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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

Dr. James Dukelow
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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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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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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?

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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Is a viral sinus infection when the nose has yellow or clear nasal congestion?

Is a viral sinus infection when the nose has yellow or clear nasal congestion?

Could be yes.: Bacterial infections in the sinus cavity usually produce green nasal discharge. Clear and yellow could be viral...or just inflammatory....or even fungal. ...Read more

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Is it a sinus infection when there is a slight foggy feeling behind eyes and off and on nasal congestion for several months?

Is it a sinus infection when there is a slight foggy feeling behind eyes and off and on nasal congestion for several months?

Likely inflammation: It is more likely that you have sinus inflammation rather than infection for the long. Allergies are usually the most common cause of this chronic inflammation of the sinuses. An evaluation by an ENT who specializes in nose/sinus disorders would be warranted. For more info go to www. Socalsinus. Com. ...Read more

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Can a sinus infection cause nose bleed? How come my symptoms such as hoarseness, sore throat, runny nose, and nasal congestion only getting worse?

Can a sinus infection cause nose bleed? How come my symptoms such as hoarseness, sore throat, runny nose, and nasal congestion only getting worse?

Sinuses & Epistaxis.: The inflammation caused by sinus infection, along with the pure violence of constantly blowing your nose, can lead to nosebleeds in the context of a sinus infection That being said, sinus infections tend to be bacterial, so you may be getting worse because you need an antibiotic. ...Read more

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Sinus infection / sinus pressure / nasal congestion?

Acute sinusitis.: This could certainly be a sinus infection, yes. And sinus infections tend to be bacterial, so you should be evaluated by a doctor for consideration of an antibiotic. ...Read more

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My head feels tight and with some pressure at times, hard to focus at times and feels heavy at times. I've had some nasal congestion. Sinus infection?

Clear: 36 yo female. After getting a diagnosis from your doc, if you get frequent sinus infections, consider using a natural nasal spray called xlear. This pleasant tasting spray breaks up the clear biofilm where germs breed. ...Read more

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Have facial pressure on left side of nose and in my head round by my eye, nasal congestion and post nasal drip. It is not a sinus infection. Any ideas?

Have facial pressure on left side of nose and in my head round by my eye, nasal congestion and post nasal drip. It is not a sinus infection. Any ideas?

Likely a sinus issue: These symptoms do sound like a sinus inflammation. The fact that it's unilateral deserves an evaluation by an ent. Allergies or a sinus infection are possibilities, although both of these would usually give bilateral symptoms. May have a polyp etc on one side. I would take over the counter Claritin (loratadine) daily and go see an ENT specialist if it does not resolve after 3 to 5 days. ...Read more

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Nausea dizziness eye pain constant HA in forehead ear ache and feeling flushed but very little nasal congestion. Sinus infection?

Nausea dizziness eye pain constant HA in forehead ear ache and feeling flushed but very little nasal congestion. Sinus infection?

Possibly: It sounds like it is potentially sinus infection. However we should not discount more serious things. Please see your doctor for an in person exam. ...Read more

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What's the best OTC medication for nasal congestion due to sinusitis infection?

What's the best OTC medication for nasal congestion due to sinusitis infection?

Just the opposite: Sinusitis or inflammation of the paranasal sinuses (there are 4 paired sinuses) does not cause nasal congestion. The opposite is true. That is, nasal congestion leads to sinus inflammation. It is true that they very often occur together, but the nasal congestion is the first event. Otc treatment may include saline (salt water) irrigations of the nose, a netti-pot and a decongestant. ...Read more

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I have post nasal drip but no nose congestion. How should I treat it? I think I might be getting a sinus infection.

I have post nasal drip but no nose congestion. How should I treat it? I think I might be getting a sinus infection.

Possible Sinusitis: The diagnosis of a bacterial sinus infection can be be quite difficult. Most causes of post nasal drip will not require antibiotics. Certainly facial pain and postnasal drip are important signs and can make you feel miserable.
Your doctor will need to get more details such as duration and other underlying conditions such as a cold or allergies. I hope your hypothyroidism is under control. ...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 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 often feel nasal irritation and congestion, sinus CT always comes clear, can a person have infection at back of nasal airways, withou sinus infection?

