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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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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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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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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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Why can I smell blood but I'm not bleeding in my nose. I'm also suffering from bad anxiety and am getting over a sinus infection. Someone please help?

Nose: Usually just resolving nose or sinus inflammation after your infection. Try a saline spay several times a day and a warm mist steam of your nose for a few days. If it persists see your doctor ...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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Pregnant with possible bacterial sinus infection? (tmi) I have had this terrible cold which i can actually smell. I try blowing my nose but it just keeps coming, i'm coughing it up too which is just making me extremely nauseous. I just found out I am preg

You : You need to see your primary care provider for this issue. There are antibiotics and other medications for sinus problems that are safe during pregnancy. Your doctor will examine you and be able to diagnose and treat your problem. In the meantime try saline sinus rinse twice a day and sleep with a humidifier or cool mist vaporizer. Good luck. ...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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