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Dr. Andrew Seibert
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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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Chronic sinus pressure/headache. Went went to ENT he said my left nostril has extremely small openings. What do that mean? On top I have swelling

Chronic sinus pressure/headache. Went went to ENT he said my left nostril has extremely small openings. What do that mean? On top I have swelling

Sinus pain/pressure: The openings for drainage from the sinuses r quite small (see image). Inflammation from infxn or allergies can further reduce size of these passages or even block them completely. If decongestants (sudafed, xxx-d) don't work well enough, surgery may b needed to widen the passages. Ent surgeons do that kind of surgery. Discuss with your ENT if surgery is necessary. ...Read more

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Can chronic sinusitis cause throat swelling sensation and fullness and shortness of breath?

Can chronic sinusitis cause throat swelling sensation and fullness and shortness of breath?

Not necessarily: Chronic rhinosinusitis can lead to an asthma flare, and a sense of sinus fullness. However, if you are having throat swelling, it can be due to angioedema or to a severe allergic reaction. You should see an allergist as soon as possible. If it happens again, go to your emergency room - this can be life threatening. ...Read more

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Can chronic sinusitis cause throat swelling sensation and difficulty swallowing? How do I treat chronic sinusitis?

Can chronic sinusitis cause throat swelling sensation and difficulty swallowing? How do I treat chronic sinusitis?

? Reflux: If you have a clear nose and no sinus pain, gastroesophageal reflux could be the cause. Treated reflux can clear symptoms. Check with your physician. ...Read more

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I've got swelling, burning, and aching only left side of face. Nose, tooth, eye. Could this be chronic sinusitis? Been going on a yr and 6months now

I've got swelling, burning, and aching only left side of face. Nose, tooth, eye. Could this be chronic sinusitis? Been going on a yr and 6months now

Eval: I can't tell you what this is. The only way to find out what is going on is by seeing your primary care for a complete evaluation and diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can chronic sinusitis cause throat swelling sensation, diffficulty swallowing and cause shortness of breathe if the patient has had it over 3 years?

Can chronic sinusitis cause throat swelling sensation, diffficulty swallowing and cause shortness of breathe if the patient has had it over 3 years?

No short-breadth!: Chronic sinusitis can cause post nasal drip and irritation of throat, and a feeling of something in the throat. If you are suffering from asthma, it could be triggered by sinus inflammation. However, if you are suffering from shortness of breath, please see your doctor for an evaluation. I hope this was helpful. ...Read more

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Can chronic sinusitis cause throat swelling sensation and difficulty swallowing if the patient has had it for about 3 years? If so, how can it treated

Can chronic sinusitis cause throat swelling sensation and difficulty swallowing if the patient has had it for about 3 years? If so, how can it treated

Yes it can: Patients with chronic sinusitis will frequently report symptoms such as these. These patients typically also have nasal congestion, facial pressure, and nasal drainage. Other conditions such as laryngeal reflux can cause very similar symptoms, so it is probably a good idea to be seen by your primary MD or an ENT to evaluate this. ...Read more

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What is chronic sinus disease?

What is chronic sinus disease?

Duration: Chronic sinusitis is sinus inflammation, infection, or disease lasting for longer than 90 days. Disease is vague, but usually we refer to inflammation or infection of the sinuses. ...Read more

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Chronic sinus drainage?

Chronic sinus drainage?

Pain: As a year long allergy sufferer, I can understand this problem first hand. Post nasal drip is annoying to you and frustrating to treat for us. Please humidify te air you breathe at night and try to keep your nose from getting stuffed up an inflammed. It may take weeks to settle down. ...Read more

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How can I treat chronic sinus flare ups that don't let me breath?

How can I treat chronic sinus flare ups that don't let me breath?

Maximal medical tx: "chronic sinusitis" is an episode of sinusitis that has been present for > three months. When I see patients with "chronic sinusitis, " I will treat them with a minimum of three weeks of antibiotics (augmentin), oral steroids (medrol dose pak), and nasal steroids (nasonex). I usually follow this with a ct of the sinuses. I do not use decongestants. This thickens secretions and may worsen symptoms. ...Read more

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Being a person with chronic sinus problems, is la a bad place to move?

Being a person with chronic sinus problems, is la a bad place to move?

Triggers?: It depends on what your triggers are for your allergies/sinus problems. If they environmental things like smog, la may not be a good choice. If cold, dry weather is your nemesis, la would be a great choice. Not enough people find out what causes their symptoms and use avoidance. Talk with allergist or ENT about identifying what sets you off - if it's your dog and he is moving to la with you -oops! ...Read more

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I hav had chronic sinus for 15 years. No medication works. What could b wrong?

I hav had chronic sinus for 15 years. No medication works. What could b wrong?

Chronic sinus: Hello. It sounds line you would benefit from a ct scan and an ENT evaluation. It may be related to narrow sinus outflow tracts and/or allergies. ...Read more

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Chronic sinus problems. Nothing seems to work, not even the 'good stuff.' any suggestions?

Chronic sinus problems. Nothing seems to work, not even the 'good stuff.' any suggestions?

What is good stuff?: The treatment of chronic sinusitis is generally nasal antiinflammatory sprays, allergy meds if called for, corticosteroid medications and antibiotics. If none of those work, a ct sinus is obtained. If there is a narrowing of the sinus passageways they can be opened minimally invasively as an in office procedure. Polyps need surgical treatment. Find a local ENT to consult with. ...Read more

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What are the best remedies for chronic sinus disease?

What are the best remedies for chronic sinus disease?

Depends: The cause of the chronic sinus condition would be essential to know. The best thing you could do is to find an ENT doctor and let them assess you. Sometimes surgery is indicated, sometimes correcting the condition which precipitates the sinus inflammation is the way to go. Best wishes for a successful outcome. ...Read more

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How can I best take care of a chronic sinus condition?

