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Allergies or a sinus infection, what's the difference?

Allergies or a sinus infection, what's the difference?

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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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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How to know if I have sinus allergies or a sinus infection?

How to know if I have sinus allergies or a sinus infection?

Symptoms: Allergy sneezing, runny nose, clear drainage watery eyes itchy eyes and nose no fever.

Sinus infection tender sinus especially if in the maxilla (cheek) or frontal in the forehead, thicker drainage possible fever possible thick sputum of color with cough ...Read more

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I have allergies or a sinus infection, what do you recommend?

I have allergies or a sinus infection, what do you recommend?

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

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How do I tell the difference between an allergy and a sinus infection?

How do I tell the difference between an allergy and a sinus infection?

Tough to determine: On symptoms alone, but bacterial sinusitis is way overdiagnosed and some studies suggest that antibiotics don't hasten resolution that much anyway. If you've got to know, a sinus ct is as definitive as it gets. ...Read more

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What can you do to tell the difference between a sinus infection and allergies?

What can you do to tell the difference between a sinus infection and allergies?

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

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How can you tell if you have a cold, a sinus infection or allergies?

How can you tell if you have a cold, a sinus infection or allergies?

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

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How can you tell if you have a sinus infection or just bad allergies?

How can you tell if you have a sinus infection or just bad allergies?

Not easy: 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

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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

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Will ginger root help with dizziness from sinus infection or allergies?

Will ginger root help with dizziness from sinus infection or allergies?

Possibly: 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

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What to do if I have head cold, sinus infection, allergies or combination?

What to do if I have head cold, sinus infection, allergies or combination?

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

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How can you tell the difference between the common cold, allergies or sinus infection in a four year old?

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

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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?

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

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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?

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

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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?

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

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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?!

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

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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

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Dr. Shari Jackson
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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. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

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