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Lots of post nasal drip for 2 months/mild facial swelling. Could be a sinus infection. Any solutions?

Lots of post nasal drip for 2 months/mild facial swelling. Could be a sinus infection. Any solutions?

A few things..: You can try a neti pot- rinsing out your sinuses can be very helpful. You may also try a short course of oral decongestants or an antihistamine with a decongestant in it (like Claritin-D). You could also benefit from a prescription nasal steroid- you may have chronic allergies causing your symptoms. Humidified air may help with the facial/sinus swelling. ...Read more

Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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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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I have symptoms of sinusitis with mild facial swelling. A year ago, I had a root canal on the same side on the upper molar number two with a crown placed. That tooth is tender now. What could be the cause of swelling, tooth or sinus? I am not sure whom to

I have symptoms of sinusitis with mild facial swelling. A year ago, I had a root canal on the same side on the upper molar number two with a crown placed. That tooth is tender now. What could be the cause of swelling, tooth or sinus? I am not sure whom to

Dentist First: From you history, I would start with the root canal tooth, then work from there. It is possible, given your timeline, that the root canal possibly failed, and the infection recurred. If so, treatment is necessary and may allow you to still save the tooth. It is possible it's a sinus infection, but my first guess would be the rct tooth. You want a "pa x-ray", digital if possible, or ct scan. ...Read more

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Can a sinus infection cause red spots on tonsil? I have 2 red spots on left tonsil, no sore throat or swelling, just feels like a sinus infection.

Can a sinus infection cause red spots on tonsil? I have 2 red spots on left tonsil, no sore throat or swelling, just feels like a sinus infection.

Probable viral infec: Respiratory virus can cause various symptoms, combined with allergies. Usually swollen red painful tonsils are reason for seeing doctor ...Read more

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How to face swelling due to sinus infection?

How to face swelling due to sinus infection?

Antibiotics: You should be on antibiotics and an ENT specialist should advise you on the need for any surgery. ...Read more

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My 6 year old says the left side of his face hurts. He doesn't have a toothache or sinus infection or any swelling. Should we take him to the ER?

My 6 year old says the left side of his face hurts. He doesn't have a toothache or sinus infection or any swelling. Should we take him to the ER?

Not really: His six year old first molar are coming in
Just put some over the counter anesthetic behind his last tooth it will make him feel better. ...Read more

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Suffering from chronic dizziness, heavy head, face swelling when subjected to cold air or cold drink, doctors mentioned no sinus infection observed?

Suffering from chronic dizziness, heavy head, face swelling when subjected to cold air or cold drink, doctors mentioned no sinus infection observed?

See an ENT doctor: And possibly a neurologist. There has to be a reason for these symptoms and this should be diagnosed effectively by experts in this area. ...Read more

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Can sinus infection that has moved to hurting above eyes cause swelling in one or both arms?

Can sinus infection that has moved to hurting above eyes cause swelling in one or both arms?

Sinus infection: Sinus infections are isolated to the head and neck they never involve the lower extremities unless there is a massive infection that involves the veins that drain the head and neck. In these cases the whole head and neck are swollen as the infection extends to the brachio-cephalic veins that drain into the superior vena cava near the heart. There would be other signs and symptoms. ...Read more

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Feel like I'm getting a sinus infection face, head hurt, nose is swollen on left side, lip is swollen, face feels hot and puffy n sore? What can I do?

Allergy/infection: You are describing symptoms that could be due to allergy or to a sinus infection. Taking an anti-histamine like Claritin, (loratadine) Allegra or Zyrtec (not all 3) will help allergy a lot, and maybe help sinus infection a little. If you have a fever, chills and/or sweats then sinus infection is more likely. If symptoms don't clear up with an anti-histamine, then you should see a doctor. ...Read more

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Possible sinus infection, right ear feels clogged & r. side of face puffy & numb. Have been rinsing sinuses for a few days but no good. Yellow mucus.

Possible sinus infection, right ear feels clogged & r. side of face puffy & numb. Have been rinsing sinuses for a few days but no good. Yellow mucus.

Examination: If your face is puffy, you should see the doctor for an examination. If you have tenderness (hurts when you tap your cheek bone) or fever with this, you may benefit from antibiotics. If it's just fullness and sense of "clogged up" then decongestants like pseudoephedrine and pain reliever like ibuprofen are the usual best treatment. ...Read more

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Can a sinus infection make ur eyelid swell if so how long does it take for swelling to go down?

Can a sinus infection make ur eyelid swell if so how long does it take for swelling to go down?

See doc tomorrow AM.: It sounds like your sinus infection has spread to your eye area. This is a known possible complication of sinus infections known as preseptal cellulitis. Are you currently being treated with an antibiotic? Did the swelling start while you were on the antibiotic? You will definitely need to either start antibiotics or change. If you are having eye pain, you need to go to er tonight. ...Read more

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Ear canal swelling due to sinus infection. How do I get it to go down?

Let a doc look: The external ear canal shouldn't swell with a sinus infection. The little eustachian tube could get plugged with mucous, but you couldn't tell by looking--it's internal. ...Read more

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Taking amoxicillin for a sinus infection & a couple days after I noticed swelling, itching, & discharge in my vagina. Now my symptoms seem milder.?

Taking amoxicillin for a sinus infection & a couple days after I noticed swelling, itching, & discharge in my vagina. Now my symptoms seem milder.?

Yeast infection: Unfortunately, antibiotics like amoxicillin not only kill the bacteria that in your case caused the sinus infection, but also the lactobacillae present in the vagina. That in turn promoted the growth of candida, I suspect, and you ended up with a yeast infection. If your vaginal symptoms are ceasing, your lactobacilli may be recovering. ...Read more

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Slight swelling of upper jaw under eye sinus infection and tooth abcess taking Clindmaycin it's not very big been like that since last night?

