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Causes Of Sinus Infection
Sinus Infections: Sinus infections may have multiple contributing factors in many patients. These include allergy, deviated septums, nasal polyps, under-treated previous infections, hypothyroidism, gerd, warts, tumors, viruses, etc. Ent sub-specialists often are often best qualified to sort all this out and formulate a treatment plan. ...Read more
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
Antibiotics: Normal treatment of a sinus infection is a 7 day course of antibiotics, decongestants and drinking plenty of fluids. Nasal inhalation of steam and salt water irrigations can help alot as well. ...Read more
Lots of things: Anything that clogs the nose can block the sinuses. Common causes of nasal swelling include upper respiratory tract infections (colds) and allergies. Once the sinuses cannot drain, bacteria can accumulate in the sinuses and increase in large enough numbers to cause the symptoms of infection. The bacteria can come from various sources, including the nasopharyx and the adenoids that reside there. ...Read more
Usually viruses but: Recurring sinus infections are more often due to virus(and not bacteria)..They can be caused by frequent exposure to others who have respiratory infections(ie, teachers, students) ;or having underlying allergies; have some "anatomic" issues with your nasal and sinus passages; or rarely a "minor" immune problem. See an allergist for a careful evaluation. There are many good treatment options. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sinusitis + allergy: Allergies are one of the commonest causes of sinusitis, or sinus infections. This happens because nasal allergies make the membranes inside the nasal cavity and sinus cavities swell. When they swell, they block the tiny openings that connect the sinus cavity to the nasal cavity and bacteria trapped behind the blocked openings or ostia, then grow very numerous; next, your body sends white cells. ...Read more
Rhinosinusitis: The lining of the nose and sinuses is contiguous. The most common causes of swelling of this lining include both allergic and non allergic rhinitis, as well as infectious and inflammatory issues. Nonallergic causes may include dry air, smoke, perfumes, dust, temperature changes, etc. See your doctor for an assessment and treatment. ...Read more
Many possible: Leaving bladder full without urinating after sex, bubble-bath +/or tub baths rather than taking showers, thongs +/or non-cotton underwear, sub-optimal toilet hygiene by not wiping front to back or keeping thighs together + trapping urine in vagina with voiding, chronic constipation, menopause, bladder stone/s and poor nutrition. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Varied: Infections may present very subtly in the elderly. At times the only symptom maybe poor oral intake or confusion. The typical sinusitis symptoms of facial pain, fever and purulent nasal drainage maybe less or absent; there usually will be nasal congestion and drainage; there maybe a cough. If there was a nasogastric tube for feeding , the incidence of sinusitis is higher ...Read more
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
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