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Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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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


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Can bouts of nearly involuntary forced exhalation in chronic sinusitis through right nostril relieved by nasonex or Benadryl (diphenhydramine) lead to COPD if untreated?

Can bouts of nearly involuntary forced exhalation in chronic sinusitis through right nostril relieved by nasonex or Benadryl (diphenhydramine) lead to COPD if untreated?

Not really: COPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and refers to the build up of scar tissue in the smaller airways of the lung. This scar tissue decreases the lungs ability to expand and contract and therefore the ability to move air and breathe. ...Read more

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Can I freely use high doses of combination of OTC antihistamines which seem to relieve extreme dryness of nostrils accompanying my chronic sinusitis?

Can I freely use high doses of combination of OTC antihistamines which seem to relieve extreme dryness of nostrils accompanying my chronic sinusitis?

Within Reason: I'm not sure what you mean by high doses of OTC antihistamines, but if you are only using antihistamines to treat your allergy symptoms you are not utilizing all available treatments. The gold-standard therapy for chronic sinus issues are nasal steroid sprays and/or antihistamine nasal sprays. Nasal saline rinses and an in-room humidifier help dryness but only if you are not allergic to dust mites ...Read more

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6 weeks, 2 doctors, 3 courses of antibiotics, cortisone and antihistamines and still not feeling any better (diagnosed with Sinusitis) What next?

6 weeks, 2 doctors, 3 courses of antibiotics, cortisone and antihistamines and still not feeling any better (diagnosed with Sinusitis) What next?

Not enough info: To say. We don't know specifics about your sinusitis. Not sure what studies were done or which antibiotics you were treated with. By the way - you asked this on the general health education site of HealthTap where we do not make medical diagnoses or recommendations. ...Read more

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I'm suffering from severe allergies n sinusitis. I have itchy eyes n nose n have developed bumps under my eyes. My normal antihistamines r not working?

Allergic Rhinitis: Suggest Nasal corticosteroid as preventer eg Omnair, with daily non sedating antihistamine eg Telfast and if still persistent, can add montelukast inhibitor eg Monteair 10 mg nocte. ...Read more

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Rhinitis 8 yrs, IgE 867, use many antihistamines, allergy shots, nasal sprays. Sinusitis after stoppage of sneezing. How to stop all this? Is hormonal cause?

Rhinitis 8 yrs, IgE 867, use many antihistamines, allergy shots, nasal sprays. Sinusitis after stoppage of sneezing. How to stop all this? Is hormonal cause?

2nd opinion: I presumed you have had a workup by an allergist who has instructed you on the proper technique on the nasal spray and you have followed the instructions on avoidance measures. Have you tried Dymista or singulair (montelukast) yet? And yes, hormone can affect nasal congestion being most evident in some women during pregnancy. I would seek a 2nd opinion from another allergist if symptoms remain uncontrolled. ...Read more

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What's the best antihistamine for my 12y/o chronic sinusitis allegra Claritin zyrtec or Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and what dose?

What's the best antihistamine for my 12y/o chronic sinusitis allegra Claritin zyrtec or Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and what dose?

Antihistamines: All the otc antihistamines are effective but Claritin Allegra and zyrtec have fewer side effects than benadryl (diphenhydramine). Chronic sinusitis may benefit more from prescription nasal sprays. See an allergist for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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What can I take for my sinusitis far as allergy otc go? I've tried Zyrtec, Allegra D, clairatin, Flonase, Benadryl (diphenhydramine). None help my sinuses!

What can I take for my sinusitis far as allergy otc go? I've tried Zyrtec, Allegra D, clairatin, Flonase, Benadryl (diphenhydramine). None help my sinuses!

See a physician: Non of the other OTC medications will help you as you already tried almost all available OTC medications. You may need to be checked and if your diagnosis is confirmed, you may need a prescription medication for something stronger and is not available OTC ...Read more

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Took 2 reactine e.s 24 hours ago. Safe to take 2 benadryl (diphenhydramine) now?

Took 2 reactine e.s 24 hours ago. Safe to take 2 benadryl (diphenhydramine) now?

Yes: As long as you are aware that this may make you drowsy- perhaps that's what you want in the first place. ...Read more

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Can you give children s Benadryl (diphenhydramine) while child is taking amoxicillin?

Can you give children s Benadryl (diphenhydramine) while child is taking amoxicillin?

Polypharmacy: These two medications have no significant interaction and are generally safe together. For more specifics, contact the prescribing physician as he or she would have more medical history available that could potentially be relevant. ...Read more

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How to cure sinusitis?

How to cure sinusitis?

