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Doctor insights on: Cold Virus Vs Sinus Infection

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Do people ever get a virus while having a sinus infection?

Do people ever get a virus while having a sinus infection?

Infx caused by virus: A majority of sinusitis infections are caused by viruses (e.g.Rhinovirus). Since antibiotics only treat bacterial infections, they are useless against virus infections. In fact, the time it takes to feel better after taking an antibiotic, is the same as the patient who didn't take an antibiotic. In many cases, your immune system will take care of it; supportive management is all that is needed. ...Read more

Dr. Katharine Cox
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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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Whays the difference between a sinus infection and a virus?

Whays the difference between a sinus infection and a virus?

Sinusitis: A virus is a type of organism that is capable of causing an infection, including one in the sinuses. A sinus infection (sinusitis) is the condition in which something is producing inflammation in your sinuses. Hope this makes it clear. ...Read more

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Is it oversimplification to say sinus infection are either viral or bacterial? Can they be both? Like existing minor bacterial get worse w virus?

Is it oversimplification to say sinus infection are either viral or bacterial? Can they be both? Like existing minor bacterial get worse w virus?

Sinus infections: By far the most common cause of sinus infections are viruses. In very few cases (0.5-2%) bacterial infection may follow a viral infection. In individuals with altered immunity we sometimes also see invasive fungal infections. Management conservative (fluids, analgesics, saline drops, decongestants) unless symptoms persist >10d; hi fever (>102f/ 39c) or respiratory symptoms start..Then see ur doc. ...Read more

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Multiple viruses, ear infection, sinus infection, over past 6 weeks. Done antibios. How long till my ears stopped feeling blocked? Concerned.

Multiple viruses, ear infection, sinus infection, over past 6 weeks. Done antibios. How long till my ears stopped feeling blocked? Concerned.

Decongestant: You may need to be treated with a decongestant and these can be obtained otc. Begin with Pseudoephedrine and can also use oxymetozaline spray, but be careful to limit the latter to only a day or two. Check with your friendly pharmacist for the product names. ...Read more

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Have had head virus and sinus infection for two weeks, 16 months old daughter is also sick and nursing constantly. Started pushing around in my armpits and finally felt some bilateral oblong, soft movable lumps about 2-4 mm. Lymph nodes?

Have had head virus and sinus infection for two weeks, 16 months old daughter is also sick and nursing constantly. Started pushing around in my armpits and finally felt some bilateral oblong, soft movable lumps about 2-4 mm. Lymph nodes?

See doctor: About 10% of the people end up with a bacterial sinusitis after a cold and thus with symptoms lasting for 2 weeks, your sinuses are likely infected. However the armpit node swelling may be a residual of the viral infection or from something other than the sinusitis. You should bring this up with your doctor when you see him/her. ...Read more

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I had mono went back to the doctor and she didn't see a virus anymore.I still feel dizzy with hearing loss could this be a sinus infection from mono?

I had mono went back to the doctor and she didn't see a virus anymore.I still feel dizzy with hearing loss could this be a sinus infection from mono?

Dizzy, hearing loss: Those issues may be somewhat unrelated to mononucleosis. If you had upper respiratory symptoms with the mono, then may be related. I would suggest seeing an otolaryngologist at this point to sort things our further, get a good head/neck exam, and possibly hearing testing. ...Read more

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How to treat cold & sinus infection?

How to treat cold & sinus infection?

Wait: The zinc in coldeze may shorten the duration of a cold by a day or so. Symptomatic treatment will make you feel better. Throat lozenges for sore throat, pseudephedrine for nasal congestion, Robitussin-DM for cough and tylenol (acetaminophen) for pain and discomfort when needed are what i recommend. There is no curative medical treatment but wait 7 days and it will be gone. ...Read more

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Are frequent colds signs and symptoms of sinus infection?

Are frequent colds signs and symptoms of sinus infection?

Possibly: Colds can alter the normal anatomy of sinuses and create an environment of secondary infection. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a head cold vs sinus infection?

Sinus infection/cold: Head cold gives you congestion in nose and feeling of sore throat and low grade fever with and without headache and usually gets better without treatment in less than a week.Sinus infection can be from viruses or bacteria and can cause persitant headache, congestion in sinuses, high fever, and may need t be treated with antibiotics for 10 to 14 days in some caes where you suspect bacterial infection. ...Read more

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Can a sinus infection cause you to get cold sores and dizzyness and feel hot then cold?

Can a sinus infection cause you to get cold sores and dizzyness and feel hot then cold?

Yes and no: You generally get cold sores when your immune system is down. A sinus infection can tax your immune system, . So they are an indirect cause. ...Read more

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I've had a bad sinus infection for about a week. Now i'm coughing when i drink cold water?

I've had a bad sinus infection for about a week. Now i'm coughing when i drink cold water?

You may be congested: If you're still recovering from your sinus infection, you might still be congested. So usually when you swallow, it's difficult to breathe at the same time, and you may end up coughing with your post nasal drip, if you're still having thick discharge and sputum. See you doctor, if the discharge has become colored, and if you are coughing more often. ...Read more

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Everytime i start working out again i end up getting sick (like a head cold or sinus infection). Why is this?

Everytime i start working out again i end up getting sick (like a head cold or sinus infection). Why is this?

See below: If working out at gym, may be frequently exposed to infections from sick people handling equipment & transferring germs to it; u use equipment, touch eyes or nose, & get infected. May also be working out so hard that you're lowering body's resistance to infection. Make certain you're getting adequate vitamin c, b vitamins, zinc, vitamin d. Wash hands frequently or wipe off equipment 2 sterilize. ...Read more

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I have a severe sinus infection from a cold. Can I take allegra (fexofenadine) D and laratadine in the same day?

I have a severe sinus infection from a cold. Can I take allegra (fexofenadine) D and laratadine in the same day?

Layering a-histamine: Shouldn't have any problem taking these two together, though you are duplicating antihistamine coverage. Allergra (fexofenadine) and loratadine together would have a low risk of sedation or over-drying, and the "D" is a decongestant, unrelated and possibly helpful in its own right. However, antihistamines persay would not be expected to do anything for a sinus infection. ...Read more

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Desperate - my ability to taste sweets has been gone for almost a week. I have a bad cold or sinus infection. When will normal taste return?

Desperate - my ability to taste sweets has been gone for almost a week. I have a bad cold or sinus infection. When will normal taste return?

After sinus recovers: It is not uncommon to lose taste function with a sinus infection and I would expect the function will return once the sinus infection becomes under control However be sure you are getting the right antibiotic for the sinus. ...Read more

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I am not sure if i have a sinus infection but my cold is really bothersome. I have been experiencing blood in mucus in the last couple of days. ?

Nasal spray Or ENT: This could definitely be a sinus infection. Try using an over the counter nasal spray like Afrin or Dristan or generic with Oxymetazoline. Use 3 puffs in each nostril 3 times a day for a week. You could also try oral decongestants to help open up the sinus passages. If you are not completely better in 7-10 days you shouid really see an Ear Nose Throat (ENT) doctor. ...Read more

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Please tell me what to do if you have a cold or sinus infection?

Different coditions: require different therapies. a cold usually resolves by itself. Always good to drink plenty of fluids. A sinus infection may not go away unless you treat with antibiotics ...Read more

Dr. Scott Keith
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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


Virus (Definition)

A virus is a small infectious agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses can infect all types of organisms, from animals and plants ...Read more