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Can Allergies Turn Into A Sinus Infection
That is a million: Dollar question! In theory - allergies are cause by environmental triggers and cause inflammation. A sinus infection is caused by a bug - virus, fungus or bacteria. Many sinus sufferers have allergies - but not all. Some chronic sinusitis is caused by very narrow anatomy in sinus cavities. Careers have been made trying to answer these questions effectively in a given person ...Read more
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
Sinusitis: Most sinus infections are viral and should be treated with over the counter decongestants and sinus rinses. If you have sinus pressure, thick nasal discharge, +/- fever for longer than 10 days, I recommend seeing a healthcare provider. If your resistance is low or you have recurrent sinus infections, you may have contracted a bacterial infection as well requiring antibiotics. ...Read more
Rhinosinusitis: By saying allergies I suppose you refer to allergic rhinitis when you have seasonal sneezing spells, watery and itchy eyes and nose. Sinusitis and rhinitis are usually go together due to their anatomical proximity and they share the same mucus membrane lining. Sinusitis tends to cause more headache, sense of heaviness and fullness and sometimes affecting your sense of smells. ...Read more
Unlikely: One does not lead to another.Get a more detailed answer ›
Not easy: A cold is a runny nose and is caused by a rhino-virus. Occasionally chills and fever accompany this. Allergy may present with a runny nose, but is frequently accompanied by watery, itchy eyes and frequent sneezing. Sinusitis, is a more serious infection which can be caused by both a cold and allergy but is usually associated with pain and pressure in the face, headache and purulent nasal mucus. ...Read more
Since both may be associated with nasal congestion. Sinus infection however usually involves one side and may be associated with headaches, lightheadedness, and dark green nasal discharge from the involved side. Allergy usually involves both sides of the nose and may be associated with yellow but not dark green discharge.
Itchy eyes is present point to allergy. ...Read more
Please tell me how long do I take medicine for a sinus infection and can I take it along with 24 hour allergy pill?
If you have actual: Sinus infection then you would usually be prescribed antibiotics and would take the complete course of medication. ...Read more
Dizziness is a common symptom & often it's hard to find the cause. Neither sinus infections or allergies are common causes of dizziness:
http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/dizziness/basics/causes/con-20023004
Ginger has been shown to help with dizziness from motion sickness.It may or may not help for other causes but is safe to try.
Try to find cause. Acupuncture & homeopathy may help. ...Read more
Supportive Care: Most over the counter cold remedies have medications that should help with all these symptoms. If you have known allergies or highly suspect them, it would help if you can identify where you are getting exposed. Stay well hydrated. Most of these are self- limiting conditions and you should feel better once they run their course. ...Read more
How can you tell the difference between the common cold, allergies or sinus infection in a four year old?
Sometimes hard as...: ...They can share some qualities, so it is important to see your doctor. Allergies are associated with sneezing, clear stringy nasal discharge and watery eyes; sinus infections may have fever, purulent nasal discharge and facial pain, with a cough usually worse at night and early morning, and symptoms lasting more than 1 week. A cold may have a fever as well and usually resolves in a week or less. ...Read more
I thought my sinus congestion was allergies but it hasn't gone away. It's been almost a week now, could it be a sinus infection?
Possibly: Keep in mind that allergies, particularly during peak periods like April-June, can linger far beyond a week's time. A sinus infection is usually considered after two weeks, and only if there is significant nasal drainage, occasionally fever, but also facial pressure/pain, post-nasal drip and fatigue. Otherwise, if you have known allergies, they are likely the culprit. ...Read more
Hi I'm currently taking 150 mgs of methadone daily. Is it ok to take loratadine also my dr gave it to me for my allergies and sinus infection?
No problem: There is no problem with these two drugs together. ...Read more
I think I may have a sinus infection I currently take cyproheptadine for my seasonal allergies... Will this same medication work for a sinus infection?
No: Cyproheptadine is an older and very sedating antihistamine. It is safe in pregnancy and is used to treat "cold induced" hives. There are many other (better) choices for allergies. That being said, it is very drying and could prolong your sinus infection. I would suggest you consider either doing nasal saline irrigations, add a mucous thinning agent, or take a decongestant instead. ...Read more
Possibly: Depending on the severity of the infection ...Read more
I have terrible seasonal allergies that always end up turning into a sinus infection. One doc said I have chronic sinusitus. What do you suggest I do?
