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I have chronic sinusitis with chronic mucoid with ear tubes post chemo and radiation. What's a good home remedy besides saline rinses and humidifier?

I have chronic sinusitis with chronic mucoid with ear tubes post chemo and radiation. What's a good home remedy besides saline rinses and humidifier?

Sinugator: Battery operated gadget used with drug free neil med sinus packets and distilled water sends a nice pulsatile stream into the nostrils.
A step up from this old fashioned netti pot. ...Read more

Dr. Hirenkumar Italia
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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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What is an equally effective over-the-counter alternative to the nasal spray astepro used for chronic sinus infections cost is a factor.?

What is an equally effective over-the-counter alternative to the nasal spray astepro used for chronic sinus infections cost is a factor.?

Unfortunately there: Is nothing cheaper that may be as effective as Astepro intranasally speaking. There are several pills by mouth that may help but not be as effective if it has worked good for you. ...Read more

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Can chronic or reoccurring mononucleosis cause gastritis and chronic sinus infections?

Can chronic or reoccurring mononucleosis cause gastritis and chronic sinus infections?

Anything possible: But these do not sound directly connected. See a pcp and have an exam after providing a full detailed history. Hope you get better soon. Best. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take an antihistamine and a decongestant everyday to help combat chronic sinus infections?

Is it safe to take an antihistamine and a decongestant everyday to help combat chronic sinus infections?

In general, yes: Improving nasal function will decrease the incidence and severity of sinusitis. If you are allergic and congested then a combination of an antihistamine decongestant can be of help. So can intranasal steroids and other measures. If you have recurrent infections an allergy evaluation and a good ENT evaluation can be of great benefit. ...Read more

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What's a nasal valve collapse? How does it relate to my deviated septum and chronic sinus infections? Will septoplasty correct or is it separate op?

What's a nasal valve collapse? How does it relate to my deviated septum and chronic sinus infections? Will septoplasty correct or is it separate op?

Nasal valve: Nasal valve collapse contributes to nasal obstruction but is a separate issue from septal deviaton. Have your nose evaluated by a board certified otolaryngologist. ...Read more

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I am suppose to start taking prednisone for 10 days for chronic sinus infections. I'm getting a flu shot tomorrow. How long should I wait to take it?

I am suppose to start taking prednisone for 10 days for chronic sinus infections. I'm getting a flu shot tomorrow. How long should I wait to take it?

Take them now: You can safely take them both. Especially if you have had no issues with either the flu shot or prednisone. If you have bad sinusitis symptoms, use nasal treatments and saline as possible. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have chronic sinus infections with no nose/throat symptoms?

Is it possible to have chronic sinus infections with no nose/throat symptoms?

Maybe: The most common symptoms are nasal congestion and drainage. Pain is down the list a way. Loss of sense of smell is the most reliable symptom. I sometimes have seen patients who's only symptom is ear pain, and could only make the diagnosis by doing a nasal endoscopy and seeing pus dripping over the eustachian tube opening in the back of the nose. See an ENT and have a nasal endoscopy. ...Read more

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Nafld- recent lfts elevated -coming down w/lb loss, allergy chronic sinus infections, diabtes t2, chol. Bp. Can these cause im. Gran+ basos+, eosin+?

Nafld- recent lfts elevated -coming down w/lb loss, allergy chronic sinus infections, diabtes t2, chol. Bp. Can these cause im. Gran+ basos+, eosin+?

What question please: Are you asking if the white cell differential on your CBC (complete blood count) can be explained by your co-morbidities? The answer is yes, but you have not indicated the percentage of each, nor if the total WBC count is elevated. More information would be helpful in formulating a complete answer. Sounds like your nafld is in part due to diabetes and high cholesterol, but kudos on weight loss! ...Read more

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How is chronic sinusitis treated? I have had sinus infections on an off for 2 years. Can anything bad happen from this many infections? If so what?

How is chronic sinusitis treated? I have had sinus infections on an off for 2 years. Can anything bad happen from this many infections? If so what?

