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Dr. Milroy Samuel
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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 you have a sinus infection with out congestion and drainage of fever ?

Can you have a sinus infection with out congestion and drainage of fever ?

Not usually: Sinus inflammation or infection always starts in the nose and is usually referred to as rhino-sinusitis. It is not necessarily associated with fever, but is usually associated with nasal congestion. Except for cystic fibrosis, sinusitis, always begins in the lateral wall of the nose. Therefore, certainly in acute sinusitis, usually in chronic sinusitis, the nasal passages are usually congested. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a sinus infection without nasal congestion or runny nose?

Yes: A sinus infection occurs when bacteria (most commonly) grow and create pain/pressure in one of the sinuses. Many times, one of the ostia, the openings from the sinus into the nasal passages get plugged up for various reasons without typical sinsus symptoms. Recently had a patient with severe sinusitis whose only symptom was a bad cough. Otherwise felt fine. ...Read more

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Not congested , can smell still but can't really taste anything. I'm not sick. Can this be related to sinus infection without congestion?

Not congested , can smell still but can't really taste anything. I'm not sick. Can this be related to sinus infection without congestion?

Loss of taste: You are describing loss of taste only, not smell. Usually, a sinus infection comes with congestion, nasal discharge, postnasal drip, and loss of smell. Then, taste is secondarily affected. You have to get evaluated by your doctor and probably an ENT to look into your loss of taste. ...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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Can forced air heat cause you to have a sinus infection or constant congestion?

Can forced air heat cause you to have a sinus infection or constant congestion?

Yes: It's usually the dust and particles in the air (dander, pollen, etc) that contributes to congestion and sinus problems. ...Read more

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What can I do about the congestion that remains after sinus infection?

Decongestants: Behind-the-counter pseudo Ephedrine can help, if it doesn't make you jittery or keep you up at night. Nasal steroid sprays work the best; if this is a recurrent problem, your doctor can prescribe a one-month supply each time you take an antibiotic. If you get more than two sinus infections per year, see an allergist to find out what can be done to keep them from coming back. ...Read more

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Sinus infection no congestion or cough?

Sinus infection no congestion or cough?

Neti pot: Consider using a neti pot. You can also add a drop or two of sski or lugol's to the salt water. Too much iodine can make it sting. Rinse sinuses twice daily or more if needed. ...Read more

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What is the difference between sinus infection and just sinus congestion?

What is the difference between sinus infection and just sinus congestion?

Infection or not: Sinus infection is when an organism colonizes the linings of your sinuses and lives there causing symptoms including pain and secretions. Congestion occurs as a reaction of the sinus lining to a variety of agents and irritants and fills up with secretions. It can lead to infection, but responds to irrigation and decongestants. They can occur simultaneously. ...Read more

Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
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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. Mark Loury
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Congestion (Definition)

Congestion refers to any situation of "backup of fluid." Congestion may refer to the sinuses being backed up with mucus, while pulmonary congestion refers to a backup of fluid into the lungs due to ...Read more