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How bad does my sinus infection have to be before I can have surgery?

How bad does my sinus infection have to be before I can have surgery?

Lifestyle: Indications for surgery: 1) chronic infection (>3 months not responding to maximal medical therapy); 2) recurrent sinusitis (3-4 infections per year - not responding to medical therapy. Surgey may also be indicated if you are having complications related to a sinus infection. 1&2 are relative indications... If two or three infections really wipe you out... Surgery may be indicated as well. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Griggs
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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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How long untill I start seeing improvement for persistent sinus infection I already had endioscopic surgery and the infection came back?

How long untill I start seeing improvement for persistent sinus infection I already had endioscopic surgery and the infection came back?

Ask your surgeon: The purposes of sinus surgery can be summarized in two words. Ventilation and drainage. That does not mean that you can not develop an infection in those same sinuses following a viral infection of the nose. It is impossible to really answer your question because we do not know how extensive your sinusitis or surgery was. Did you have polyps. They often recur. Check with your surgeon. ...Read more

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Can I have septoplasty, turb reduct, sinus balloon surgery while I have a sinus infection? Wbc = 15. Abx not helping.

Can I have septoplasty, turb reduct, sinus balloon surgery while I have a sinus infection? Wbc = 15. Abx not helping.

Sinuplasty: Balloon sinuplasty is indicated in the treatment of chronic sinusitis. Have you been treated for sinsusitis at all? Ask your surgeon if your diagnosis is chonric rhinosinusitis which is the only indication for balloon sinuplasty. ...Read more

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Day surgery in few days. Have sinus infection with some cough.

Day surgery in few days. Have sinus infection with some cough.

If elective: Surgery then let surgeon know. He/she will want you in the best shape possible to minimize any additional risks. ...Read more

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Could wisdom teeth surgery have damaged my sinus? I had a sinus infection for six months afterwards and reoccurring problems ever since.

Could wisdom teeth surgery have damaged my sinus? I had a sinus infection for six months afterwards and reoccurring problems ever since.

Sinus infection: A sinus infection follow a tooth extraction is certainly possible but not as likely with a third molar extraction due to the location of the tooth and proximity to the maxillary sinus. A ct scan could help determine is this is the case but the treatment for the infection would probably follow the same course either way. A ct scan and referral to an ENT would be recommended. ...Read more

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I had jaw surgery 7 wk ago. Postop complete dislocation of jaw, and chest & sinus infection. Now jaw very painful, swollen, 5cm opening & fatigued.

I had jaw surgery 7 wk ago. Postop complete dislocation of jaw, and chest & sinus infection. Now jaw very painful, swollen, 5cm opening & fatigued.

joint placement: It sounds to me as though a splint was used to register the teeth for surgery. It may have made it such that the joints were not in the proper place (glenoid fossa), and when it was removed, the joint jumped into the fossa and created the open bite. Infection likely coincidental. I was not there, so this is only conjecture based on 30 year experience. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you have a sinus infection and you can hear your heart beat in your ear? I had post op surgery on 3/30 for a deviated septum and my tonsils were removed.

What does it mean when you have a sinus infection and you can hear your heart beat in your ear? I had post op surgery on 3/30 for a deviated septum and my tonsils were removed.

This : This is called autophony and can occur when there is blockage of the eustachian tube opening in the nasopharynx creating a conductive hearing loss. A sinus infection typically causes post-nasal drainage resulting in inflammation and/or swelling around the tubal opening. Plugging your ears externally will often do the same thi ng and make you more aware of internal sounds. ...Read more

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Flight attendant get sinus infection every 2 months have deviated septum sinus surgery permanent or temporay fix?

Flight attendant get sinus infection every 2 months have deviated septum sinus surgery permanent or temporay fix?

Hopefully permanent: The goal of the sinus surgery would be to cut down significantly on the number of sinus infections you get. It's not a guarantee but it should definitely help. ...Read more

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Help ok so my mom has had a sinus infection for a month she has puss is her sinuses her eye is swollen weve tken her to the ER 3 time and shes had surgery for her sinuses and she has just pooped herself in bed when she was watching tv help please

Help ok so my mom has had a sinus infection for a month she has puss is her sinuses her eye is swollen weve tken her to the ER 3 time and shes had surgery for her sinuses and she has just pooped herself in bed when she was watching tv help please

Was : Was the sinus surgery performed after the eye became swollen in response to an orbital complication of sinus disease, or has the eye swelling followed the sinus surgery, and if so, what was the timing? An orbital complication of sinus disease is, at the very least, justification for sinus ct study and IV antibiotic therapy unless you are talking about very early pre-septal cellulitis. What was the evaluation performed in the er? How was she treated? Something doesn't add up if you have had to go to the er 3 times....Were symptoms getting worse? If so, i would think she would have been admitted for IV antibiotics and further treatment. ...Read more

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Ok my sinus infection is so bad that I can taste and smell it what is good to take for it ??

Ok my sinus infection is so bad that I can taste and smell it what is good to take for it ??

Bad sinusitis: Greetings, bad sinus infections need irrigation. First get a sinus rinse kit and wash the thick mucus and infection out. Afrin nasal spray may be used as directed x 5 days and no longer. This will help clear the infected material out of the sinuses so irrigation can continue to wash it away. Finally use ibuprofen 200 mg tabs if you are able 3-4 pills 3x/day with food x 10 days. This will help too. ...Read more

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My son has a sinus infection and on meds for it, but i can't get him to drink much and he's only went about 2oz in 24 hrs is this bad?

My son has a sinus infection and on meds for it, but i can't get him to drink much and he's only went about 2oz in 24 hrs is this bad?

Yes: Any kid should pee, no less than every 6-8 hours or it is evidence of dehydration. If in diapers it can be hard to tell, we weigh them at the hospital because the absorbent material drys it quick. If his output is really that low he needs to be seen tonight. ...Read more

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I think I'm just getting over a sinus infection. My sinus seem clear but everything I smell smells terribly bad. It's effecting my eating. What is it?

Maybe not: If you are smelling bad odors you are smelling pus. The sinus infection is not over and you need to resee your doctor or if have not gone, go. YOu will need more treatment especially antibiotics. ...Read more

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When will i stop feeling off balance from bad sinus infection?

Confusion: I have answered this question may times. The paranasal sinuses are air-containing spaces in the face and head. As such, they are not related to or cause balance disorders. However, a viral infection can cause both of these problems . It is my opinion, that treatment of sinus disease will not alter your balance disorder. You need to see an ENT doctor. ...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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I have a sinus infection. Didn't have a fever the past couple days now all of a sudden I have 100.4° is that bad?

I have a sinus infection. Didn't have a fever the past couple days now all of a sudden I have 100.4°  is that bad?

No.: Low grade elevation of temperature is not of much consequence without other clinical symptoms such as increased pain, discharge, redness, etc. Technically fever is a temp greater than 100.5 f. ...Read more

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Had meningitis from bad sinus infection. Cured, but does it mean I'll always immediately get it again if i get another sinus infection?

Unusual: Very unusual for a sinus infection to transform into meningitis. Some may recommend a careful evaluation for a defect in the bony lining of the sinus cavities that can transmit the infection, especially if this recurs. If found, the defect is repaired surgically ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Pack
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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. Mark Ingerman
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Sinusitis (Definition)

A condition caused by an inflammation or swelling of the tissue lining your sinuses. Acute sinusitis usually starts with coldlike symptoms such as a runny, stuffy ...Read more