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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

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Dr. Erik Borncamp
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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?

Not always: You can technically go directly to a sinus infection, without having clear drainage first. Without getting a culture from your sinuses, it can be challenging to diagnose a sinus infection. Some studies say that you need at least two symptoms to more convincingly diagnose this: green/yellow (purulent) drainage, facial pressure or pain, congestion. ...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

Allergies: Seasonal allergies can present with symptoms of congestion, sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes. Spring time in the north east can be problematic for seasonal allergy sufferers. Upper respiratory infections (the common cold) and sinus infections present differently, usually involve a fever and a general feeling of unwell versus seasonal allergies which cause congestion in otherwise well patients. ...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 hes 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 hes 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

Dr. Corey Clay
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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


Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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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