of migraines. ...Read more

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A sinus infection or pneumonia, what's the difference?

Skull vs lungs.: Sinus infections are usually viral , and they involve the cavities in your skull that make your skull lighter. They can get filled with fluid when your get a cold, and that fluid, over time, can get secondarily infected with bacterial. Classic pneumonia is a bacterial infection in the air sacks of the lung and needs antibiotic treatment. ...Read more

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Is a sinus infection contagious if it's due to allergies?

2 diff things: Allergies donot cause infection, so allergies not contagious, infection due to bacteria and virus are contagious. ...Read more

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Is sinus infection contagious through kissing and can sinus infection be caused by allergies?

Is sinus infection contagious through kissing and can sinus infection be caused by allergies?

Yes: Sinus infection can be passed by close personal contact or body fluids. Kissing definantly qualifies. Allergies can cause sinus inflammation that can mimic infection. Allergies can also make it easier for an infection to take hold. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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Sinus problems, recurrent infections, because of allergy?

Sinus problems, recurrent infections, because of allergy?

Sinusitis + allergy: Allergies are one of the commonest causes of sinusitis, or sinus infections. This happens because nasal allergies make the membranes inside the nasal cavity and sinus cavities swell. When they swell, they block the tiny openings that connect the sinus cavity to the nasal cavity and bacteria trapped behind the blocked openings or ostia, then grow very numerous; next, your body sends white cells. ...Read more

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How to determine if sinus infection or atrophic rhinitis symptoms?

How to determine if sinus infection or atrophic rhinitis symptoms?

Possible: The cause if an upper respiratory infection(sinus / ear) .. Can be transmitted either from child to patent or vice versa... To determine if bacterial infection vs rhinitis.. Length of time, bloody nasal discharge, tender sinuses, headache and even fever are taken into account.., . ...Read more

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Are allergy, infection, or thrush, causes of an inflamed throat?

Are allergy, infection, or thrush, causes of an inflamed throat?

Yes they all can: Allergies can cause drainage that goes down the back of your throat, causing irritation rarely is it painful. Usu results in throat clearing and phlegm. Bacterial and viral infections can cause throat to be red and painful. Thrush, rare in adults unless on certain meds or immunosuppressed usu causes un-washable white coating on tongue, cheeks, and can affect the throat. A doc can help tell. ...Read more

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Will ginger root help with dizziness from sinus infection or allergies?

Will ginger root help with dizziness from sinus infection or allergies?

Possibly: Dizziness is a common symptom & often it's hard to find the cause. Neither sinus infections or allergies are common causes of dizziness: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dizziness/basics/causes/con-20023004 Ginger has been shown to help with dizziness from motion sickness.It may or may not help for other causes but is safe to try. Try to find cause. Acupuncture & homeopathy may help. ...Read more

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Can infected teeth cause ocular(silent migraine... Or sinus infection cause it?

It could: Any inflammation in the facial area can trigger a migraine. There is a large nerve called the trigeminal nerve which is responsible for the pain. Ocular migraines are likely a variant of this. However, if you are having eye symptoms, do not assume they are related to your teeth or sinuses - get it checked! ...Read more

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Dr. John Michalski
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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


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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more