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Sinus infection for a week. Zpack for 5 days+home self care. Classic sinus syptoms+plugged ringing ears&dull pain in back of head. Getting worse. Now what?

Sinus infection for a week. Zpack for 5 days+home self care. Classic sinus syptoms+plugged ringing ears&dull pain in back of head. Getting worse. Now what?

Sinusitis: Often, antibiotics are unnecessary in managing sinus infection. Treatment should be accompanied by nasal irrigation with saline (neti-pot), decongestants (pseudoephedrine or oxymetozaline nasal spray), possibly nasal steroids and pain control with nsaids. If these measures do not help, see an ENT doctor. Good luck. ...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 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

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

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Is it possible for a deep sinus infection to cause a swollen jaw and the back gums and teeth on one side to hurt really bad?

Is it possible for a deep sinus infection to cause a swollen jaw and the back gums and teeth on one side to hurt really bad?

Could Be: Actual swelling (that is look in the mirror and your face is puffy) from a sinusitis is not very common, but can occur in severe cases. Dental pain due to sinusitis is quite common and is usually focused in the upper back teeth. A bad tooth can mimic a sinusitis as well...or even cause sinusitis on rare occasions. Your dentist should be able to determine the source and treat/refer as needed. ...Read more

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Would a sinus infection cause a throb in the head?

Would a sinus infection cause a throb in the head?

Yes, but...: A sinus infection can certainly cause throbbing of the head; however, many headache problems (including migraine) can also cause this symptom. ...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 your whole head to throb? Also will it throb worse if you are doing physical activities, like lifting things?

Can a sinus infection cause your whole head to throb? Also will it throb worse if you are doing physical activities, like lifting things?

Yes but headaches: Can have other causes, such migraines and even severe problems, such as brain tumors or brain bleeds. Other symptoms of sinus infections include nasal blockage, drainage in the front of the nose or back in the throat, and altered smell. A complete medical evaluation would be recommended for persistent throbbing in the head. ...Read more

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"A sinus infection can make your head feel fuzzy, lethargic or disconnected, & cause your cognitive symptoms to worsen." is this true?

"A sinus infection can make your head feel fuzzy, lethargic or disconnected, & cause your cognitive symptoms to worsen." is this true?

Unusual: However a lingering infection in the sinus can indeed cause fatigue, headaches, and even dizziness on occasions. The only possible link to cognitive function impairment is the fatigue. It should be noted that uncontrolled allergic rhinitis has led to mild cognitive impairment when studied in children and thus the answer is possible. Psychologic /neurologic evaluation? ...Read more

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Can sinus infection cause sore spots on head?

Unlikeli: Sinus infection can cause headache and tooth like pain. Sometimes it can cause discharge from eyes and pressure in ears. But skin infection on the scalp is unrelated unless transferred by dirty hands (nose picking and scalp scratching. ..)! wash your hands when blowing nose or touching your eyes and face always! ...Read more

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Will a sinus infection cause light headed and fatigue or could it be an std?

Will a sinus infection cause light headed and fatigue or could it be an std?

Both, either or none: Sinus infection is very tricky. It may mimic many conditions including but not limiting to those you mentioned.
Advanced std may do the same if left untreated.
Number of medical and mental conditions may do the same.
See your primary doctor first to sort it out. Do not expect to get all answers at once. Extensive work up is required sometime to get the right answers. ...Read more

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I was having jolt like pulsing throbs once a minute in the back of my head last night and now in my temple. I have an ear and sinus infection.?

I was having jolt like pulsing throbs once a minute in the back of my head last night and now in my temple. I have an ear and sinus infection.?

Headache: Headaches are common phenomena and can be associated with numerous other conditions, including ear and sinus infections. Unfortunately cannot tell over the internet whether your particular HA is due to these. Would need more history and physical exam. If these keep up please go and see your family doctor. ...Read more

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I have been experiencing terrible headaches towards the back of my head left hand side. I have had a brain scan in April 2017 and it showed a bad sinus infection. The headaches are right back and are worse. Please assist if possible.

I have been experiencing terrible headaches towards the back of my head left hand side. I have had a brain scan in April 2017 and it showed a bad sinus infection. The headaches are right back and are worse. Please assist if possible.

