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Are sinus infections contagious? I have heard yes and no....

Are sinus infections contagious? I have heard yes and no....

Yes and No: Any infection can be transmitted to others via close contact. If the sinusitis produces cough, sneezing, nasal discharge then those particles in that secretions get to your hands, the tissues or clothes used to cover or to their respiratory tract and they may get it. In general if there is no contact with those secretions through cough, sneezing, nasal discharge, saliva ( kisses), hands :no. ...Read more

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Dr. Qamar Khan
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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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Are sinus infections contagious?

Are sinus infections contagious?

Yes: All infections are contagious. After about 24 hrs of antibiotic treatment the infection should not be contagious. ...Read more

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How do you cure sinus infections?

How do you cure sinus infections?

See an ENT doc !: Sinus infections are frequently caused by allergies or the inability of the sinus to drain properly. If the sinus isn't draining properly, and this is the sole reason for your chronic infections, the ENT surgeon will often make the draining hole of the sinus larger. This allows adequate drainage of the sinus which greatly reduces the number of infections. Keep smiling ! ...Read more

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What to do about sinus infections?

What to do about sinus infections?

Consult your Doctor: Sinuses are air filled spaces that surround the nasal cavity, if infection gets in theses cavities than you have sinus infection.If you have sinus infection you need to see your doctor to make sure you have sinus infection and if so, you will need to be treated with proper course of antibiotics.So consult your doctor. ...Read more

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What is cure acute sinus infections?

What is cure acute sinus infections?

Quinolones: In some cases, the antibiotic Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) will work. In severe cases, the quinolone antibiotics such as Avelox or Levaquin are indicated. Keep smiling ! ...Read more

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Why do sinus infections have an odor?

Why do sinus infections have an odor?

Sinus infection odor: Sinus infections can have an odor from the infected material (pus) in the nose and sinus passages. Inflammation of the nasal lining during the course of an infection may alter one's sense of smell so that most thing smell unpleasant. The sense of taste may be altered as well. ...Read more

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Does flounase work for sinus infections?

Does flounase work for sinus infections?

Not really: Flonase works for allergies. A very stuffy nose can lead to a sinus infection and Flonase might help prevent that. But studies have shown no benefit from inhaled steroids like Flonase once you already have an infection. ...Read more

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Why do sinus infections make you feel badly?

Sinus symptoms: Any infection will tend to make one feel bad, fatigued, etc. Specific symptoms with sinusitis include facial pain, upper teeth pain, headache, nasal congestion, fever, drainage and sore throat. ...Read more

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How come i keep on getting sinus infections so frequently?

How come i keep on getting sinus infections so frequently?

Aperature of sinus: Many people get sinus infections due to allergies. However, chronic rhinosinusitis is often caused by the inability of the sinus to properly drain. This leads to infections. If the sinus is unable to drain properly, then bacteria is unable to escape the confines of the sinus. A procedure commonly performed to aid in sinus draining is to widen the ostium (drainage hole) in the sinus. Keep smiling ! ...Read more

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How can I prevent sinus infections ?

Keep nose clear: Rinsing nose with saline solutions such as neil med rinse, followed by nasal steroid spray can help. Determining whether you have significant allergies that cause nasal and sinus congestion can also lead to more choices to prevent sinus infections. ...Read more

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What is a cure for sinus infections?

What is a cure for sinus infections?

Not "one" cure: Most "sinus infections" are not really infections. If there really is an acute sinus infection with pus in the sinus there should be severe facial pain, nasal discharge, congestion, often a cough as well. The antibiotics and topical decongestants. Supportive measures to ease pain will also help. Prevention is important so stop smoking. ...Read more

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What causes frequent sinus infections?

What causes frequent sinus infections?

Usually viruses but: Recurring sinus infections are more often due to virus(and not bacteria)..They can be caused by frequent exposure to others who have respiratory infections(ie, teachers, students) ;or having underlying allergies; have some "anatomic" issues with your nasal and sinus passages; or rarely a "minor" immune problem. See an allergist for a careful evaluation. There are many good treatment options. ...Read more

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Is spicy food good for sinus infections?

Is spicy food good for sinus infections?

Can help: Spicy food, garlic, onions. Curry, hot peppers can thin your mucous and open your airways making it easier to breathe. Capsaicin in hot papers is said to be anti microbial and may kill viruses. However it everyone agrees with this. Remember to drink lots of water. ...Read more

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How can I avoid frequent sinus infections?

How can I avoid frequent sinus infections?

Limit exposures: Several things contribute to chronic sinus problems. Most issues are not truly infections, but usually more congestion. Avoid smoking and smoke exposure, explore allergies, consider nasal saline irrigation, and avoiding dairy products for 2 weeks (most adults have some version of milk allergy).Sometimes, recurrent issues can be from lacking some immunologic factors(iga, etc) may help identify. ...Read more

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How can I avoid frequent sinus infections?

Difficult: Other than frequent hand-washing to prevent the spread of viruses and bacteria and avoiding sick contacts, there isn't a lot more you can do. Certainly controlling nasal allergies can help, with the use of nasal sprays and other meds. Saline irrigation may help. ...Read more

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Could there be a cure for sinus infections?

Could there be a cure for sinus infections?

See details: Medications that open up the drainage and treat the infection are the best cures. ...Read more

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What could cause frequent sinus infections?

Multiple things: Frequent colds (uri), nasal allergies, hay fever, smoking, nasal polyps, septal deviation, turbinate enlargement, and foreign material in the nose (common in kids) can lead to sinus infections. ...Read more

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Can Doxy-Cycl Hycl 100mg cure sinus infections?

Can Doxy-Cycl Hycl 100mg cure sinus infections?

It may: Doxycycline is an antibiotic and may cure a sinus infection if the bacteria causing the infection is sensitive to it. Be sure to follow-up and discuss any treatments and infections with your Dr. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of viral sinus infections?

Cannot tell the: difference. Sinus infection can be viral or bacterial. Facial pain , drainage frequently colored or bloody, pain in the face and alteration of taste can all be symptoms including fever. Suggest that you do not smoke. If this persist see your doctor. ...Read more

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Why do I keep getting frequent sinus infections?

Why do I keep getting frequent sinus infections?

Several reasons: Normally the sinuses drain into the nasal cavity. In some patients drainage can be inadequate because of scarring, tumor or congenital reasons. Alternatively other patients suffer from chronic mucosal inflammation due to allergies, recurrent upper respiratory infections, smoking or other irritants. Both conditions can cause recurrent sinus infections. ...Read more

Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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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. Thomas Klein
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Sinus Pain (Definition)

Sinus pain = discomfort in cavities in the head & face. This may be due to congestion or infection of the sinuses. See this article ...Read more