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Dr. Janice Alexander
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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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This week, I've had the worst nasal congestion I've ever had and some sinus pressure. Nasal sprays not helping. What can I do? I feel panicked.

This week, I've had the worst nasal congestion I've ever had and some sinus pressure. Nasal sprays not helping. What can I do? I feel panicked.

Nasal congestion: Nasal allergy is a common cause of intermittent nasal congestion. Generally patients reports sneezing, runny nose, itchy/watery eyes. Allergy nasal sprays such as rhinocort or flonase would be first line medication. Nasal saline sprays would help. I don't recommend patients routinely use afrin or neosynephrine. If you are then you must stop after 3-5 days. ...Read more

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1 week of nasal congestion. I understand that symptoms of sinus cancer can mimic that of a cold. Should I see my dr? Sore throat gone no cough.

1 week of nasal congestion. I understand that symptoms of sinus cancer can mimic that of a cold. Should I see my dr? Sore throat gone no cough.

Not yet: Nasal congestion is very common, especially now that flu or viral "season" is upon us. If you are prone to allergies, nasal congestion is to be expected. Although the common cold can mimic sinus cancer, it is extremely doubtful as cause of your symptoms. The "sinus" is likely the maxillary sinus (upper jaw bone) and it is part of the paranasal sinus complex; 0.2% of all malignancies occur there. ...Read more

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Been suffering from headache sore neck and ear for about a week. Now have sore throat, nasal congestion, green and bloody mucus. Sinus infect or strep?

Been suffering from headache sore neck and ear for about a week. Now have sore throat, nasal congestion, green and bloody mucus. Sinus infect or strep?

URI: Upper Respiratory Tract Infection is what you have, can be due to strep infection or other bug, at any rate you need to see your doctor for Rx medications, meanwhile rest, salt water gargles, pain killers, and good luck ...Read more

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Nasal congestion and irritation occurred right after crying spell 7 days ago and still lingering, what happened? Shouldn't this have went away by now

Nasal congestion and irritation occurred right after crying spell 7 days ago and still lingering, what happened? Shouldn't this have went away by now

Lingering URI: A viral URI usually lasts less than 1 week. It's possible to get a second viral URI when recovering from the first (this happens to parents of school-aged children quite often), however another explanation is possible. People who suffer from allergies can have continuous symptoms when exposed to allergens (such as seasonal allergies). If so, a trial of OTC antihistamines (eg, cetirizine) may help ...Read more

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I'm experiencing nasal congestion and have a retention cyst in left maxillary sinus. What does that mean?

I'm experiencing nasal congestion and have a retention cyst in left maxillary sinus. What does that mean?

Common finding: Usually, a mucous retention cyst in one maxillary sinus is of little importance or concern. The cyst is a mucus filled structure on the floor or side walls of the sinus. It can gradually enlarge, but not necessarily. It is unrelated to your nasal congestion. This is something you need to discuss with your otolaryngologist further about long term treatment and follow-up. ...Read more

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Should I see my general dr after I have been sick with a headcold for 3weeks? I have nasal congestion, dark mucus, and sinus & tooth pain.

Should I see my general dr after I have been sick with a headcold for 3weeks? I have nasal congestion, dark mucus, and sinus & tooth pain.

Yes.: Your general dr. Can evaluate you and direct you towards the right path. At times sinus infections can cause discomfort that feels like tooth ache. Since you have "head cold" and sinus infection now, it is best for your medical dr. To evaluate you and if needed you can also see your dentist to make sure you dont' have dental infection. ...Read more

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I took alka seltzer plus at 9:15 pm not fully reading it. I have mostly nasal congestion. When can I take either DayQuil or Advil cold and sinus?

I took alka seltzer plus at 9:15 pm not fully reading it. I have mostly nasal congestion. When can I take either DayQuil or Advil cold and sinus?

Vapor inhalation: Rather than taking either of these medications, you may help your congestion better by taking steam or water vapor inhalation.
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I am experiencing nasal congestion (stuffiness), post nasal drip and sinus pain. The following also describes me: Difficulty breathing through nos...

