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Can you get a sinus infection from someone else?

Can you get a sinus infection from someone else?

Not usually: Most viral upper respiratory infections are contagious (common cold viruses, flu), and these viral infections may lead to sinusitis. However, typical bacterial rhinosinusitis is not contagious. Unlike with cold viruses, most people will not develop sinusitis even if they are exposed to the bacteria. ...Read more

Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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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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For the past year or so, every time I get a cold, I also get a sinus infection. Why does this happen?

For the past year or so, every time I get a cold, I also get a sinus infection. Why does this happen?

? chronic sinusitis: You need to see an ENT or an allergist, if you have access to one. You most probably have have chronic inflammation of your upper airways that needs attention, it could be due to allergies, so better see a specialist for better long term control of your condition, especially that you suffer from asthma as well, good luck ...Read more

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How to get a sinus infection cured?

How to get a sinus infection cured?

Time: Most sinus infections will eventually get better on their own. Meanwhile for relief of symptoms, use a salin nasal spray and/or a neti pot. ...Read more

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Do people ever get a sinus infection without a fever?

Do people ever get a sinus infection without a fever?

Yes: Many cases of sinusitis occur in the absence of fever.
Sinusitis is characterized by nasal congestion, purulent discharge, headache and facial pain over the sinuses. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get a sinus infection without colored mucus? I have facial pain along with post nasal drip. I had an MRI last month and it was clean

Is it possible to get a sinus infection without colored mucus? I have facial pain along with post nasal drip. I had an MRI last month and it was clean

? congestion: Of your nasal cavity and your sinuses can give you the same symptoms, chronic congestion can lead to chronic inflammation and later infection, not sure what kind of MRI you had? Was it direced towards your sinuses or part of head examination which at times shows part of the sinuses not the whole system, get seen by your doctor who would refer you to an ENT, goodluck ...Read more

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Can someone get a sinus infection caused by wisdom teeth extraction?

Can someone get a sinus infection caused by wisdom teeth extraction?

Yes: But only if the tooth was in the upper jaw and the root of the tooth was in the sinus to begin with. The dentist who performed the extraction should be notified as sometimes a fistula may form from the mouth to the sinus--not fun! ...Read more

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I have a white tip on my uvula and a sore throat I have yet to go to the doctor because I'm one to very easily get a sinus infection but I believe I have one of those to Please help me before I go waste my money on a doctor to tell me something I alread

I have a white tip on my uvula and a sore throat I have yet to go to the doctor because I'm one to very easily get a sinus infection but I believe I have one of those to Please help me before I go waste my money on a doctor to tell me something I alread

Uvulitis: Your uvula can have an isolated infection called uvulitis, which can appear just like you describe it. It most often causes a sore throat. If the rest of it is red and you feel feverish, you would most likely benefit from antibiotics. You probably need to get checked so you can get the right diagnosis and treatment. Best wishes ...Read more

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Do people ever get a sinus infection without nose congestion?

Do people ever get a sinus infection without nose congestion?

Sinus infection: Not typically. You can, but it would be unusual. The symptoms we look for include nasal congestion, nasal discharge which is usually white, yellow, green or some other color of the rainbow. The face can hurt or there is a lot of pressure in the face (usually the forehead or cheeks). The teeth can hurt and you can develop a headache. Many people will complain of fatigue/feeling run down/fever. ...Read more

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Could one get a sinus infection from having a top back tooth removed?

Could one get a sinus infection from having a top back tooth removed?

Could be: Top back teeth have their roots very close to sinus. Some roots might already in the sinus. When dentist remove top back teeth, there is a chance that the sinus is involved or penetrated. In that case the oral cavity is communicated with sinus via the extraction socket and bacterial can get inside sinus and cause infection. However, this can be corrected by different manners. ...Read more

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What can I do to get severe sinus infection relief?

Salt water: Use a saline nasal spray and/or a neti pot.
Warm compresses and breathing steam may also help. Tylenol (acetaminophen) may help the pain. ...Read more

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If I have sinus problems one day, then not for a day or two then get them again, is it a sinus infection or just sinus problems?

Not infection: You likely have allergy problems of some sort causing swelling and drainage from the nose and sinuses. Sometimes when it is intermittent it has to do with allergens in certain environments that you are in and out of (like workplace, friend's house, gym, etc...) ...Read more

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My son has a sinus infection and on meds for it, but I can't get him to drink much and he's only went about 2oz in 24 hrs is this bad?

My son has a sinus infection and on meds for it, but I can't get him to drink much and he's only went about 2oz in 24 hrs is this bad?