Sinusitis?: Why in heavens name would you undergo multiple cts of the sinuses? This illness is diagnosed clinically and should not require imaging which could have long-term negative implications. You may be having allergic manifestations rather than infection. Good luck. ...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.

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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Hi, sinus infection for past week. Nasal irrigation helped, mucus clearer & congestion gone. Now left ear is clogged &left side of throat/ear is sore?

Hi, sinus infection for past week. Nasal irrigation helped, mucus clearer & congestion gone. Now left ear is clogged &left side of throat/ear is sore?

Great: You may want to continue the saline nasal washes, and salt water gargles in addition to pain killers and lots of fluids and rest, if no improvement in a day or so, see your doctor for possible need for Rx medications, good luck ...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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I have severe congestion, sneezing, runny nose, awful dry sometimes yellow mucus cough, my mucus from my nose is clear. I took allegra, did not help at all. I cant decide if its allergies or a sinus infection/cold. Its been 3 days. Should I take mucinex c

I have severe congestion, sneezing, runny nose, awful dry sometimes yellow mucus cough, my mucus from my nose is clear. I took allegra, did not help at all. I cant decide if its allergies or a sinus infection/cold. Its been 3 days. Should I take mucinex c

Infection?: Try a different antihistamine, like Benadryl (diphenhydramine). If 25-50 mg of Benadryl (diphenhydramine) makes no difference, then it is not likely that your symptoms are due to allergies. There is no good evidence that mucinex is much help and it is expensive and has its own side effects, and I never recommend it. Avoid fragrances and aerosols while sick (add to irritation of respiratory tract). See MD if no better in 2-3 days. ...Read more

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I have a sore throat, nose congestion, bad taste in mouth and a lump in throat feeling for more then 10 days. Is this a possible sinus infection?

You sound sick.: This could be a sinus infection or even the flu. You may require treatment. You need to visit your PMD or consult with one of us on HealthTap. ...Read more

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Swollen glands on left side of neck congestion in nose and head tooth abcess on left side swollen tonsills? Listings angina or sinus. Infection?

Swollen glands on left side of neck congestion in nose and head tooth abcess on left side swollen tonsills? Listings angina or sinus. Infection?

You need help: Dental abscess will not repair itself. Call your dentist before infection gets worse. Sinus infection, nasal congestion, etc, is a medical, not a dental, issue. Make appointment w your physician. Swollen glands may be due to either or both. You need help...Please make the necessary appointments. ...Read more

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I have the following symptoms, headache, jaw pain, nasal congestion, and ear pain but, I have no fever. Do I have a pissible sinus infection?

I have the following symptoms, headache, jaw pain, nasal congestion, and ear pain but, I have no fever. Do I have a pissible sinus infection?

Possible: There may be other causes for your symptoms. Sinus infection is possible as would be ear infection. Neither is usually associated with a fever since they are mostly localized infections. ...Read more

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Can a sinus infection cause hives? Symptoms: day 1 - headache, 2 - headache, chills, body aches, 3 - hives, aches - nasal congestion, sinus pressure

Can a sinus infection cause hives? Symptoms: day 1 - headache, 2 - headache, chills, body aches, 3 - hives, aches - nasal congestion, sinus pressure

Well...yes: It is not the sinus infection that causes hives, but whatever us causing that infection. Hives can be common with many kinds of infections, especially viral ones, which are main causes of respiratory and sings problems. Your symptoms sound very much like a viral infection which can usually be treated symptomatically, without antibiotics. ...Read more

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43 yr old M with slight phlegm cough, yet no nasal congestion, with headache in the temples/eyes and evening fever? Flu, cold, sinus infection??

43 yr old M with slight phlegm cough, yet no nasal congestion, with headache in the temples/eyes and evening fever? Flu, cold, sinus infection??

Very much possible: Need to see your doctor, might need an antibiotic, meanwhile keep doing the nasal washes, OTC pain killers, take care ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
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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. Abraham Jaskiel
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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