Sounds like you have: A cold. Get plenty of rest, drink lots of fluids, take over the counter decongestants and use analgesics for the discomfort. If your symptoms persist for more than 48-72 hours, see your health care provider for evaluation. ...Read more

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I am experiencing nasal congestion, difficulty breathing through nose, snoring, sinus pain and sciatica. The following also describes me: Gritty o...

I am experiencing nasal congestion, difficulty breathing through nose, snoring, sinus pain and sciatica. The following also describes me: Gritty o...

Gritty & sciatica: I am not sure what gritty means in Tx. Please give more information. Tough to tie sciatica and other symptoms together. Sneezing a lot and pulled back maybe? ...Read more

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I've had bad nasal congestion and laryngitis. Now I am having pain under my right eye. Could this be caused by the sinus congestion?

I've had bad nasal congestion and laryngitis. Now I am having pain under my right eye. Could this be caused by the sinus congestion?

See doctor: You need to see a doctor to get examined. Since your description is not detailed enough, it is hard to even guess what the cause may be since it may just be from a cold but a sinus infection should be considered as well. ...Read more

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I have been having nasal congestion accompanied by some laryngitis. Now I have pain under my right eye. Is this coming from the sinus congestion?

I have been having nasal congestion accompanied by some laryngitis. Now I have pain under my right eye. Is this coming from the sinus congestion?

Probably: Yes, the pain under your eye could be coming from sinus congestion. You maxillary sinuses are under the eyes and it is not uncommon for you to get sinus congestion along with nasal congestion. Try decongestants if you do not have high blood pressure and nasal saline to help with this congestion. If it persists see your doctor. ...Read more

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I am experiencing severe nasal congestion. I'm very prone to sinus infections. Can I take phenylephrine and pseudoephedrine together to max results?

I am experiencing severe nasal congestion. I'm very prone to sinus infections. Can I take phenylephrine and pseudoephedrine together to max results?

Better not: Use only one, preferably the pseudo ephedrine, but be cautious when using either if you high blood pressure. If you're prone to sinus infections, better see an Allergist/ Immunologist, check aaaai. Org or acaai. Org for an allergist in your area, meanwhile, saline nasal washes, OTC steroid nasal sprays would help you better with the congestion, good luck ...Read more

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Can I take Advil Sinus Congestion and Pain with Allegra Allergy 24 hour together? I have a cold with nasal congestion.

Can I take Advil Sinus Congestion and Pain with Allegra Allergy 24 hour together? I have a cold with nasal congestion.

No benefit: Yes, but there is no added benefit to take the Allegra (fexofenadine) since it doesn't help much when you have a cold. An older antihistamine like Chlorpheneramine may help with runny nose but may cause drowsiness. ...Read more

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Can I take clindahexal to treat sinus related infection - symptoms: mucous, nasal congestion, post nasal drip, persistent cough?

Can I take clindahexal to treat sinus related infection - symptoms: mucous, nasal congestion, post nasal drip, persistent cough?

If recommended by MD: Clindamycin (clindahexal) is an antibiotic that can be use in treating sinus infections. Your symptoms and the absence of pain suggest that this may be an allergy rather than an infection and antibiotics may not be be necessary. Allergy treatment and neti pot may work.
Clindamycin can have some very serious bowel side effects and should not be taken lightly. ...Read more

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I am experiencing nasal congestion, nasal drainage, runny nose, sneezing, post nasal drip and sinus pain.

I am experiencing nasal congestion, nasal drainage, runny nose, sneezing, post nasal drip and sinus pain.

Common cold: The common cold virus can cause all your symptoms; care is purely supportive in nature. Antibiotics can't cure a viral infection. If your symptoms persist for more than 10 days or progressively worsen, there may be a role for antibiotic treatment of a sinus infection. Please see a doctor if you're concerned. ...Read more

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I have nasal congestion, tightness in my forehead. And when I walk the floor feels like it's moving up & down. Not dizzy or spinning. Sinus infection?