Yes: Any kid should pee, no less than every 6-8 hours or it is evidence of dehydration. If in diapers it can be hard to tell, we weigh them at the hospital because the absorbent material drys it quick. If his output is really that low he needs to be seen tonight. ...Read more

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At times I get light head and my b/p reads 98/60 is this normal? In addition, I think I may have an sinus infection is that why I get light head?

At times I get light head and my b/p reads 98/60 is this normal? In addition, I think I may have an sinus infection is that why I get light head?

Light headed: Yes, a sinus infection can sometimes make a person feel light headed. A blood pressure of 98/60 would not normally make a person light headed unless it was a drop from higher blood pressure. Do you know what your BP usually is? Other causes could be medications, such as whatever you may be taking for your sinus condition. ...Read more

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Can sinus infection get better without medication?

Can sinus infection get better without medication?

Some can: The body can fight off some sinus infections over an extended period of time (4-6 weeks) but the discomfort & symptoms may remain for the duration. Decongestant nasal sprays & nasal wash out with saline may help over time. People did get these & survive before we had antibiotics. However, the prolonged course and symptoms may make it unwise to try. Significant complications can occur. ...Read more

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What are the odds of having complications from a sinus infection if you don't get it treated?

What are the odds of having complications from a sinus infection if you don't get it treated?

Low odds: The odds of a local, orbital or intracranial complication from sinus disease is low in this day and age but we still do see a few cases a year. The orbit is the structure most commonly involved by spread of sinus infection. Intracranial complications occur about 4% of patients hospitalized with sinusitis. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of a sinus infection?

How can I get rid of a sinus infection?

See your doctor: You need a significant trial of antibiotics, decongestants and nasal steroids. If the sinus infection persists or frequently recurs, you may need surgery. Go see your ent. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of a sinus infection?

How can I get rid of a sinus infection?

Drainage: If you can Sudafed will promote drainage, drink a lot of fluids but a nettie pot. Its a small tea pot you can fill with warm water and a bit of sea salt that you buy and pour it up your nose. It sounds gross but works. If after a few days or if you get worse see your doctor and start antibiotics ...Read more

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How can I get rid of a sinus infection fast?

See your doctor: Sinus infections are often viral, and viral illnesses last 7 to 10 days. You can take meds for symptoms, but there is nothing that can be done to shorten the length of a viral illness. If your sinus symptoms are caused by a bacterial infection or allergies, though, there may be prescription meds that can help. See your doctor to determine if any of these medicines might be appropriate for you. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of a sinus infection quickly?

How can I get rid of a sinus infection quickly?

Improve drainage: Sinus health is all about drainage. Remove the thick, obstructing secretions with salt water rinses, take Pseudoephedrine or use oxymetazoline spray for a few days, and get an antibiotic if you have greenish secretions. The best thing to do is to see an allergist to see if allergies are the underlying cause, and to learn what to do to control the allergic inflammation as best as you can. ...Read more

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How can I naturally get rid of my sinus infection?

Time: The vast majority of sinus infections are viral; care is purely supportive, and letting the body handle the infection. There is no evidence behind any "natural" remedies aside from this. ...Read more

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I'm in agony. Please tell me how to get rid of a sinus infection?

Wash and drain: Most sinus infections are viral. Thus, using an over the counter decongestant (like sudafed) along with a mucous thinning agent (like guiafenesin) can be very helpful. I also recommend using a netti pot or nasal rinse bottle with saline. ...Read more

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I have a sinus infection what ist he best way to get rid of it on my own?

Not a good idea: You can try otc decongestants, use saline nasal rinse thru neti-pot, steroid nasal spray to reduce swelling and promote drainage, but most cases will benefit from antibiotics. If not treated effectively you may develop chronic sinus infections which will make you miserable. Also the complications of poorly treated sinus infections can be devastating. See a doctor please. ...Read more

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After I get over my sinus infection what do I need to take to prevent one again?

Regular hygiene: Keeping clean, washing your hands, avoiding cigarettes, and cleaning your sinuses can help. Your sinuses filter all sorts of debris and germs so it is doing its job every day of your life. Good luck. ...Read more

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What do I do to get rid of a sinus infection if it does not respond to medication?

Get reevaluated.: Maybe it's time to get reevaluated by your doctor or see an ENT specialist. It may not be infection but rhinitis or allergy. Maybe you're not getting the right or adequate treatments. Maybe there are structural problems in the sinuses. A doctor would be able to help. ...Read more

Dr. Howard Schneider
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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. Lawrence Kessler
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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