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Is it serious if x-rays show the nasal sinus cavities completely opaque and I have very thick almost glue-like mucous that is hard to blow out?

Is it serious if x-rays show the nasal sinus cavities completely opaque and I have very thick almost glue-like mucous that is hard to blow out?

Glue-like nasal mucu: It is not serious that the x-rays show complete opacification. This finding is not specific for diagnosis of a sinus infection. Primary therapy should focus on alleviating nasal inflammation and thinning and improving mucus flow. This includes a mucus thinner like guafenasin, saline nasal rinses, increasing hydration and use a nasal steroid like flonase. Managing allergy symptoms is critical. ...Read more

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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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What food should I avoid or take if I have mucus / slight sinus?

What food should I avoid or take if I have mucus / slight sinus?

Healthy diet: Unless you have specific allergy to a particular food, avoiding or taking particular food will not affect the mucus. For the sake of your health take fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains; less saturated fats, no tobacco and no more than one drink a day; and exercise at least 150 minutes/week. ...Read more

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Constant feel of excess mucus, I've tried sinus rinses and that doesn't even help?

Constant feel of excess mucus, I've tried sinus rinses and that doesn't even help?

Allergies?: You could have allergies, a sinus infection, or even an unusual case of acid reflux. Would recommend a trip to your pcp to be evaluated. May need a specialist referral as well if simple approaches not effective. Quit smoking (if you do) as this can make sinus issues worse. Otc sinus and allergy meds may help with mucus. You can continue the saline rinses for now to help keep sinuses clear. ...Read more

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I don't have cough but IV had sticky white mucus for 2 years now. Had sinus scan, nothing wrong. Need help, can't live like this anymore.

I don't have cough but IV had sticky white mucus for 2 years now. Had sinus scan, nothing wrong. Need help, can't live like this anymore.

Throat mucus: Are you in an excessively dry environment from air conditioning or dry heat at home, in work or in school.? You may also be allergic to something in your environment like dust collecting articles. To thin out the mucus, drink at least 2 quarts of noncaffeinated liquids daily. Irrigate your nasal passages with salt water and, if needed, take some Guaifenesin which liquifies mucus. ...Read more

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What can cause clear mucus from sinus and nasal sores?

What can cause clear mucus from sinus and nasal sores?

Allergies: Given the time of year and the fact that your mucous is clear/white, you probably are having mild allergy symptoms or you could have caught a cold. Either way, rinse your nose with saline and you might want to try an anti-histamine. They are all over-the-counter. ...Read more

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What is causing a bitter taste of the mucus coming from sinus?

What is causing a bitter taste of the mucus coming from sinus?

Post nasal drip: Viral, bacterial or allergic response. Please get examined to determine the cause. ...Read more

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How normal would it be for someone who has allergies to have mucus and sinus build up?

How normal would it be for someone who has allergies to have mucus and sinus build up?

Yes: The release of mediators (chemicals) triggered by allergic reactions often stimulates mucus production and nasal congestion ...Read more

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Hey, I have been getting these weird small jelly balls like clear mucus coming out of my sinus and then coughed out. Any idea?

Mucus: This appears to be mucus plugs which may be due to excessively dry conditions like too much air conditioning. A sinus infection is less likely a cause unless you recently had a prolonged head cold. In this case the mucus is usually discolored yellow or greenish and there may be associated nasal congestion and headache ...Read more

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What do you do for a sinus infection with mucus?

What do you do for a sinus infection with mucus?

Need Antibiotics: Sinuses are air filled spaces that surround the nasal cavity, if infection gets in these cavities than you have sinus infection. If you have sinus infection you need to see your doctor to make sure you have sinus infection and if so, you will need to be treated with proper course of antibiotics. So consult your doctor. ...Read more

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Is it possible that it is a sinus infection even if my mucus is not discolored all the time?

Yes: Normally a sinus infection has discolored drainage but clear drainage is also possible. An infection depends on the symptoms over time. Viral and bacterial symptoms are very similar. Even most bacterial infections clear without antibiotics. Consider antibiotics if symptoms worsening after 10-14 days, or persist more than 3-4 weeks. Most virus all infections clear after 10-14 days. ...Read more

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What does the word endatemous really mean. I got my xray done to check sinus. It said that the mucus membranes were endatemous?

What does the word endatemous really mean. I got my xray done to check sinus. It said that the mucus membranes were endatemous?

Mucosal thickening: "Edematous" can mean swollen, but technically suggests there is extra fluid in the tissues. In the context of the sinuses, this term is a bit imprecise. Mucosal "thickening" is the preferred term, as there are many possible causes that don't necessarily involve "edema." this thickening may indicate some inflammation or infection in the sinuses or a problem with sinus drainage. ...Read more

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I sometimes notice a slight crackling sound in my voice when speaking in a low register or humming. I can't tell if this is from mucus /sinus rattiling?

I sometimes notice a slight crackling sound in my voice when speaking in a low register or humming. I can't tell if this is from mucus /sinus rattiling?

Hoarse voice: This is likely due to inflammation of your vocal cords. This could be due to post-nasal drip from allergy or upper respiratory infection. If this worsens or persist for more that a week then you should seek evaluation from your family physician. ...Read more

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Can a sinus infection cause blood in mucus?

Absolutely.: This is not an uncommon finding. If your symptoms persist you should be evaluated as you may need antibiotic treatment as well as decongestants and antihistamines. ...Read more

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I don't have a sinus infection, but I have smelly, green mucus. What could it be?

And your proof: That it is not an infection? Allergy, autoimmunity may cause inflammation, but green slime sounds like infection, either bacteria or fungi. Get a culture and post the proof. See an ENT doc for management, possibly including surgical exploration and drainage. ...Read more

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Can a septal spur cause excessive mucus secretions and/or sinus problems? Particularly of the ethmoid sinuses?

Can a septal spur cause excessive mucus secretions and/or sinus problems? Particularly of the ethmoid sinuses?

Possible: Any anatomical deformity may affect sinus drainage,hence create sinus problems, need to consult an ENT. ...Read more

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Sinus completely blocked, can't smell or taste anything. Very thick bright yellow green mucus, headache, 4days what should I do?

Sinusitis: It sounds like you have sinusitis. You should see your primary care physician for further evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Dr suspects Supraorbital Neuralgia but how do I know it's not just a sinus issue? I'm not draining anything color just white thick mucus.

Imaging scan: One easy way to tell is to do a CT of the sinuses (MRI can also be done but might be overkill). If there is significant inflammation or buildup then sinusitis can still be a possibility. However, if you are a person with issues of chronic sinusitis, then the CT of the sinuses may not be very specific and may indicate a chronic non-symptomatic finding. ...Read more

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Feeling lightheaded all day for two days. Cutting back smoking and coughing mucus. Could this be a side effect? Sinus issue? How to stop it

Feeling lightheaded all day for two days. Cutting back smoking and coughing mucus. Could this be a side effect? Sinus issue? How to stop it

Nicotine withdrawal: These are a temporary symptom, but it can be uncomfortable while it lasts. The common symptoms are sore throat, tightness in the chest, coughing and dizziness. If concerned talk to your PCP about smoking cessation methods and medications. Good luck. ...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

Mucus (Definition)

Like material that functions to moisten and protect inner body surfaces. The viscous slippery substance that consists chiefly of mucin, water, cells, and inorganic salts and that is secreted as a protective lubricant coating by the cells and glands of the mucous membranes. The free slime of the mucous membranes, composed of secretion of the glands, various salts, ...Read more