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Dr. Thomas Fiala
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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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Please what are decongestants? And what is a sinus? Thanks a lot

Please what are decongestants? And what is a sinus? Thanks a lot

Sinus air filters: Your sinuses are air filtering chambers, they are behind your cheekbones and behind your forehead and nose. They filter the air that you breathe in and remove allergens. Sometimes when people have allergies or infection the sinuses get very congested. Decongestants are medications that can decrease the congestion in the sinuses. ...Read more

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What do you do next when sinus decongestant medicine does not work?

What do you do next when sinus decongestant medicine does not work?

2 answers: First, consider that sinus congestion, which is often viral and (non-infectious) post-viral inflammation, takes time to get better. Second, if you're getting worse, develop fever, express pus (often greenish) from you nose, or have progressive facial pain, there may be superimposed bacterial infection requiring an antibiotic. See your doctor. ...Read more

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I am having a hard time clearing up sinus congestion, dispite using OTC decongestants. Help!

I am having a hard time clearing up sinus congestion, dispite using OTC decongestants. Help!

Oral or spray?: If you are using a nasal spray, this can develop into a rebound congestion called rhinitis medicamentosa. This suggest the use of the med, it wears off and the nose tissue swells again Develops after about one week of usage. The treatment is going without the decongestant. If this is an oral pill see the doctor for further advice. Your doctor can provide info on both. ...Read more

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I've been getting sinus headaches for over a week now. Decongestants work for a few hours but nothing really works what shall I do now???

I've been getting sinus headaches for over a week now. Decongestants work for a few hours but nothing really works what shall I do now???

Sinus infection: it sound like you might need some abx for a sinus infection. if you can't or won't take abx, you can do sinus rinses 2-3 times per day. those will get rid of a sinus infection as well, it will just take more time. ...Read more

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Told take decongestant for URI w/ sinus infection & laryngitis. Won't it make the laryngitis worse? Saw ENT & no vocal cord issues but got prednisone.

Likely safe, but...: Seems like you have already been seen by at least one physician and maybe more than one.The best time to ask questions about med recommendations and review concerns is with the physician prescribing the treatment.So i would contact your physician mainly. In general using decongestants may be helpful, or may not. Studies are not impressive. Hydrate, avoid smoke, consider saline irrigation.Talk to doc. ...Read more

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Have a bad sinus headache. Looking for a good antihistimane with decongestant in it?

Have a bad sinus headache.  Looking for a good antihistimane with decongestant in it?

Need diagnosis: Although headache may be associated with sinusitis, there are more important symptoms associated with rhino-sinusitis. These are yellow-green nasal discharge, fullness, or pressure in the face, pain between the eyes and post-nasal drainage. Headache as an isolated symptom is not commonly caused by a sinus infection. The gold standard to make a diagnosis of sinusitis is a cat scan of sinuses. ...Read more

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Chronic infection or uveruse? Got sinus infect 6 week ago, started using OTC decongestant sprays. Congestion and infection symptoms keep getting worse

Could be both: If your sinus symptoms are from infection, you may still have a smoldering sinus infection. However, your symptoms may now be due to rhinitis medicamentosa, a condition caused by prolonged over use of nasal decongestant type medications. You need to visit your doctor and stop using the nasal medications. ...Read more

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Phenylephrine (Definition)

Phenylephrine hydrochloride is a decongestant which is a kind of antihistamine type drug (common ...Read more


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Decongestant (Definition)

Decongestants are a kind of common ...Read more