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Can you get sinus infections & migraines from allergies?

Can you get sinus infections & migraines from allergies?

Possibly: Certainly, allergies can trigger a sinus infection, especially if the allergies are not well controlled. In general, migraineurs are sensitive to just about anything that alters their routine. That could be lack of sleep, stress, dietary changes, dehydration, and many other things. So, if allergies flare and are not well managed, they could be a migraine trigger. ...Read more

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Dr. James Chapman
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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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How can I get rid of excess mucus in my throat? I've had a scope by an ENT and no sinus infection. Also had allergy testing. Nothing!

How can I get rid of excess mucus in my throat?  I've had a scope by an ENT and no sinus infection.  Also had allergy testing.  Nothing!

Possible Reflux: Esophageal reflux is a common cause of throat clearing, post nasal dip and a mucousy cough with a clear nose. Treatment of reflux with diet modification, if appropriate weight loss, and if needed stomach medications to reduce acid in the stomach can often be helpful. Talk with your physician about this. ...Read more

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How to know if I have sinus allergies or a sinus infection?

How to know if I have sinus allergies or a sinus infection?

Symptoms: Allergy sneezing, runny nose , clear drainage watery eyes itchy eyes and nose no fever. Sinus infection tender sinus especially if in the maxilla ( cheek) or frontal in the forehead, thicker drainage possible fever possible thick sputum of color with cough ...Read more

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I have allergies or a sinus infection, what do you recommend?

I have allergies or a sinus infection, what do you recommend?

Sinusitis: Most sinus infections are viral and should be treated with over the counter decongestants and sinus rinses. If you have sinus pressure, thick nasal discharge, +/- fever for longer than 10 days, I recommend seeing a healthcare provider. If your resistance is low or you have recurrent sinus infections, you may have contracted a bacterial infection as well requiring antibiotics. ...Read more

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How do I tell the difference between an allergy and a sinus infection?

How do I tell the difference between an allergy and a sinus infection?

Tough to determine: On symptoms alone, but bacterial sinusitis is way overdiagnosed and some studies suggest that antibiotics don't hasten resolution that much anyway. If you've got to know, a sinus ct is as definitive as it gets. ...Read more

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Please tell me how long do I take medicine for a sinus infection and can I take it along with 24 hour allergy pill?

If you have actual: Sinus infection then you would usually be prescribed antibiotics and would take the complete course of medication. ...Read more

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Allergies or a sinus infection, what's the difference?

Allergies or a sinus infection, what's the difference?

That is a million: dollar question! In theory - allergies are cause by environmental triggers and cause inflammation. A sinus infection is caused by a bug - virus, fungus or bacteria. Many sinus sufferers have allergies - but not all. Some chronic sinusitis is caused by very narrow anatomy in sinus cavities. Careers have been made trying to answer these questions effectively in a given person ...Read more

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What can you do to tell the difference between a sinus infection and allergies?

Rhinosinusitis: By saying allergies i suppose you refer to allergic rhinitis when you have seasonal sneezing spells, watery and itchy eyes and nose. Sinusitis and rhinitis are usually go together due to their anatomical proximity and they share the same mucus membrane lining. Sinusitis tends to cause more headache, sense of heaviness and fullness and sometimes affecting your sense of smells. ...Read more

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What to do if I have head cold, sinus infection, allergies or combination?

What to do if I have head cold, sinus infection, allergies or combination?

Supportive Care: Most over the counter cold remedies have medications that should help with all these symptoms. If you have known allergies or highly suspect them, it would help if you can identify where you are getting exposed. Stay well hydrated. Most of these are self- limiting conditions and you should feel better once they run their course. ...Read more

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I thought my sinus congestion was allergies but it hasn't gone away. It's been almost a week now, could it be a sinus infection?

I thought my sinus congestion was allergies but it hasn't gone away. It's been almost a week now, could it be a sinus infection?

Possibly: Keep in mind that allergies, particularly during peak periods like April-June, can linger far beyond a week's time. A sinus infection is usually considered after two weeks, and only if there is significant nasal drainage, occasionally fever, but also facial pressure/pain, post-nasal drip and fatigue. Otherwise, if you have known allergies, they are likely the culprit. ...Read more

Dr. Patricia Foster
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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. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more