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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

Dr. James Lin
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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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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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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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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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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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I have a stuffy nose with an ammonia like smell. Does this suggest that I may have a sinus infection?

I have a stuffy nose with an ammonia like smell. Does this suggest that I may have a sinus infection?

See your doctor: A foul smell associated with sinusitis symptoms such as nasal congestion, facial headaches and yellow or green secretions can suggest a difficult-to-treat infection; this typically requires certain types of antibiotics. Once you begin to notice a foul odor, you need to see your physician; don't just hope that it'll "go away.". ...Read more

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I have a sinus infection that drains pure infection and it drops out of both sides. It's so bad that I can smell it in my nose and it's green and burn?

I have a sinus infection that drains pure infection and it drops out of both sides. It's so bad that I can smell it in my nose and it's green and burn?

See an ENT: Go see a doctor soon, preferably an ent, but your family doctor should be ok. Do not wait. Sinus infections can produce very severe complications if not appropriately managed. ...Read more

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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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I think I have a sinus infection. I have thick dark yellow mucus from one side of my nose that smells and tastes disgusting. Can't afford to go to doc?

Sinus infection?: If you are not feeling too poorly, you may find that using saline rinses will help reduce and thin the mucus. Mucinex (guaifenesin) may be helpful as well. Ask your pharmacist. These will not cure a sinus infection, however. If you are experiencing headache/ facial pain, fever, body aches & pains then you will do best to see a doctor. ...Read more

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Since august 22 2015 nose has been dry can smell somethings cant feel air but can breathe feels clogged doc did xray no sinus infection what can it be?

Check drug side effec: You may not have sinus infection but sinus allergies or rhinitis can cause similar symptoms, for which a quick check would be needed. Also, some of the medications listed may be contributing to dryness in your nasal passages. Have your doctor carefully all medications for their need of continuation and dose adjustment. ...Read more

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Musky smell in nose for months after a sinus infection. CT scan came back clear. Dr has no answer for the smell. Its a constant odor affecting smell.

Musky smell in nose for months after a sinus infection. CT scan came back clear. Dr has no answer for the smell. Its a constant odor affecting smell.

MayHaveToTakeALook: Absolutely weird things aside (like something wrong with the nerve for smell, or some kind of foreign body stuck up there, like tissue, cotton, or an alien implant)--then maybe there's what I call "shmutz" up there left over from the infection (the sinuses are notorious for not draining properly).You'd need a Smutzogram. But they are not available on this planet. Try a Neti Pot. Next, nasal endoscopy. ...Read more

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Having phantom smells or sensitivity to smells with numbness/tingling on head. I think I have a mild sinus infection and have been stressed out a lot?

Having phantom smells or sensitivity to smells with numbness/tingling on head. I think I have a mild sinus infection and have been stressed out a lot?

Hmmm...: Actually, sinus infection, if anything should give you a reduction in smell acuity. I've not heard that it causes paradoxical hyperosmia. But what can do that is an irritative stimulus in a place known as the "olfactory groove". which is just above the cribriform plate in the head. What kinds of smells you'e been having? If your new found talent persists I'd have a neurologist look first before EN ...Read more

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Can sinus infection cause bad smell?

Definitely: Yes a sinus infection can definitely cause a bad smell in the nose. Some will describe it as a sweaty sock smell. ...Read more

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Did nose piercing cause sinus infection?

Nasal piercing: Hello, it is unlikely that the act of nasal piercing caused a sinus infection. Unless your piercing tract has been giving you trouble with infection, it probably has little association with your sinus troubles. ...Read more

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Why does my sinus infection smell like rotting flesh.? What causes this? Alcohol or smoking a combination or is it mold.

Anaerobes: Sinus infections can be related to anaerobic bacteria which are organisms that grow only in the absence of oxygen. Often, the purulent material from anaerobic infections is foul smelling ...Read more

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Can blowing your nose hard cause a sinus infection?

Can blowing your nose hard cause a sinus infection?

Not likely: Nose blowing seeks to push mucus out of the sinuses, not drag bad air into them. ...Read more

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I have what I assume to be a cold sore next to my nose. Does this mean that I have herpes? I have a sinus infection right now, could that have caused it

I have what I assume to be a cold sore next to my nose. Does this mean that I have herpes? I have a sinus infection right now, could that have caused it

Cold Sore: I think it best to go to your doctor and have him/her check this out. If it is a cold sore, there is medication you can take. If it is a bacterial infection, you may need antibiotics. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Can sinus infection cause weird noises from nose while awake and whooshing sound in right ear when I bend over? I take steam sometimes and not on meds

Can sinus infection cause weird noises from nose while awake and whooshing sound in right ear when I bend over? I take steam sometimes and not on meds

Yes and yes: Congestion of nasal passages can cause noises like wheezes. If you have congestion that affects your ears that too may also cause unusual sounds especially when you change position of your head. ...Read more

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Can sinus infection cause random bad smell and light headiness?

Can sinus infection cause random bad smell and light headiness?

Sinusitis: Yes, intermittent alterations in odor and light headedness may occur with changes in the upper respiratory tract accompanying sinusitis, but before making the assumption that this is what is causing your symptoms you should be seen by an ENT doctor to be sure that something more severe is not in progress. Good luck. ...Read more

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Recent sinus infection caused blood in the nose and phlegm. Was prescribed doxycycline blood stopped but then reappeared. Do I need more meds?

Recent sinus infection caused blood in the nose and phlegm. Was prescribed doxycycline blood stopped but then reappeared. Do I need more meds?

Bloody nose: The blood is due to the erosion of small blood vessels in your nose because if the mucus. It may be dry in your house so using a humidifer or vaporizer can be helpful. Also purchase saline gel and moisturize your nostrils with the gel several times a day ...Read more

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What can be done about a sinus infection this infection of the sinus has spreed and cause's lack of sleep due to the fact of not being able to breath out of the nose and only threw the mouth. And the head aches weakness to light

Sinusitis: Infection of the sinuses causes congestion, facial pain, nasal discharge, post-nasal drip, fever. It is commonly caused by bacteria and viruses, less commonly due to fungus. Treatment is usually related to a decongestant, antihistamine, anti-inflammatory, and antibiotic (if cause is bacterial). Sinus irrigation is also helpful to rid the sinuses of thick mucous. ...Read more

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Can a sinus infection cause nose bleed? How come my symptoms such as hoarseness, sore throat, runny nose, and nasal congestion only getting worse?

Sinuses & Epistaxis.: The inflammation caused by sinus infection, along with the pure violence of constantly blowing your nose, can lead to nosebleeds in the context of a sinus infection That being said, sinus infections tend to be bacterial, so you may be getting worse because you need an antibiotic. ...Read more

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Can sinus infection cause floating feeling in the head?

Can sinus infection cause floating feeling in the head?

Yes: A sinus infection can mimic almost anything in the head.
My ENT doctor once told me, that the sinuses are very unforgiving, so do not miss any of the treatment instructions I give you. ...Read more

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Can a sinus infection cause pain/burning on the top back of your head because? I had a bad sinus cold that started last tuesday. Monday I went on meds

Let your dr know: Referred pain patterns from the sinuses can go to different parts of the head / scalp. It's best to contact your doctor and let them know what you're experiencing. They may need to give you something that will help you feel better, plus document your symptoms. Hope you feel better soon! ...Read more

Dr. Linda Callaghan
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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. Mark Ingerman
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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