How can I best take care of a chronic sinus condition?

Surgery: Chronic sinus disease that does not respond adequately to medical treatment can be helped with surgery. See an ent. ...Read more

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Can chronic sinus and allergy trouble cause kerotoconjunctivitis sicca?

Can chronic sinus and allergy trouble cause kerotoconjunctivitis sicca?

No: Keratoconjunctivitis sicca is usually due to inadequate tear production from lacrimal hyposecretion or to excessive tear evaporation. Allergic conjunctivitis usually presents with eye itching and watering. Aging is one of the most common causes of dry eyes because tear production decreases with age. Certain medications and contact lenses have also been implicated. ...Read more

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What can I do to treat my severe chronic sinus headaches? Otc medications don't work for me.

What can I do to treat my severe chronic sinus headaches? Otc medications don't work for me.

Sinus headache: If you have chronic sinus headaches they could be allergic or infection. See your dr and get proper diagnoses and treatment please. ...Read more

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I have chronic sinus issues I swear....I don't think its allergies can u give me any info why I have so much sinus trouble. Thanks?

I have chronic sinus issues I swear....I don't think its allergies can u give me any info why I have so much sinus trouble. Thanks?

Need evaluations: You need to have some evaluation with allergy testing by blood tests, it may be just irritation in your surrounding, not necessary an allergen in which ige is elevated. You may need x-ray of sinus to see any septum deviation that may cause some problems of your sinus. ...Read more

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Does untreated chronic sinusitis cause sinus cancer?

Does untreated chronic sinusitis cause sinus cancer?

No: But untreated chronic sinusitis can make you feel miserable. It can give you chronic runny nose, reduced smell and pressure like pain. ...Read more

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Can allergic sinusitis lead to chronic sinus problem for a 3 year old child?

Can allergic sinusitis lead to chronic sinus problem for a 3 year old child?

No: Children don't develop sinuses until around age 8, so no sinus to get infected or have'sinusitis' before that. A 3 year old just has a lot of colds (normal) and maybe some allergies. ...Read more

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When you have chronic sinus are you supposed to have pressure in the back of your head?

Chronic sinusitis: You may have pain in the base of the skull if your frontal sinuses are affected, the ones above your eyes, this is referred neurological pain. Get your sinus problem under control and the pain will go away. See an allergist or ent. ...Read more

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What could cause my chronic sinus infection?

Not always infection: Chronic sinusitis is symptoms persisting for three or more months. Symptoms are congestion, drainage, facial discomfort, reduced smell. Causes are bacterial, allergic, nonallergic inflammation, structural, dental, medication side effects, environmental, and from a systemic disorder. There is not an easy answer. Suggest ENT evaluation. ...Read more

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What causes rid of a chronic 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

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What should I do about a chronic sinus infection?

What should I do about a chronic sinus infection?

See an ENT: Regardless, whether it's acute or chronic, sinusitis is painful and wearying. For chronic sinusitis, antibiotics and nasal corticosteroids and nasal irrigation are the main treatments. If refractory surgery to be considered. See an ENT for evaluation, rhinoscopy, imaging and treatment. ...Read more

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Can chronic sinus problems cause extreme hoarseness?

Can chronic sinus problems cause extreme hoarseness?

No: Although chronic sinusitis can cause many symptoms in the airway, severe hoarseness is not usually one of them. When I have patients with severe hoarseness I am concerned about reflux and about vocal abuse and poor vocal technique far more than I'm concerned about sinus problems. ...Read more

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How to differentiate between Allergy symptoms vs. Chronic sinusitis symptoms. (Because sometimes allergy is the cause behind sinus problems!!)?

How to differentiate between Allergy symptoms vs. Chronic sinusitis symptoms. (Because sometimes allergy is the cause behind sinus problems!!)?

Allergies/sinusitis: It can be difficult to differentiate. Allergy symptoms usually are runny nose, sneezing, itchy watery eyes, nasal congestion, itchy and irritated throat. Chronic sinusitis is mostly thick discharge, nasal congestion and sinus pressure. Ultimately, it may be necessary to see an ENT allergist or Allergy/immunologist to do thorough history exam, possibly imaging and allergy testing. ...Read more

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Hi. I am breastfeeding but struggling with chronic sinus, I am using Sinupret but its not really helping much, is there any other medicine I can try?

Hi. I am breastfeeding but struggling with chronic sinus, I am using Sinupret but its not really helping much, is there any other medicine I can try?

Sinupret: Sinupret is a herbal remedy containing sorrel herb, elder flower, primula flower, verbena herb and gentian root. The ingredients are safe with breastfeeding. Saline nasal rinse twice a day using a neti pot is another alternative for sinus symptoms that is compatible with breastfeeding. If you are not getting relief with the saline washes, you need to be seen by a doctor. ...Read more

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Chronic sinus issues for years. Polyps, opacification of mult sinus, etc. Three surgeries in ten years. After1 year of CPAP, all's clear. Huh?! How?!

Chronic sinus issues for years. Polyps, opacification of mult sinus, etc. Three surgeries in ten years. After1 year of CPAP, all's clear. Huh?! How?!

Better ventilation: Improved ventilation of sinuses from the positive pressure used during CPAP could be a possible explanation. Or perhaps the 3 surgeries that you have had are starting to have an effect on sinus drainage and allowing better clearance of secretions. ...Read more

Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


Dr. Franklyn Gergits
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Chronic Sinusitis (Definition)

A common condition in which the cavities around nasal passages (sinuses) become inflamed and swollen for at least 12 weeks. Also known as chronic rhinosinusitis, this condition interferes with drainage ...Read more