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Can you have a sinus infection without stuffy/runny noses?

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Yes: If you are just talking about a possibility of a viral/fungal/bacterial infection in the sinuses that doesn't manifest with stuffy or runny nose, then yes, that is conceivably possible, especially if there is limited/focal involvement. ...Read more

Dr. William Singer
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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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Is it possible to have a sinus infection without nasal congestion or runny nose?

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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Is it possible to have a sinus infection or sinus pressure without having a runny nose/ clogged nose?

Is it possible to have a sinus infection or sinus  pressure without having a runny nose/ clogged nose?

Yes: The infection could be present without nasal discharge if enough blockage is present in the sinus outlets or nasal passages. This would usually cause discomfort in the area of the infected sinus and result in forehead or cheek pressure/pain. ...Read more

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Can you have sinus infection without having any respiratory symptoms?

Can you have sinus infection without having any respiratory symptoms?

Sinus inf symptoms: The primary symptoms of sinus infection are purulent nasal drainage and facial pain and pressure. These often start with a simple cold (or allergies), which usually involve common respiratory symptoms--congestion, slight cough, low grade fever, watery drainage), but the cold may be completely resolved by time the fluid in the sinuses gets infected, so you may not still be having respiratory sympto. ...Read more

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Can you have diarrhea with a sinus infection?

Can you have diarrhea with a sinus infection?

Yes but: There is usually not a direct correlation, although if you have a viral illness you may manifest both. If you are on some treatment for a sinus infection (e.g. Antibiotics), a side effect may include diarrhea. ...Read more

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How can you tell if you have a cold, a sinus infection or allergies?

How can you tell if you have a cold, a sinus infection or allergies?

Not easy: A cold is a runny nose and is caused by a rhino-virus. Occasionally chills and fever accompany this. Allergy may present with a runny nose, but is frequently accompanied by watery, itchy eyes and frequent sneezing. Sinusitis, is a more serious infection which can be caused by both a cold and allergy but is usually associated with pain and pressure in the face, headache and purulent nasal mucus. ...Read more

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Do you have to have a stuffy or runny nose to have a sinus infection?

Do you have to have a stuffy or runny nose to have a sinus infection?

Not necessarily: The symptoms of a sinus infection often involve a post nasal drip as opposed to a runny nose. The nasal passages can actually be relatively clear if the sinuses are totally blocked and then there will often be a headache or facial pain and tenderness. The drainage will often be worse upon lying down and can trigger a cough. ...Read more

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Can you have some fluid in your maxillary sinus without actually having an infection?

Can you have some fluid in your maxillary sinus without actually having an infection?

Sinus fluid: It is possible. However, sinus fluid can predispose the patient to recurrent infection. ...Read more

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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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Can you have a lung infection without coughing or fever.

Can you have a lung infection without coughing or fever.

Yes: Loculated infections or in patients with impaired inflammatory response may not have fever or cough. Hypothermia could occur in the elderly in response to infection ...Read more

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Can you have an ear infection without pain?

Can you have an ear infection without pain?

Yes: To have pain with an ear infection the infected material must build up pressure on the ear drum causing it to stretch or cause direct irritation to the drum itself. Some kids or adults will have an infection that doesn't do either. ...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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Can you smell a sinus infection?

Can you smell a sinus infection?

Often: If a sinus infection is severe enough, it often produces a mucous that is thick and quite fowl smelling. Since the sinuses do drain in the back of the throat, it is possible that you may actually smell the infected mucous that your body is trying to rid from the sinus. Keep smiling. ...Read more

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Can a sinus infection cause you to have ringing in ears?

Can a sinus infection cause you to have ringing in ears?

Yes: Ringing in your ears from any kind of nasal issue is usually from having congestion in your nose. This can then lead to eustachian tube dysfunction which can be associated with ringing. There are certainly many other causes of ringing which may need to be explored depending on your age and other health problems. ...Read more

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Can you have a sinus headache with or without postnasal drip of congestion? And ear pressure?

Can you have a sinus headache with or without postnasal drip of congestion?  And ear pressure?

Yes: Postnasal drip: Every day, glands in the linings of your nose make about a quart of mucus each day. The excess can come out of the nostrils -- that’s a runny nose. When the mucus runs down the back of your nose to your throat, it's called postnasal drip. http://www.webmd.com/allergies/postnasal-drip ...Read more

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Can you have strep without a fever?.

Can you have strep without a fever?.

Varies: Usually a strep infection will cause a mild-moderate temperature' however low grade or subtle infections will not cause high fevers. ...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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How can you tell if its a sinus infection or flu? Also what are signs sinus infection has spread?

How can you tell if its a sinus infection or flu? Also what are signs sinus infection has spread?

Flu vs sinusitis: Flu is characterized by sudden onset, fever, muscle aches. Sinusitis may cause sinus pain/pressure, post-nasal drainage, referred pain to back of head/neck; can be viral or bacterial in origin; fever suggests bacterial. Earache, painful swallowing, hoarseness, loss of voice suggest infxn has spread. ...Read more

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Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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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. Debra Rosenblatt
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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