Sinusitis Rx: Sinusitis is generally treated with oral antibiotics and decongestants. Since sinusitis is often triggered by uncontrolled allergies, antihistamines may also help. When using antihistamines during sinus or ear infections, adding guaifenesin +lots of water can help keep secretions thin to facilitate drainage. ...Read more

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Can sinusitis be operated?

Can sinusitis be operated?

Yes: The most common indication for surgical intervention is for those patients who suffer from chronic or recurrent sinus infections and have failed medical management (antibiotics, nasal sprays, ± steroids). A ct scan performed after medical management maybe quite helpful in determining your candidacy for surgery. ...Read more

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How can sinusitis be treated?

How can sinusitis be treated?

Simple to complex: Many sinus infections will resolve on their own. Simply using saline nasal spray and a topical decongestant may be all that is needed. For prolonged symptoms >10 days, you may need a course of antibiotics. For symptoms > 2-3 weeks, you may need antibiotics and steroids. For recurrent infections or chronic infections (symptoms > 3 months), surgery may be indicated. Allergies should be addressed. ...Read more

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What are the tests for sinusitis?

What are the tests for sinusitis?

Clinical and X-ray: Rhino-sinusitis has a number of clinical symptoms and signs. Yellow-green nasal discharge, pain or pressure under and between the eyes. Headache alone surprisingly is not that common. Post nasal drainage and cough are common. If these symptoms last for more than 10 days see an ENT doc. Cat scan is the gold standard for a diagnosis. But most acute symptoms are viral. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of Sinusitis?

What are the symptoms of Sinusitis?

The symptoms of Sinusitis include:: Nasal drainage, Congestion, Headache, Sore throat, Cough, Fever, Thick mucus drainage from nose, Blocked nose, Facial pain, Dental pain. ...Read more

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What to do for a recurring sinusitis?

What to do for a recurring sinusitis?

Check with ENT doc.: At age 48, recurrent sinusitis may be due to allergic rhinitis or a blockage of the opening of the sinuses in the lateral wall of the nose. I would advise obtaining a consultation from an ENT doctor for diagnosis and specific treatment. ...Read more

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What are symptoms for sinusitis I.?

Sinusitis: Sinusitis usually causes facial pressure and pain. Most patients have thick yellow of green nasal discharge and the nose is usually stuffy. Some patients have fatigue and malaise, simply feeling worn out and run down. Can have pain or discomfort in the upper teeth. Can also have fever, chills and associated cough. Treatment includes nasal saline, antibiotics and sometimes steroids. Hope that helps ...Read more

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Are there different types of sinusitis?

Yes: Viruses, bacteria, allergies and a physical blockage in the sinuses can all vail use inflammation or infection. ...Read more

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What are the ways to diagnose sinusitis?

History of exam: Most cases of classic acute sinusitis can be diagnosed by a good history: 1) nasal congestion 2) sinus pressure 3) sinus pain 4) tooth pain 5) ear pain 6) purulent drainage 7) fatigue and malaise. Not all have to be present for you to have a sinus infection. A good rule of thumb "if you have a cold more than 7 days. It is likely a sinus infection." chronic sinusitis has to be diagnosed with a ct. ...Read more

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How come I have sinusitis, but nobody else in the family has it?

How come I have sinusitis, but nobody else in the family has it?

Luck: Wrong place, wrong time, wrong climate. This is not a genetic condition. ...Read more

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Is sinusitis contagious?

No: Sinusitis is a bacterial infection. If it was caused by a viral upper respiratory infection (cold) then that is what would be contagious. ...Read more

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Is sinusitis contagious?

Is sinusitis contagious?

Usually not: The bugs causing sinusitis r usually the residents here--they live without causing problem because they exist in small number due the oxygen (toxic to these bugs) keeping them at bay. When nose/sinuses congested by cold/allergies blocking the oxygen exchange which allows the bugs to grow in excess and causes sinusitis. Treat the congestion and sinusitis often resolves w/o antibiotics. Consult doc. ...Read more

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Is eating oranges good for sinusitis?

Is eating oranges good for sinusitis?

Linus Pauling: Claimed vitamin c good for almost anything. Supposed to improve immunity? ...Read more

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What are the ways to prevent sinusitis?

What are the ways to prevent sinusitis?

Keep the nose clear: Since the sinuses drain into the nose, when nasal stuffiness blocks this normal drainage an infection of the sinus can result. If you suffer from nasal allergies, an antihistamine can help to reduce that stuffiness, or a decongestant for stuffiness due to a cold. If problem persists, see your ent, allergist or family physician for help. ...Read more

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How are GI problems connected to sinusitis?

