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Can you have a sinus infection without a stuffy, runny nose, cough or fever? Basically the only symptom being head/ face/ eye pressure

Can you have a sinus infection without a stuffy, runny nose, cough or fever? Basically the only symptom being head/ face/ eye pressure

Yes it is possible: Yes, one can have symptoms of sinusitis without having cold like symptoms. I have treated patients for sinusitis after they have presented to me for periocular, forhead and sometimes even unusual complaints. I use ct-scan if I am suspecting sinusitis even if they have been treated for presumed inflammation. These patients may present with pressure around the eyes and even unusual headaches. ...Read more

Dr. Gary Pess
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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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Sinus infection without runny nose or drainage, is this normal?

Sinus infection without runny nose or drainage, is this normal?

Unusual: An acute sinusitis is usually accompanied by drainage and sinus pressure or pain. Chronic infections may be unaccompanied by drainage and just have sinus pressure/pain. ...Read more

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I have a green runny nose that comes and goes after a week of finishing my sinus infection pills?

I have a green runny nose that comes and goes after a week of finishing my sinus infection pills?

See doctor again: Need to check with your doctor or an ENT perhaps the antibiotic was not the right kind or not taken long enough. Another possibility is that there may be something obstructing the openings of your sinuses making it difficult to treat. ...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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I had a maxillary cyst removed in August 2013 ever since then I've had blocked runny nose and sinus infection only on right side what do you think?

I had a maxillary cyst removed in August 2013 ever since then I've had blocked runny nose and sinus infection only on right side what do you think?

Where was cyst?: If the cyst was on the right side and you are still symptomatic, I would return to your surgeon and discuss the problem. Without seeing your nose and or a CAT scan of your sinuses, I can only suggest that your symptoms are consistent with chronic sinusitis. ...Read more

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Cant swallow, keep sneezing, runny nose, after sinus infection am I dieing :' (?

Cant swallow, keep sneezing, runny nose, after sinus infection am I dieing :' (?

Sick!: So sorry you are still sick. Your ability to fight off infection is greatly reduced because of the cigarette smoking. It affects the cilia in your nasal passages. You must stop and let your body heal. ...Read more

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Does having green boogers all of a sudden with no clear runny nose beforehand indicate a sinus infection?

Does having green boogers all of a sudden with no clear runny nose beforehand indicate a sinus infection?

No: Oftentimes, nasal mucus dries up in the nose and present with a yellowish or greenish color. Still, even if it's thick mucus, it does not suggest a sinus infection without other painful symptoms. You can get same thick mucus when you have early stage cold.. ...Read more

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Treated for strep and sinus infection. I am still congested, runny nose, coughing and have a rattle in my chest when I breathe as well as tightness.

Treated for strep and sinus infection. I am still congested, runny nose, coughing and have a rattle in my chest when I breathe as well as tightness.

Upper respiratory: Persistent upper respiratory symptoms is usually post infection reactive airways (resolving inflammation) or may have allergic sinusitis (may need short steroid course) ...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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My 1 year old seems to have an upset stomach & is lethargic. No fever, has runny nose & sinus infection. Also spit up 2x-no appetite. What can I do?

See a doctor: These symptoms are quite nonspecific but in a 1 year old could be the start of a serious condition. In kids this age, lethargy and no appetite are more alarming than a high fever, and should be promptly investigated. ...Read more

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My baby was diagnosed with a sinus infection a week ago but now he's got runny nose and sneezing and at night canr breathe. Is he worse?

My baby was diagnosed with a sinus infection a week ago but now he's got runny nose and sneezing and at night canr breathe. Is he worse?

Sinus inf in baby: If your baby is owrse in the symptoms he or she is having then it probably is. You should talk to your pediatrician. Some sinus infections are viral&don't need antibiotics & do get beter on their own, however if the baby is worse the doctor should be able to tell you what else you can do after the exam. ...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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My son is 9 years old has a history of sinusitis and allergies he has been up for 24 hours with sneezing and runny nose, could it be a sinus infection?

My son is 9 years old has a history of sinusitis and allergies he has been up for 24 hours with sneezing and runny nose, could it be a sinus infection?

Not Benadryl (diphenhydramine): There are far better AND SAFER antihistamines which will not make him dopey. Claratin, Allegra, and Zyrtec are less expensive if you look for the generics. OTC NASACORT (triamcinolone) is more effective, can be used with antihistamine or by itself. Antibiotics are not appropriate unless there is fever and pain. ...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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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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Had right side maxillary cyst removed 2013 all was fine until I started getting a constant runny/blocked nose and sinus infection after another?

Had right side maxillary cyst removed 2013 all was fine until I started getting a constant runny/blocked nose and sinus infection after another?

Sinusitis: Unfortunately, just because you had a maxillary sinus cyst removed does not stop you from having issues with allergies and/or recurrent sinusitis. You need to have a thorough allergy evaluation and should be sure that you are being given appropriate antibiotic and adjunctive therapy to help reduce or eliminate sinus infections. You should see an ENT/allergy doctor for thorough evaluation. ...Read more

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Do I have cold or sinus infection? Runny/stuffy nose, itchy scratchy throat, top right teeth seem sore, and my front right tooth has become super sensitive to temperature over night, now I seem to be feeling very cold, a dry cough and very chapped lips

Maybe both: But usually when sinuses get infected the upper teeth become sore, the infection in the sinus can creat pressure which can push against the root of the teeth hence the sensitivity and soreness. The rest of your question I hope an md can answer! Hope you feel better soon! ...Read more

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Sinus infection twice followed by sneezing, runny nose chest pain swollen glands, hacking cough with thick green, white, dark yellow mucus. Cold?

Probably sinus: Your history suggests that you may be suffering from nasal congestion (most likely from allergies) leading to obstruction of the sinus drainage and then infection. Controlling the nasal congestion would be the first step (visit an allergist?). Later on a CT sinus and/or immune work-up may be pursued if indicated. ...Read more

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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

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Should I exercise/ do sports if I have a stuffy nose and sinus infection?

Should I exercise/ do sports if I have a stuffy nose and sinus infection?

Should be safe..: As long as you don't have systemic symptoms like fever and as long as you can breathe clearly.

On the other hand, if you truly have pink eye as described in your profile, you should stay home until your symptoms clear up, as this is highly contagious.

Best wishes. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Rhinitis (Definition)

This is a symptomatic disorder of the nose characterized by inflamed nasal mucosa. Groupings of rhinitis exist triggered by infection, allergy, non-allergic triggers/exposure, meds, immune disorder, and/or structural problems in the nose. Symptoms can include itching, sneezing, congestion, watery/mucoid drainage, post-nasal drainage with sore throat, ear ...Read more


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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