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Cold Virus Vs 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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Multiple viruses, ear infection, sinus infection, over past 6 weeks. Done antibios. How long till my ears stopped feeling blocked? Concerned.
1yr old with rattle/phlem sound in chest, slight cough, no other symptoms.Can it be formula, teething or virus?Had recent sinus infection.Is it serious?
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
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
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
Possibly: Colds can alter the normal anatomy of sinuses and create an environment of secondary infection. ...Read more
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
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
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
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?
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
My bf cannot get a cold. I had a cold that is now a sinus infection for about 3 days worst sinus infection i've had. Is the cold still contagious?
Contagious?: You could still be contagious. I would wait until you are starting to feel a good deal better. ...Read more
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
There is difference: Most people do not transmit sinus infections; most clinicians agree that except for rare instances, sinus infections are not contagious expect in rare cases. A person infected with a cold virus may be contagious for two to three days before any symptoms appear and remain so until he or she doesn't show any symptoms. This is a period of up to two weeks or so. ...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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