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Dr. Hamid Sajjadi
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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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Is it possible to have a sinus infection without nasal congestion or runny nose?

Is it possible to have a sinus infection without nasal congestion or runny nose?

Yes: A sinus infection occurs when bacteria (most commonly) grow and create pain/pressure in one of the sinuses. Many times, one of the ostia, the openings from the sinus into the nasal passages get plugged up for various reasons without typical sinsus symptoms. Recently had a patient with severe sinusitis whose only symptom was a bad cough. Otherwise felt fine. Read more

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Not congested, can smell still but can't really taste anything. I'm not sick. Can this be related to sinus infection without congestion?

Not congested, can smell still but can't really taste anything. I'm not sick. Can this be related to sinus infection without congestion?

Loss of taste: You are describing loss of taste only, not smell. Usually, a sinus infection comes with congestion, nasal discharge, postnasal drip, and loss of smell. Then, taste is secondarily affected. You have to get evaluated by your doctor and probably an ENT to look into your loss of taste. Read more

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Can forced air heat cause you to have a sinus infection or constant congestion?

Can forced air heat cause you to have a sinus infection or constant congestion?

Yes: It's usually the dust and particles in the air (dander, pollen, etc) that contributes to congestion and sinus problems. Read more

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Do people ever get a sinus infection without nose congestion?

Do people ever get a sinus infection without nose congestion?

Sinus infection: Not typically. You can, but it would be unusual. The symptoms we look for include nasal congestion, nasal discharge which is usually white, yellow, green or some other color of the rainbow. The face can hurt or there is a lot of pressure in the face (usually the forehead or cheeks). The teeth can hurt and you can develop a headache. Many people will complain of fatigue/feeling run down/fever. Read more

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Can you have a sinus infection with out congestion and drainage of fever?

Not usually: Sinus inflammation or infection always starts in the nose and is usually referred to as rhino-sinusitis. It is not necessarily associated with fever, but is usually associated with nasal congestion. Except for cystic fibrosis, sinusitis, always begins in the lateral wall of the nose. Therefore, certainly in acute sinusitis, usually in chronic sinusitis, the nasal passages are usually congested. Read more

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What can I do about the congestion that remains after sinus infection?

Decongestants: Behind-the-counter pseudo Ephedrine can help, if it doesn't make you jittery or keep you up at night. Nasal steroid sprays work the best; if this is a recurrent problem, your doctor can prescribe a one-month supply each time you take an antibiotic. If you get more than two sinus infections per year, see an allergist to find out what can be done to keep them from coming back. Read more

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Sinus infection no congestion or cough?

Sinus infection no congestion or cough?

Neti pot: Consider using a neti pot. You can also add a drop or two of sski or lugol's to the salt water. Too much iodine can make it sting. Rinse sinuses twice daily or more if needed. Read more

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What is the difference between sinus infection and just sinus congestion?

What is the difference between sinus infection and just sinus congestion?

Infection or not: Sinus infection is when an organism colonizes the linings of your sinuses and lives there causing symptoms including pain and secretions. Congestion occurs as a reaction of the sinus lining to a variety of agents and irritants and fills up with secretions. It can lead to infection, but responds to irrigation and decongestants. They can occur simultaneously. 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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Is Prednisone ok to take for sever congestion relief from a sinus infection?

Is Prednisone ok to take for sever congestion relief from a sinus infection?

Yes: If the prednisone is being administered by your doctor and he is monitoring the dosage and response than the prednisone may be helpful for inflammation. But do not take it without a physician's consent and monitoring as steroids (prednisone) can be harmful if not used appropriately. Read more

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Am getting chest pain. I have sinus infection without any congestion and UTI.

Dr. James Lin Dr. Lin
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Am getting chest pain. I have sinus infection without any congestion and UTI.

Here are some...: While encountering the occurrence of something new or uncertain, seek evaluation timely & correctly. How to get these done? Follow suggestions in articles listed in http://formefirst. Com/onDealSickness. Html & http://formefirst. Com/onLifeBasics. Html. Thereby you gain insight on how to work well with the doctors so reach right diagnosis and right care. Best wish to. .. Read more

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What is causing me to be anxious? I am feeling very nervous anytime I hear more than one voice I start getting nervous but this only happens when I am very sick with upper resp. Stuff like sinus infection and chest congestion could you tell me what is wro

What is causing me to be anxious? I am feeling very nervous anytime I hear more than one voice I start getting nervous but this only happens when I am very sick with upper resp. Stuff like sinus infection and chest congestion could you tell me what is wro

You: You described feeling nervous when you are sick and hear more than one person's voice (assuming that these are external voices). The threshold for being bothered by external stimuli such as noise, light, temperature or odors may lessen when you are ill. Recommend that when you are this ill, that you nuture yourself by ensuring that you are in an environment that has tolerable temperature, light and noise levels. Read more

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I have post nasal drip but no nose congestion. How should I treat it? I think I might be getting a sinus infection.

I have post nasal drip but no nose congestion. How should I treat it? I think I might be getting a sinus infection.

Possible Sinusitis: The diagnosis of a bacterial sinus infection can be be quite difficult. Most causes of post nasal drip will not require antibiotics. Certainly facial pain and postnasal drip are important signs and can make you feel miserable.
Your doctor will need to get more details such as duration and other underlying conditions such as a cold or allergies. I hope your hypothyroidism is under control. Read more

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Can tension headaches cause sinus pain and congestion? Went to dr and have no sinus infection. Sinus congestion is always worse when I'm tense

Can tension headaches cause sinus pain and congestion? Went to dr and have no sinus infection. Sinus congestion is always worse when I'm tense

Consider seeing: An ENT doctor. He/she specializes in this combo of sinus pain and headache. Your doc can make a referral. There is a natural nasal spray called XLEAR that may be useful also. Peace and good health. Some folks prefer the use of a neti pot to cleanse nasal passages. Read more

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I was prescribed omnicef (cefdinir) for a sinus infection but I am still experiencing congestion. Can I take phenylephrine or pseudoephedrine to help?

I was prescribed omnicef (cefdinir) for a sinus infection but I am still experiencing congestion. Can I take phenylephrine or pseudoephedrine to help?

Sinusitis symptoms: Decongestants such as phenylephrine and pseudoephedrine can be used in combination with antibiotics to help relieve nasal congestion that is frequently still present in the beginning of treatment. Products that contain guaifenesin are especially helpful as they help thin secretions and promote drainage. Read more

Dr. Michael Gabor
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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. William Singer
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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