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Dr. Colin Kerr
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Can sinus infection cause a strange smell in the nose?

Can sinus infection cause a strange smell in the nose?

Sinus inf & smell: Sinus infections can definitely alter your sense of smell. First of all, with the thickening of the mucous membranes and the presence of extra thick mucous, your smell receptors in the nose don't work as well; and (2) if bacteria are present along with purulent drainage, the germs in this carry their own rather unpleasant odor. Sinus infections can also be a cause of bad breath. ...Read more

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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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1). Can sinus infection cause a strange or bad smell in the nose. 2). What is the treatment?

1). Can sinus infection cause a strange or bad smell in the nose. 2). What is the treatment?

Sinus smell: When smell occurs, ussually a sign of infection. May need antibiotics, see doc soon. ...Read more

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Dr. Edwin Ishoo
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Can a sinus infection cause a foul smell in one side of the nose?

Sinus infection: yes it can. You may try saline lovage for nasal toile ting. As your infection resolves, the odor will diminish as well. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Koos
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Hi i asked about a rotten egg smell in my nose and strong taste in my mouth. Turns out its not a sinus infection. What could be causing this?

Hi i asked about a rotten egg smell in my nose and strong taste in my mouth. Turns out its not a sinus infection. What could be causing this?

Infected Tooth: Abscessed maxillary (upper) posterior tooth perhaps. Were any diagnostic films taken and were you given any recommendations or an rx at all? ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Jaindl
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Does a foul smell in your nose go along with a sinus infection?

Yes it could...: It could also indicate a foreign body in the nose, infection in the adenoids, or polyps, fungus and tumors. Should be checked by your md or do. ...Read more

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Dr. Paul Grin
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Have had sinus infection for 3 weeks or so, everything feels better, but when I bend over and breath through my nose, there's this weird mold smell??

Have had sinus infection for 3 weeks or so, everything feels better, but when I bend over and breath through my nose, there's this weird mold smell??

Subacute sinusitis: The inflammation lasting 4 to 8 weeks.If you need to see a specialist, a skillful primary care physician will refer you to one with whom they have a collaborative relationship. Take care. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Knox
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Had a sinus infection for a week. Sinuses hurt but i can breath through my nose now. Still can't taste or smell anything though. Will they return?

Had a sinus infection for a week. Sinuses hurt but i can breath through my nose now.  Still can't taste or smell anything though. Will they return?

Smell Gone - Back?: The sense of smell often worsens after anything that causes stuffy nose -- a head cold, allergy flare up, or a severe irritant like smoke ingestion. The sense of smell should improve when your nose returns to baseline congestion. If it has not, suspect a viral infection such as influenza or parainfluenza. Go see an ENT to have your nose examined and get treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Martin Raff
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Dr. Joseph Campanelli
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When can a simple sinus infection become something worse? Took bactrim for 7 days, now excruciating headaches and awful smell in my nose.

When can a simple sinus infection become something worse?  Took bactrim for 7 days, now excruciating headaches and awful smell in my nose.

Smell concerning: The symptoms you describe are almost always the sign of something serious, especially after just completing a course of antibiotics. Consult an ENT for a thorough evaluation. ...Read more

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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


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