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Been having draining sinuses (spitting mucus, stuffy nose, asthma flare ups) after breathing in smoke from burning wood outside for <5 seconds. Why?

Been having draining sinuses (spitting mucus, stuffy nose, asthma flare ups) after breathing in smoke from burning wood outside for <5 seconds. Why?

Irritating: Smoke is very irritating to one's airways since it contains multiple chemicals, resins, aside from the ash. Why do you think firemen always wear a mask when fighting fire? ...Read more

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Sinuses (Definition)

Sinuses are air filled spaces in the head that have several proposed functions: 1. They serve as shock absorbers in cases of head trauma 2. Lighten the skull 3. Humidify and filter the air while also producing mucus 4. Play a role in vocal resonance. The head contains 4 paired sinus cavities: maxillaries (cheek) under the eyes, ethmoids(between the eyes), frontals (above ...Read more


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Rotten egg taste draining from sinuses?

Rotten egg taste draining from sinuses?

See below: This is a problem that requires a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. In that meeting, your doctor will listen to you, perform a throrough examination and possibly order labs or other tests. Based on this information, he/she will be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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Trying to drain my sinuses with neti-pot. Is it advisable?

Trying to drain my sinuses with neti-pot. Is it advisable?

Absolutely: Netti-pot usage is designed to take foreign materials out of the sinus cavity when they are not being drained adequately by normal physiologic responses. Allergens, infected exudates, coagulated materials, etc, can be swept out and improve symptoms and illness without significant risk or cost. ...Read more

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I have the common cold and it is causing a horrible sinus headache. What are some home remedies to drain the sinuses?

I have the common cold and it is causing a horrible sinus headache. What are some home remedies to drain the sinuses?

Umcka/ irrigation: This is not exactly a "home remedy" but the herb pellargonium sidoides (sold as umcka) is proven to work well (whereas research shows antibiotics seldom help). Irrigation with salt water & xylitol can also help- see http://fauquierent.Blogspot.Com/2011/12/how-to-make-xylitol-nasal-flush-at-home.Html for other ideas see http://www.Earthclinic.Com/cures/sinus_infection1.Html#acv. ...Read more

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I was sick for the last two weeks, sinuses felt packed and I felt drained. Now sinuses are ok but I still have this bad throat soreness like a ball in the back of my throat behind my nose. I've tried a neti pot, mucinex, Zyrtec and Flonase. I don't know w

I was sick for the last two weeks, sinuses felt packed and I felt drained. Now sinuses are ok but I still have this bad throat soreness like a ball in the back of my throat behind my nose. I've tried a neti pot, mucinex, Zyrtec and Flonase. I don't know w

A bit more time..: Not sure whether your main complaint was congestion (inability to breathe through the nose) or facial pain/pressure. I's not uncommon for a true sinusitis to take 3 weeks or even more to clear. Saline nasal rinse is always a good choice but if symptoms persist (or worsen) may be time to see your doctor or an ENT. ...Read more

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Rotten egg taste draining from my sinuses?

Rotten egg taste draining from my sinuses?

Infection: A foul tasting odor from the back of your throat could easily be an infected sinus. I'd see your physician for an evaluation. Most times an antibiotic can help this. If it's more chronic, i'd see an otolaryngologist. ...Read more

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Do my sinuses drain into my lungs?

Do my sinuses drain into my lungs?

Possibly: If you have sinus drainage, while yo sleep you can aspirate this drainage into your lungs causing bronchitis or pneumonia. ...Read more

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I wake up some mornings with a lot of mucus draining from my sinuses and also coughing up mucus. This time there was a tiny bit of brite red blood to.?

I wake up some mornings with a lot of mucus draining from my sinuses and also coughing up mucus. This time there was a tiny bit of brite red blood to.?

Post-nasal mucus: Build up of mucus in post-nasal area over night is very common, particularly in urban, high smog areas. If chronic, would allow hot water from shower or hot compress over sink to soak frontal face area t help loosen the mucus and blow it out. Avoid inhalant irritants or allergy causes in environment. Blood in mucus could be part of same. Would definitely see pcp or ENT for evaluation. ...Read more

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I was squatting over the toliet to use public restroom and I was wondering was my sinuses draining cuz clear fluid came out of my nose.. ?

I was squatting over the toliet to use public restroom and I was wondering was my sinuses draining cuz clear fluid came out of my nose.. ?

Nasal drainage: You're right. Nasal mucous is usually thin and clear, so that's what you saw when you bent forward. Also, your tears drain into your nose, so if your eyes were tearing that may be what you noticed draining out. No worries. ...Read more