Treat: If you are getting bacterial sinusitis, you need at least 3 weeks of antibiotics. Try daily Neti Pot, it has shown to prevent recurrent sinus infections! ...Read more

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I'm a non-smoker with chronic sinus infections that have no environmental cause. Why am I getting black streaks in my mucus?

I'm a non-smoker with chronic sinus infections that have no environmental cause. Why am I getting black streaks in my mucus?

From the sinus inf: Consult an allergist/immunologist as well as an ENT to find out the cause. The streaks in your mucus may be from old blood from the infection and possibly from a fungal sinusitis. ...Read more

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Can allergic rhinitis coupled with sev deviated septum lead to chronic sinus infections? Should I do septoplasy before starting allergy shots?

Can allergic rhinitis coupled with sev deviated septum lead to chronic sinus infections? Should I do septoplasy before starting allergy shots?

Possible but: Nasoseptal deviation may occasionally lead to sinusitis but the more common cause is from nasal congestion leading to obstruction of sinus drainage. If the septal deviation is severe, then it is ok to go ahead with it. I usually recommend people to get a 2nd opinion before proceeding with surgery since some nasoseptal deviation is present in everyone and only the severe ones should have surgery. ...Read more

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I still have chronic sinus infections. That are not getting treated proper, what do I do? Their was a cover up after I got hurt. Now suffer bad

See below: The usual evaluation for chronic sinus infections may include:
1. Ct scan of the sinuses to see if there are anatomic abnormalities
2. Skin testing to see if there are underlying allergies
3. Scoping the nose/sinus regions to check for blockage, & culture the sinuses
4. Blood testing to check for immune disorders
treatment may include antibiotics, steroid nasal sprays, allergy shots, surgery. ...Read more

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Have chronic sinusitis caused by dev sep with 90% rs blockage, and hyper turbinates. How come my sinus infections are always on the non-blocked l-side?

Good question: This is a question that is answered in the first year of ENT residency and is a good one. The side opposite the deviation is receiving more air because it is more open. That is why the inferior turbinate on the side opposite the septal deviation is usually hypertrophic.
That is why the lateral wall of the nose on the side opposite the septal deformity tends to be swollen leading to sinusitis. ...Read more

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Hx of a "mononucleosis like virus" (titer neg), still get chronic sinus infections, weakened immune system, shingles, bact infects. Poss causes? Hiv-

Hx of a "mononucleosis like virus" (titer neg), still get chronic sinus infections, weakened immune system, shingles, bact infects. Poss causes? Hiv-

Immune deficiency: Good that HIV has been ruled out! But there are other immune-deficiency states that need to be addressed. Tell your md to refer you to a good immunologist for further work up. ...Read more

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I have chronic sinus infections & mild asthma. Recently I have occasional blood when I rinse my mouth. No cough. Not dental. Throat looks fine. Worry?

I have chronic sinus infections & mild asthma. Recently I have occasional blood when I rinse my mouth. No cough. Not dental. Throat looks fine. Worry?

Gingivitis?: You are on lots of airway maintenance drugs that can alter the ecology of your mouth. The Advair is a steroid that can also cause a shift in the bugs. Probably breathing through you mouth most of the day and night. This can dry out your gums and over react to the bacteria causing gingivitis (bleeding gums) See you dentist for treatment and suggested care. ...Read more

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I have chronic sinusitis (opacified sinuses). I started sinus rinse but have ear pain, shooting pains in my head, and vertigo after rinse. Continue?

I have chronic sinusitis (opacified sinuses). I started sinus rinse but have ear pain, shooting pains in my head, and vertigo after rinse. Continue?

No: Occasionally sinus rinses will force bacteria or fungus into other areas including the brain. They are not recommended. Gentle saline spray may help or topical steroids. The sinuses can be difficult to treat and sometimes require drainage. Ask for an ENT opinion. ...Read more

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Son has ear tubes. Fluid draining from one ear. Has sinus drainage too. Take him to doc bc of ear drainage? Worried it's ear infection.

Son has ear tubes. Fluid draining from one ear. Has sinus drainage too. Take him to doc bc of ear drainage? Worried it's ear infection.

See Doctor: Given his history of recurrent ear infections and ear tube placement I would definitely have him seen by his pediatrician for further workup and evaluation. ...Read more

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How important is septoplasty for chronic sinus and ear infections? I'm 37 yo.

