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What to do if I have head cold, sinus infection, allergies or combination?

What to do if I have head cold, sinus infection, allergies or combination?

Supportive Care: Most over the counter cold remedies have medications that should help with all these symptoms. If you have known allergies or highly suspect them, it would help if you can identify where you are getting exposed. Stay well hydrated. Most of these are self- limiting conditions and you should feel better once they run their course. ...Read more

Dr. James Dukelow
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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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When I blink my eye it gets blurry sometimes, can allergies cause this bc I have a sinus infection. And it hurts to press on my right eye?

When I blink my eye it gets blurry sometimes, can allergies cause this bc I have a sinus infection. And it hurts to press on my right eye?

See eye doctor: There are many things that can cause blurry vision. You need an eye exam by an eye doctor to sort this out. Sinus infections can cause some discomfort around the eyes but again you need to see a doctor to sort this out. Eye pain and blurry vision can be signs of a serious problem so please get an eye exam as soon as possible. ...Read more

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I think i may have a sinus infection i currently take cyproheptadine for my seasonal allergies... Will this same medication work for a sinus infection?

I think i may have a sinus infection i currently take cyproheptadine for my seasonal allergies... Will this same medication work for a sinus infection?

No: Cyproheptadine is an older and very sedating antihistamine. It is safe in pregnancy and is used to treat "cold induced" hives. There are many other (better) choices for allergies. That being said, it is very drying and could prolong your sinus infection. I would suggest you consider either doing nasal saline irrigations, add a mucous thinning agent, or take a decongestant instead. ...Read more

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How can you tell if you have a cold, a sinus infection or allergies?

How can you tell if you have a cold, a sinus infection or allergies?

Not easy: A cold is a runny nose and is caused by a rhino-virus. Occasionally chills and fever accompany this. Allergy may present with a runny nose, but is frequently accompanied by watery, itchy eyes and frequent sneezing. Sinusitis, is a more serious infection which can be caused by both a cold and allergy but is usually associated with pain and pressure in the face, headache and purulent nasal mucus. ...Read more

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How can you tell if you have a sinus infection or just bad allergies?

How can you tell if you have a sinus infection or just bad allergies?

Not easy: Since both may be associated with nasal congestion. Sinus infection however usually involves one side and may be associated with headaches, lightheadedness, and dark green nasal discharge from the involved side. Allergy usually involves both sides of the nose and may be associated with yellow but not dark green discharge. Itchy eyes is present point to allergy. ...Read more

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Will ginger root help with dizziness from sinus infection or allergies?

Will ginger root help with dizziness from sinus infection or allergies?

Possibly: Dizziness is a common symptom & often it's hard to find the cause. Neither sinus infections or allergies are common causes of dizziness: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dizziness/basics/causes/con-20023004 Ginger has been shown to help with dizziness from motion sickness.It may or may not help for other causes but is safe to try. Try to find cause. Acupuncture & homeopathy may help. ...Read more

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How to know if I have sinus allergies or a sinus infection?

How to know if I have sinus allergies or a sinus infection?

Symptoms: Allergy sneezing, runny nose , clear drainage watery eyes itchy eyes and nose no fever. Sinus infection tender sinus especially if in the maxilla ( cheek) or frontal in the forehead, thicker drainage possible fever possible thick sputum of color with cough ...Read more

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I have allergies or a sinus infection, what do you recommend?

I have allergies or a sinus infection, what do you recommend?

Sinusitis: Most sinus infections are viral and should be treated with over the counter decongestants and sinus rinses. If you have sinus pressure, thick nasal discharge, +/- fever for longer than 10 days, I recommend seeing a healthcare provider. If your resistance is low or you have recurrent sinus infections, you may have contracted a bacterial infection as well requiring antibiotics. ...Read more

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How do I tell the difference between an allergy and a sinus infection?

How do I tell the difference between an allergy and a sinus infection?

Tough to determine: On symptoms alone, but bacterial sinusitis is way overdiagnosed and some studies suggest that antibiotics don't hasten resolution that much anyway. If you've got to know, a sinus ct is as definitive as it gets. ...Read more

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Please tell me how long do I take medicine for a sinus infection and can I take it along with 24 hour allergy pill?

If you have actual: Sinus infection then you would usually be prescribed antibiotics and would take the complete course of medication. ...Read more

Dr. Katharine Cox
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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


Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more