Antibiotics: Antibiotics don't cure dental infections. They limit spread of infection and/or reduce severity. To "cure" a dental infection the diseased tooth material must be eliminated (root canal or extraction). Call your Dentist. ...Read more

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Can sinusitis cause painless facial swelling too?

Can sinusitis cause painless facial swelling too?

Unlikely: If sinusitis is the cause, this would be a very serious complication which would make you quite ill. Your swelling is more likely from angioedema (swelling in the subcutaneous tissue). I don't know how long you have had it but if the problem has just started a few days ago. antihistamine may help. If the problem persists for more than 2 wks, see an allergist. ...Read more

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Does sinusitis cause facial swelling on one side and red upper eyelid?

Does sinusitis cause facial swelling on one side and red upper eyelid?

Orbital infection: Yes, a sinus infection can cause eye swelling and redness. But usually it's because the infection is spreading to the tissues around the eye. This is considered one of the more serious complications of sinusitis. You should be seen and evaluated soon to get proper treatment for your condition. Wishing you the best. ...Read more

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Can a sinus infection cause facial numbness?

Potentially: Swelling within the sinus could potentially impact the infraorbital nerve, causing numbness in the cheek area. If it persisted after treatment of the sinus infection, you should be evaluated by your doctor to rule-out any other pathology. ...Read more

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Can a sinus infection cause teeth pain in both upper & bottom of right side if face?

Can a sinus infection cause teeth pain in both upper & bottom of right side if face?

It's possible: There's only 2 layers of cells between your upper root tips and the inside of your maxillary sinus. If sinus inflamed, can feel like toothache. Can have referred pain to lower teeth, although less common. Sit dow, bend over and put you head between your knees. If pain increases it's sinus, see an ent. If pain doesn't change it's dental, see a dentist. ...Read more

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Can having a sinus infection cause sensitivity to sound, and pain in the face, head, ears, and neck?

Can having a sinus infection cause sensitivity to sound, and pain in the face, head, ears, and neck?

Probably: If you have nasal congestion that preceded the symptoms you listed, I believe the answer is yes in your case. ...Read more

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Does sinus infection cause numbness on half of your face?

Does sinus infection cause numbness on half of your face?

Not typically: Sinus infection usually causes facial pain an discomfort, nevertheless other sinus disease can cause facial numbness، thus recommend evaluation by otolaryngologist for nasal/ sinus endoscopy and or ct scan sinuses. ...Read more

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Would the face swell in response to a sinus infection?

Would the face swell in response to a sinus infection?

Yes,: There can be swelling, tenderness, redness ; pain over an infected sinus. ...Read more

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Sinus pain in left side of face 2 weeks after a sinus infection. Over the infection what's the cause? This is also the 2nd infection in 2 months

Sinus pain in left side of face 2 weeks after a sinus infection. Over the infection what's the cause? This is also the 2nd infection in 2 months

Recurrent sinusitis: If pain continues to be there after two weeks you may need an antibiotic course. Take Ibuprofen if no allergies or pregnant, increase fluid intake and see a physician. ...Read more

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Could a chronic sinus infection (few months) cause my cheeks (under cheek bone both sides of face) to start sinking in? I'm scared infection is reason

Highly unlikely: It is more likely to have facial swelling with a sinusitis. There is an uncommon condition, silent sinus syndrome where the cheek or maxillary sinus is obstructed and fails to develop or gets smaller. If that happens the eye socket enlarges as the sinus roof drops and the front wall may collapse in with loss of mid face volume. However I have never seen it both sides. Ct of the sinuses will show. ...Read more

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I suffer from facial swelling esp in my cheeks and under my eyes presumably due to sinusitis. The swelling has not gone down?

I suffer from facial swelling esp in my cheeks and under my eyes presumably due to sinusitis. The swelling has not gone down?

Inflammation: It would be unusual to have both sides of the face swell from sinusitis. If there is associated redness, you must get checked for cellulitis which is a serious problem in the malar areas of the face due to proximity to the brain. ...Read more

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I feel like I have sinusitis. I have facial pain, swelling, congestion, for more than a year. When does facial swelling go down after meds?

I feel like I have sinusitis. I have facial pain, swelling, congestion, for more than a year. When does facial swelling go down after meds?

Allergies?: If you have had these symptoms for a year, it's likely not an infection but more likely an allergy. Sometimes people with allergies have nasal polyps which can cause constant congestion. See your doctor, you may need referral to an ENT or Allergist. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can sinusitis really ause facial swelling into cheeks around jaw and neck?

Can sinusitis really ause facial swelling into cheeks around jaw and neck?

Absolutely: Serious sinusitis, called acute bacterial sinusitis, can definitely cause local facial swelling around the eyes. This definitely requires abx, unlike many attacks of common 'sinusitis.'
But here are other infections that can swell these areas:
tooth infections, salivary glands, soft tissue from bites/skin conditions, swollen lymph nodes. Majority facial swelling (50%) is dental source. ...Read more

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Just a sinus infection? 3 nights of 103-104 fever plus SEVERE headache, sweats, face/head swelling, sinus pain/pressure (no congestion), body aches.

Just a sinus infection? 3 nights of 103-104 fever plus SEVERE headache, sweats, face/head swelling, sinus pain/pressure (no congestion), body aches.

Get evaluated: Fevers above 102 are serious, go to ER or your doctor for evaluation. You should have blood work, imaging, possible spinal tap and treatments. Take family with you to assist with communication and support. Be well. ...Read more

Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


Dr. Lynne Weixel
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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