How important is septoplasty for chronic sinus and ear infections? I'm 37 yo.

Not important: The septum effects breathing and in some cases can occlude areas in the nasal cavity where the sinuses drain. This latter case may contribute to chronic sinusitis- however the septum has very little influence on sinus infection and no role in ear infection. ...Read more

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Hi for several years I have had IBS symptoms and chronic sinus issues (blocked dry nose and itchy Eustachian tube. Ears and back of throat mainly), sore red throat which is sensitive to tomato based sauces and spicy foods etc. Sometimes it feels like a

Hi for several years I have had IBS symptoms and chronic sinus issues (blocked dry nose and itchy Eustachian tube. Ears and back of throat mainly), sore red throat which is sensitive to tomato based sauces and spicy foods etc. Sometimes it feels like a

Sounds allergy: Typically such problems are caused by environmental allergy like foods and inhalant allergy like dust molds pollens. Search for dr Majid Ali and bowel disease on YouTube. Also visit us at www. Ehacstl. Com how to treat the underlying cause. You do not need to suffer with IBS. I TELL my patients that when you treat the cause of IBS you can easily drop I from IBS AND you are left with...? ...Read more

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What to do about chronic sinus infections after root canal/crown. Dentist is dismissive of the problem. 2 years ago I cracked a tooth because of a deep cavity I was unaware of (that parts my responsibility) the tooth was also infected. I had a root canal

What to do about chronic sinus infections after root canal/crown. Dentist is dismissive of the problem. 2 years ago I cracked a tooth because of a deep cavity I was unaware of (that parts my responsibility) the tooth was also infected. I had a root canal

I: I would recommend getting an evaluation by a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Their training would enable them to determine if the 2 year history of sinus infections is directly related to your dental health. Obviously I am not in a position to examine you or review xrays of the teeth and sinuses, but 2 years seems a long time to have chronic sinus infections without significant oral findings other than decay. It is normal for the root tips of the upper back teeth to be close to the sinus, in fact, in many cases the roots actually protrude into the sinus. That is why these teeth can sometimes be symptomatic with sinusitis. The oms can give you an opinion as to whether the tooth should be removed or it there are other options for treatment. ...Read more

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When will my ears pop after ear and sinus infections?

When will my ears pop after ear and sinus infections?

Unpredictable: There is no way to tell. If symptoms persist, you should see an ENT for treatment. ...Read more

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I have sinus infections often. But this morning I woke up to my right ear hurting really bad and the right side of my head into my neck hurts.?

I have sinus infections often. But this morning I woke up to my right ear hurting really bad and the right side of my head into my neck hurts.?

Ear infection: Your chronic sinus infections can seed the adjacent structures such as your middle ear. You should call your doctor to get started on a course of antibiotics until you can can have a physical exam. Given your report of chronic sinusitis, you need eval by an ENT with sinus CT to implement more definitive treatment if in fact you have sinus infection and not facial pain and migraine equivalents ...Read more

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My ears keep clogging up. My doc is convinced I have sinus infections every time & gives me amoxcillian but my sympptoms get worse with the pills.?

My ears keep clogging up. My doc is convinced I have sinus infections every time & gives me amoxcillian but my sympptoms get worse with the pills.?

See below: May be having problems with swollen eustachian tubes preventing fluid from draining from middle ear. Try using a decongestant (not an antihistamine) to open up tubes. Chewing gum helps mobilize fluid. May not need antibiotics. ...Read more

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How does sinus infections affect the inner ear leading to imbalance and dizzyness?

How does sinus infections affect the inner ear leading to imbalance and dizzyness?

Interrelated: Your sinuses and ears are connected inside your head. So sinus congestion, infection and stuffiness can affect the pressure in your ears. This in turn can cause an imbalance and dizziness. If you are suffering, get to an ENT dr. ...Read more

Dr. Barbara Lavi
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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. Thomas Klein
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Sinus Pain (Definition)

Sinus pain = discomfort in cavities in the head & face. This may be due to congestion or infection of the sinuses. See this article on sinus ...Read more