Treat Sinusitis: You may have a repeat Sinusitis. Needs two weeks of antibiotic treatment for full resolution.
Start w PCP and get a complete check up. No need to suffer. If no results see an ENT, Neurologist specialists in this area. ...Read more

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Sinus infection 2 days ago on levaquin (levofloxacin), now my eyes are blood shot, hurting, throat hurts, head hurts, dizzy! Should I go back to dr or is this ok?

Sinus infection 2 days ago on levaquin (levofloxacin), now my eyes are blood shot, hurting, throat hurts, head hurts, dizzy! Should I go back to dr or is this ok?

Sinus infection.: This is not ok. You should definitely go back to see your doctor and should make contact as soon as possible.
As soon as you are well you should find a way to stop smoking as this will cause you increasing problems and disease. ...Read more

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What would cause top of head to be sore, even hurts to move hair. Also have sinus infection/ blocked sinus?

What would cause top of head to be sore, even hurts to move hair. Also have sinus infection/ blocked sinus?

Local infection: You may have a boil or cellulitis or inflammation in your scalp. Suggest evaluation by a dermatologist. Potentially could be part of a headache syndrome as well. I would recommend starting with a basic medical evaluation by an Internist or Family doctor. ...Read more

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Can having a sinus infection cause sensitivity to sound, and pain in the face, head, ears, and neck?

Can having a sinus infection cause sensitivity to sound, and pain in the face, head, ears, and neck?

Probably: If you have nasal congestion that preceded the symptoms you listed, I believe the answer is yes in your case. ...Read more

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Dr says sinus infection causing imbalance and dizzy headed. Ears feel fine. Balance good dr says. Could be another cause?

Dr says sinus infection causing imbalance and dizzy headed. Ears feel fine. Balance good dr says. Could be another cause?

The balance system: Is located within the inner ear, within the skull/temporal bone, the part that a doctor cannot see with a scope. Any irritation of that system will set of a nasty problem with vertigo. A video nystagnmogram test can help prove or disprove this. ...Read more

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I'm just getting over a sinus infection. Still having headaches the top of my head temples down the back to my neck. My arms neck and back are achy?

I'm just getting over a sinus infection. Still having headaches the top of my head temples down the back to my neck. My arms neck and back are achy?

See a doctor: Preferably start with your primary care doctor. The question is whether or not the sinus infection has been adequately managed or has extended beyond the sinuses. All of the symptoms you describe may be due to tension of holding your head in a single position while you had severe sinus disease, but the best thing to do is to see a doctor. ...Read more

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My face hurts around my eyes and the back of my head and neck hurt around my ears. Sinus infection?

My face hurts around my eyes and the back of my head and neck hurt around my ears. Sinus infection?

Sinus infection: A sinus infection can cause a headache or pressure in the eyes, nose, cheek bones. Acute sinusitis lasts less than eight weeks and with each episode lasting no longer than 10 days. See your PCP for evaluation, tests, imaging and treatment. ...Read more

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Been having bad headaches for 2 mths with pain radiating from ear to ear, front, top & back of head. Eyes hurt, irritated. Is this a sinus infection?

Been having bad headaches for 2 mths with pain radiating from ear to ear, front, top & back of head. Eyes hurt, irritated. Is this a sinus infection?

Can be sinus infecti: Eye irritation can be from drying out of tear film or sinus infection (pressure around eye or bacteria/virus backflowing into tear film). See eyeMD to see cause. ...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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Does sinus infection cause numbness on half of your face?

Does sinus infection cause numbness on half of your face?

Not typically: Sinus infection usually causes facial pain an discomfort, nevertheless other sinus disease can cause facial numbness، thus recommend evaluation by otolaryngologist for nasal/ sinus endoscopy and or ct scan sinuses. ...Read more

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Sinus pain in left side of face 2 weeks after a sinus infection. Over the infection what's the cause? This is also the 2nd infection in 2 months

Recurrent sinusitis: If pain continues to be there after two weeks you may need an antibiotic course. Take Ibuprofen if no allergies or pregnant, increase fluid intake and see a physician. ...Read more

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Can sinus infection cause forehead numbness?

Can sinus infection cause forehead numbness?

Sinusitis: Sinusitis usually causes pain and pressure, not numbness. If there is swelling, you can get a feeling of numbness, however. ...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

Dr. Edward Kuhnley
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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. Gary Sandler
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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