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Best Way To Unclog Sinuses
Sinuses: Decongestants (like otc sudafed) can shrink swollen sinus passages to let them drain & relive pressure. Saline nasal spray can flush germs out of passages. Sinus irrigation with sterile (boiled or distilled) water with salt in it can also help [neti pot]. Avoid antihistamines as they dry up congestion where it is. ...Read more
Sinuses are air filled spaces in the head that have several proposed functions: 1. They serve as shock absorbers in cases of head trauma 2. Lighten the skull 3. Humidify and filter the air while also producing mucus 4. Play a role in vocal resonance. The head contains 4 paired sinus cavities: maxillaries (cheek) under the eyes, ethmoids (between the eyes), frontals (above ...Read more
What the best way to reduce the effects of my sinuses? I have to always be walking around with tissues.
The sinuses do not drain into the ear. Your ear will drain to the back of your throat
(pharynx). If you have sinus allergies or congestion from time to time, a simple saline spray from the pharmacy will work great. Also, you may want to consider a neti pot from your pharmacy. You must use sterile water or boil tap water to sterilize it. Personally, i'd just use the saline nasal spray. ...Read more
Ct scan showed thickened membranes in my sinuses. Mainly left maxillary (mild) what's the best way to deal with the inflamamation which is the problem?
Depends on cause: Depends on cause, if infection - antibiotics. If allergic, steroid nasal spray. If due to systemic inflammatory disease - treatment of underlying condition. See an ENT doc for evaluation/treatment. ...Read more
Wash hands...: Since most are caused by viruses, several preventative steps can be done to help reduce these infections: 1. Wash hand frequently. 2. Avoid being in situations where you are that can harbor or spread viruses (unventilated areas) 3. Use a netty pot 4. Cover your cough with your arm and your fist. 5. Get your vaccines up to date, including the flu shot. ...Read more
ED Meds: All of the oral pde5 medications are vasodilators and can cause nasal congestion. Intracavernosal injection therapy would circumvent this problem. Talk to your urologist about this highly effective option. ...Read more
A possibility: Sinus surgery is not always necessary for chronic sinus problems. Your ENT specialist should examine you in the office and perform a sinus ct scan to identify the cause of your sinus problems. If there are blockages in your nose and sinuses, then surgery would definitely help. If not then your symptoms may be due to chronic allergies and allergy management would be the right thing to do. ...Read more
I always have pressure in my sinuses behind where my dark circles are. Sometimes I have pain. I've suffered more than a year with it. Best solution?
See a physician: Sinusitis is a clinical disease that is best diagnosed by an ENT doctor or an allergist. The dark circles may be a sign of allergy. If you have suffered for a year with these symptoms of pressure in your face, between the eyes or above the eyes, it is high time you had a specific diagnosis. See a physician. ...Read more
Drink H2O flush nose: Make sure you are drinking enough water and not taking medications that will dry out your mucous membranes. Nasal flushing with a mixture of saline and baking soda can also be helpful. ...Read more
Hi there, I've recently come down with a cold and my sinuses are all blocked up and my muscles are a bit achey, what would be the best solution for this? Should I head to a doctor for some anti biopics to kick it as quick as possible?
MostColdsAreViral: Most colds and sinus congestions are caused bu viruses and are self limited and don't require any Antibiotics. It is treated symptomatically and other times does not require any treatment. But if the symptoms get worse with green or yellow nasal discharge, high fever, headache and cough, then you consult your Doctor and your Doctor will decide if you do or do not need Antibiotics ...Read more
My sinuses have been imbalanced - like they can't keep consistent mucous/pressure. Ears are like altitude is always changing. Lying face-down is best.
Which test- cat scan or mri- is best at looking at sinuses? Had severe sinus inflammation show up on both, but which test has the most detail?
Scratchy throat sinuses bothering me first day sign of a cold or is this hear burn related what's the best remedy as I have a trip in 1 week?
Likely virus: Your sinuses should not be congested from gastroesophageal reflux ("heartburn"), although that can cause scratchy throat. You might have an early virus. To get better quickly, get 8 hours of sleep a night, drink plenty of fluids and possibly consider a zinc supplement. Vitamin C (250mg/ day), when taken regularly, may shorted your colds by a half day. Prevent colds with good hand hygiene. ...Read more
Best allergy medicine for post nasal drip that is affecting my asthma and breathing. Something I'm allergic to is killing my sinuses and lungs.
See MD: Pain in the sinus is because of congestion causing pressure against the lining of the cavity where the nerves are. Be sure you don't have a sinusitis, has to be determined by your doctor. Thereafter, there are multiple medicines to decongest the sinus from nose sprays to antihistamines to real decongestants which can be given by your md. ...Read more
Multiple pilonidal sinues detected. One of them discharged some pus watery substance. Surgeon advised primary closure surgery. Best course of action?
Follow advice: Please follow the advice of your surgeon, who knows much more about you and your specific medical condition than anyone on this forum. Good luck. ...Read more
Sinuses: Usual medicines like nasal sprays with steroids and or antihistamine, oral antihistamines and decongestants, saline nasal irrigations and oral steroids can all help. If symptoms persist ENT and proper allergy evaluation are important. Allergy injections to build up a tolerance toward the offending allergens are very helpful. It is a slow but very effective treatment in the long run. ...Read more
Nasal steroids: Nasal steroids are generally a good place to start, as the treat all kinds of inflammatory sinus disease (allergic and non-allergic). Antihistamines help if there is an allergic component, as do oral decongestants. An evaluation by an otolaryngologist is always helpful to look for causes. ...Read more
Explode?: Although your sinuses will not explode, certain types of sinus infection will erode through adjacent bones and produce osteomyelitis, or infection can spread into surrounding tissues or the brain and its linings and cavities. ...Read more
See below: Justin: Sinus or sinusitis is an overused term, without a uniform connotation. Dry air can dry out the mucus membrane of the nose and cause a sensation of burning, especially if you do not make enough mucus. Dry air by itself does not cause sinusitis. Bacterial infection in the sinuses may require antibiotic treatment. Seeing your doctor would be prudent to settle the issue. ...Read more
Not exactly: Your sinuses are part of the facial skeleton. The are air pockets within the bone. The openings from your sinuses onto the nasal passage can be widened and this will sometimes improve drainage. There are a number of smaller sinus cells between your eyes, and these can be surgically treated to remove the internal walls to create a single, larger space, but ultimately you will still have sinuses. ...Read more
Blocked sinuses: There may be anatomic airway/nasal deformity, like a deviated nasal septum, overgrown bone (turbinates), or bone at the holes that aerate sinuses. The mucous membranes may swell and block the natural air holes into the sinuses, along with mucous or bacterial exudate (pus). Finally, there are some soft tissue masses (tumors) that can also block these holes. Smoking also aggravates tissues. ...Read more
Big blood vessel: The cavernous sinuses are actually not the stereotypical sinuses that most people talk about. If you have sinusitis, you will have inflammation of your paranasal sinuses. The cavernous sinus is a collection of veins just outside your brain. It is associated with important nerves and the carotid artery. In general it collects blood from the brain and helps send it back to the heart. ...Read more