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Dr. Gary Pess
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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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Would a sinus infection cause a throb in the head?

Would a sinus infection cause a throb in the head?

Yes, but...: A sinus infection can certainly cause throbbing of the head; however, many headache problems (including migraine) can also cause this symptom. ...Read more

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Might it be possible that a a sinus infection cause a stroke?

Might it be possible that a a sinus infection cause a stroke?

Unlikely: Unless the sinus infection becomes invasive and affects the vessels or erodes the skull, it cannot cause stroke. The chances of a sinus infection becoming invasive are very rare. ...Read more

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It could be possible that a sinus infection cause discomfort when breathing?

It could be possible that a sinus infection cause discomfort when breathing?

Yes: Sinusitis can inflame the nasal lining so air movement through the nose is irritating. It can also inflame the lungs causing asthma like symptoms such as chest tightness, wheezing and dyspnea. Post nasal drainage will also irritate the throat making breathing uncomfortable. ...Read more

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Can a sinus infection cause your whole head to throb? Also will it throb worse if you are doing physical activities, like lifting things?

Can a sinus infection cause your whole head to throb? Also will it throb worse if you are doing physical activities, like lifting things?

Yes but headaches: Can have other causes, such migraines and even severe problems, such as brain tumors or brain bleeds. Other symptoms of sinus infections include nasal blockage, drainage in the front of the nose or back in the throat, and altered smell. A complete medical evaluation would be recommended for persistent throbbing in the head. ...Read more

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Will a sinus infection cause anosmia?

Will a sinus infection cause anosmia?

It can: The olfactory (smell) nerve fibers are located in the upper nose in a small area. Swelling from infection can block the smell molecules from getting uo to the olfactory nerve fibers. This is usually temporary. Also, certain viruses can directly damage the olfactory nerve fibers sometimes causing permanent anosmia. ...Read more

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Can a sinus infection cause pain/burning on the top back of your head because? I had a bad sinus cold that started last tuesday. Monday I went on meds

Let your dr know: Referred pain patterns from the sinuses can go to different parts of the head / scalp. It's best to contact your doctor and let them know what you're experiencing. They may need to give you something that will help you feel better, plus document your symptoms. Hope you feel better soon! ...Read more

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Does a sinus infection cause shortness of breath and what should I do?

Does a sinus infection cause shortness of breath and what should I do?

No.: An infection limited to your sinuses should not cause shortness of breath. You may have trouble breathing through your nose, but you should be able to breathe normally through your mouth. If you have shortness of breath, the infection may have spread to your lungs and causes pneumonia. Shortness of breath needs immediate evaluation. Go to the ER. ...Read more

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Can a sinus infection cause blood in mucus?

Can a sinus infection cause blood in mucus?

Absolutely.: This is not an uncommon finding. If your symptoms persist you should be evaluated as you may need antibiotic treatment as well as decongestants and antihistamines. ...Read more

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Can a sinus infection cause facial numbness?

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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How often does a sinus infection cause labyrinthitis?

How often does a sinus infection cause labyrinthitis?

Sinusitis: An infection in the nasopharynx can certainly spread to the middle ear for otitis media and ultimately labyrinthitis. It will likely respond to the same treatment prescribed for the sinusitis. You may need symptom relief for the dizzyness until the infection resolves. ...Read more

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Can a sinus infection cause you to get cold sores and dizzyness and feel hot then cold?

Can a sinus infection cause you to get cold sores and dizzyness and feel hot then cold?

Yes and no: You generally get cold sores when your immune system is down. A sinus infection can tax your immune system, . So they are an indirect cause. ...Read more

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Does a sinus infection cause someone to feel as if their body is swaying like on a boat but they are sitting still?

Does a sinus infection cause someone to feel as if their body is swaying like on a boat but they are sitting still?

Sinus pressure: Yes, you can certainly feel lightheaded and dizzy with sinus infection. It is the pressure of the fluid in your sinus cavities that make you feel this way. Sometimes, antihistamines i.e. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) may help this. They will make you tired. You could also try pseudophed. This will raise your blood pressure and will keep you awake. ...Read more

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Could a sinus infection cause balance problems?

Could a sinus infection cause balance problems?

Yes: A condition called vertigo can follow a viral illness and cause transient balance problems/ dizziness that resolves over time. ...Read more

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Can a sinus infection cause you to have ringing in ears?

Can a sinus infection cause you to have ringing in ears?

Yes: Ringing in your ears from any kind of nasal issue is usually from having congestion in your nose. This can then lead to eustachian tube dysfunction which can be associated with ringing. There are certainly many other causes of ringing which may need to be explored depending on your age and other health problems. ...Read more

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Will a sinus infection cause dizziness and lightheaded feeling?

Will a sinus infection cause dizziness and lightheaded feeling?

Possible: If the sinus infection extends into the labyrinthine portion of the middle ear it can create vertigo. What you are describing, however, sounds like benign positional hypotension. ...Read more

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Can a sinus infection cause fatigue and chest pains?

Can a sinus infection cause fatigue and chest pains?

Sinusitis & Fatigue: Anytime your body is fighting an infection, it takes its toll and causes fatigue. Sinusitis can certainly drain you of all your energy. You need it properly treated by a doctor, rest and hydrate. The chest pain may be due to general inflammation and costochondritis, especially if you have been coughing or forcefully blowing your nose. NSAIDS like Advil (ibuprofen) and Motrin will help with that. ...Read more

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Can a sinus infection cause mouth and teeth pains?

Yes: Due to the proximity of your sinus to your top back teeth, you may experience some tooth pain with a sinus infection. If your pain does not resolve with your infection you should see a dentist to be sure. Best of luck ...Read more

Dr. Hirenkumar Italia
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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. Sheila Smith
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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