I have nasal congestion, tightness in my forehead. And when I walk the floor feels like it's moving up & down. Not dizzy or spinning. Sinus infection?

Possible: Sinus infection can cause your symptoms and if there is no obstruction at the sinus openings, you should consult an allergist-immunologist to work you up for possible immune deficiency. ...Read more

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What is it? I have nasal congestion (stuffiness), nasal drainage, insomnia, difficulty sleeping (quality: difficulty falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep), sinus pain, body aches and cough (worsened by: lying down, at night) (quality: with phlegm or

What is it? I have nasal congestion (stuffiness), nasal drainage, insomnia, difficulty sleeping (quality: difficulty falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep), sinus pain, body aches and cough (worsened by: lying down, at night) (quality: with phlegm or

How long?: If these symptoms started less than 2 weeks ago, it is likely from the lingering viral infection ongoing in the community. I usually see this infection in patients who have been exposed to young children. If this has been going on for more than a mouth. See doctor to rule out a sinus infection, ...Read more

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What can I do for a chronic cough for over a month, sore throat for the 2nd time, nasal congestion (stuffiness) and sinus pressure in my cheeks.?

What can I do for a chronic cough for over a month, sore throat for the 2nd time, nasal congestion (stuffiness) and sinus pressure in my cheeks.?

Go see ENT specialis: Most likely you have a diagnosis of Sinusitis. This can lead to post nasal drip causing cough and sore throat. I would advise you to have an examination by a ENT specialist who can then treat you once a proper diagnosis has been established. ...Read more

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I am experiencing nasal congestion and sore throat. It's probably allergies but my concern is I'm very susceptible to sinus infection. What meds?

Start with OTC: Start with over the counter allergy meds taken on a daily basis such as Zyrtec or Allegra. for congestion pick up some Sudafed. by taking a daily allergy medication when starting to notice stuffiness and symptoms, you will avoid the most severe symptoms and your sinuses will stay open. Once your sinuses become congested you have static mucus that is susceptible to infection by environment bacteria ...Read more

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I am experiencing sore throat, headache, neck pain, sinus pain and nasal congestion. The following also describe me: Sneezing and Painful throat sores. What should I do?

I am experiencing sore throat, headache, neck pain, sinus pain and nasal congestion. The following also describe me: Sneezing and Painful throat sores. What should I do?

Doctor can examine: New throat pain can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, a person sees the doctor if the sore throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to look for strep). Throat lozenges and Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin (ibuprofen) may lessen pain. ...Read more

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Do sinus infections cause nose bleeds? I also have a bad taste in my mouth, ear popping, throat pain, and nasal congestion.

Do sinus infections cause nose bleeds? I also have a bad taste in my mouth, ear popping, throat pain, and nasal congestion.

Can, but not common: But wiping the nose can cause irritation. Drainage and congestion from it are very common to cause taste changes, drainage, ear popping, throat irritation, etc. ...Read more

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Can bronciectasis cause chronic sinus problems, and nasal congestion? ; or can it instead be caused by the symptoms and impact of rhinosinusitis?

Can bronciectasis cause chronic sinus problems, and nasal congestion? ; or can it instead be caused by the symptoms and impact of rhinosinusitis?

Lung Question: Sinusitis, allergies and reflux are the primary cause of lung disease. A combination treatment plan can maximize your result. An allergist, ent, pulmonologist and a GI may be needed. ...Read more

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Pressure in forehead upon standing, clear nasal congestion, a lot of post nasal drip. Head feels wobbly. Is this common for a sinus problem?

Pressure in forehead upon standing, clear nasal congestion, a lot of post nasal drip. Head feels wobbly. Is this common for a sinus problem?

Yes: Although usually the pressure in the head thing is worse with bending over, as in from standing position, bending over at the waist and touching your feet or the floor. To relieve this, start with an otc antihistamine of your choice (claritin, etc) with a decongestant (if no hi blood pressure) and follow up with your dr. If no better after a few days. If needed, your dr. Can rx nasal steroids. ...Read more

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Congested Nose (Definition)

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Nasal (Definition)

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