See an allergist: It is easier for bacteria to grow in sinuses that are inflamed due to allergies. After identifying your specific allergens with skin testing, your allergist can counsel you as to how to avoid the allergens you can, and treat you for the inflammation that results from the ones you can't avoid. Nasal steroid sprays work the best to control this inflammation and, hopefully, decrease infections. ...Read more
I've had a nose problem for 3 1/2weeks now. I thought it was allergy, no allergy pills helped! I think it may be a sinus infection. What should I do?!
Difficult to tell: In order to help you, you need to be more specific what exactly is your "nose" problem. Is it painful, draining, bleeding, congested, etc. A sinus infection is a nasal and sinus bacterial infection with facial pain/pressure, low grade temperatures, thick discharge, thick post-nasal drip, and can include bad breath and a cough. In your case, you need to see a doctor to sort this out. ...Read more
Does resting when mildly ill shorten the illness? (conversely, does working extend the time with symptoms)? It seems I can always force myself to work when I have allergy symptoms, head cold, sinus infection, etc. But does it pay?
No - go to work!: Seriously, you need to define a difference between not feeling well and being "sick". Mild viral illnesses come and go but a serious infection (pneumonia or kidney for example) requires rest. Ask yourself if you would want to have lunch with yourself when sick, that is a good litmus test. More important, you do need rest regularly (sleep 7-8 hours) to prevent illness. ...Read more
ER says allergy, not sinus infection. Gave steroids, Flonase, and anti-his. If they are wrong, and it IS infection, will the steroids make it worse?
Likely not: It will take large doses of steroid for months to affect the immune system. On the other hand, I am not in favor of giving oral steroid for nasal allergies. ...Read more
When I blink my eye it gets blurry sometimes, can allergies cause this bc I have a sinus infection. And it hurts to press on my right eye?
See eye doctor: There are many things that can cause blurry vision. You need an eye exam by an eye doctor to sort this out. Sinus infections can cause some discomfort around the eyes but again you need to see a doctor to sort this out. Eye pain and blurry vision can be signs of a serious problem so please get an eye exam as soon as possible. ...Read more
Allergies: Yes allergies and /or sinus infections can cause achiness, neck and ear pain. ...Read more
My doctor gave me cephalexin for sinus infection and montelukast for allergies? Is that good? Will work?
Week after cold/sinus infection my mucus from nose is clear but stained yellow is this pollen allergies now or sinus infection still?
Either: About 10% of the people with a cold end up with a bacterial sinus infection. However it is not always easy to tell. Suggest that you consult your doctor. ...Read more
I had pink eye from a sinus infection about a month ago, and today I noticed my vision as blurry in that same eye, I have realized that it has been blurry since being sick, but thought it was just tired eyes, or because of allergies. Now I realize my visi
Ophthalmologist: Evaluation ASAP please, kind of urgent, need to make sure your eye and eye muscles are fine before treating your sinuses ...Read more
Had allergies first then turn into cough then bad sinus infection, then pink eye in both eyes. Left side of thoat almost swell shut and painful.
Consult your Doctor: I think it is about time you consult your doctor as you seem to have eye infection, sinus infection and throat infection possibly along with allergies. It needs to be evaluated by your physician and get appropriate therapy. Do not smoke. ...Read more
Can clear, sticky mucus in nose be sinus infection? Had septo/turbinectomy 4mths ago. Got a "cold" w/yellow mucus. Now nose stuffy & clear. No allergys
My son is 9 years old has a history of sinusitis and allergies he has been up for 24 hours with sneezing and runny nose, could it be a sinus infection?
Not Benadryl (diphenhydramine): There are far better AND SAFER antihistamines which will not make him dopey. Claratin, Allegra, and Zyrtec are less expensive if you look for the generics. OTC NASACORT (triamcinolone) is more effective, can be used with antihistamine or by itself. Antibiotics are not appropriate unless there is fever and pain. ...Read more
The last couple of months, I've had post nasal drip, where it's been dripping down to my throat. Is this allergies or a sinus infection?
Either or both: A more detailed history and response to specific treatments can provide clues. A test for allergies can help but doesn't rule out a sinus infection or non allergic causes. CT scan of the sinuses is sometimes ordered but carries the risk of radiation. I hope you get some relief. ...Read more
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
Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more
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