Sinusitis: Sometimes postnasal drip can give people an upset stomach (after it is swallowed). I cannot think of any other relationship. Feel better. ...Read more

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Could an IgA of 4.3 be high? Linked to sinusitis?

Could an IgA of 4.3 be high? Linked to sinusitis?

Possible: IgA is the immunoglobulins in your mucous of your nose and they can be linked to sinusitis. The labs I am aware of express IgA leves as normal range of 76 to 390mg/dl.
Do you know the units and range for your lab? ...Read more

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What is antibiotic of sinusitis?

What is antibiotic of sinusitis?

Depends: The best way to treat any infection is with culture directed antibiotic therapy. This is not always performed with routine sinusitis, but would be advised for complicated, chronic, or chronic acute sinus dz. Penicillin derivatives are probably the most widely used antibiotics (amoxicillin or augmentin). Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What are the treatments for sinusitis?

What are the treatments for sinusitis?

Antibiotics: Along along with decongestants and sinus rinses. However allergies and other problems can be confused with sinusitis. See your doctor or an ENT if the problems are recurrent or severe. ...Read more

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What is bilaterlal maxillary sinusitis?

What is bilaterlal maxillary sinusitis?

Both sinuses sick: Bi lateral means occurring on both sides equally.
Sinusitis means an infection of the sinus
The Maxillary sinus is the lined boney air space beside the nose and beneath the eye. It can get infected easily, particularly when it is dry, and you are exposed to cigarette smoke for example.
If you have sinusitis please see an Ear Nose and Throat specialist and follow their instructions. ...Read more

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What is bilaterlal maxillary sinusitis?

What is bilaterlal maxillary sinusitis?

Maxillary Sinusitis: In short : Infection of both of your cheek sinus regions.

There are several sinus areas of the face. The maxillary sinuses are the ones located in your cheek bones, Bilateral refers to both sides. ...Read more

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What is Benadryl (diphenhydramine) used for?

See below: Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is an antihistamine. It is normally used to help with allergy symptoms, sneezing, and runny nose. It can also help with itchy rashes. Also, it is occasionally used for motion sickness. ...Read more

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Is amoxicillian used for pleurisy and sinusitis?

Can be: Amoxicillin would be used for these conditions if an underlying bacterial infection is confirmed or at least suspected. Otherwise, Amoxicillin will not help these conditions in any way. ...Read more

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How should a person feel if the snorted 50 mgs of benadryl (diphenhydramine)?

How should a person feel if the snorted 50 mgs of benadryl (diphenhydramine)?

Bad idea: The snorting of medicines that are not supposed to be administered intranasally is usually going to lead to catastrophic effects. The consequences of administering Benadryl (diphenhydramine) in an inappropriate manner could be delirium and hallucinations. You could also turn psychotic and accidentally hurt yourself or someone else. ...Read more

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Can sinusitis cause vomiting?

Can sinusitis cause vomiting?

Not likely: An acute gastric viral infection, or pertussis are more likely to cause vomiting. A hallmark of pertussis is cough that leads to vomiting. ...Read more

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Is sneezing a sign of sinusitis??

Sneezing: No, it may be sign of nasal inhalent irritation, allergy, viral or bacterial infection. True sinusitis involves inflammation of sinus lining and / or fluid build up secondary to obstruction of the drainage ostium. ...Read more

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Can chronic sinusitis cause cancer?

Can chronic sinusitis cause cancer?

Possible, but: Cancer of sinuses usually not attributed due to chronic sinusitis, however
highter incidence is seen in wood workers (japan) and metal worker who develops sinusitis due to dust inhalation, higher incidence of cancer especially sqamous cell cancer is seen more often. ...Read more

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Can chronic sinusitis affect libido?

Can chronic sinusitis affect libido?

Sure, for some: Libido not only varies high and low - it also varies in other ways like stability and fragility. For some psychological issues might cause changes more than physical ones - others vis-a-versa. Not feeling well would make sense as a reason for it to take a hit and chronic sinusitis doesn't feel good. Don't worry - that will only make it worse. If there are best times of day, use 'em for sex! Best! ...Read more

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Is it safe to take 4 benadryl, 50 mg?

Not good idea: This will not kill you but will likely make you very drowsy, thirsty (dry mouth), and/or constipated. It may also lead to rapid heart beats. Why do you feel that you need that many? ...Read more

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Diphenhydramine (Definition)

Diphenhydramine is a sedating antihistamine which is a kind of antihistamine type drug (common ...Read more


Benadryl (Definition)

Diphenhydramine is a sedating antihistamine which is a kind of antihistamine type drug (common ...Read more