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How long and how often per day should you do steam inhalation for sinusitis?

How long and how often per day should you do steam inhalation for sinusitis?

Varies: Every several hours if it is being helpful, or until the sinus congestion resolves. Ask your family doc or ENT what they recommend.. ...Read more

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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


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I have had chronic sinusitis since Halloween. I have a cough, fatigue, sneezing, ear pressure and shortness of breath & dizziness when I move to fast. I have tried otc sinus meds and nasal sprays, steam, a course of antibiotics and lots of spicy soup. N

I have had chronic sinusitis since Halloween. I have a cough, fatigue, sneezing, ear pressure and shortness of breath & dizziness when I move to fast. I have tried otc sinus meds and nasal sprays, steam, a course of antibiotics and lots of spicy soup. N

U need re-assessment: By an ENT or your primary doctor, you may need a different antibiotic or a different duration, at least 2-4 weeks worth of right antibiotics, even more at times, together with nasal washes, steroid nasal sprays or even short course of systemic steroids may be needed to treat bad sinusitis/middle ear infection, good luck ...Read more

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Bronchitis, then inhaled bleach vapor, now excessive clear bronchial secretions for 3+ months. Clear lung x-ray, chills, recurring sinusitis. Help.

Bronchitis, then inhaled bleach vapor, now excessive clear bronchial secretions for 3+ months. Clear lung x-ray, chills, recurring sinusitis. Help.

Sounds like: You are having a delayed reaction to environmental exposure. Time to see a lung specialist, a pulmonologist if you have suffered with it for 3 months. ...Read more

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Does sinusitis usually cause bad breath?

Does sinusitis usually cause bad breath?

Sometimes: The purulent drainage from a sinus infection can smell bad... As it drains from the nose down the palate and into the throat... It can cause halitosis (bad breath). ...Read more

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I have sinusitis but I can't breath well nor sleep?

I have sinusitis but I can't breath well nor sleep?

Sinusitis: Try breath-right nose strips until u see your primary care doc. In the morning for exam. ...Read more

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If not teeth problems and no sinusitis, what are your ideas on curing bad breath?

If not teeth problems and no sinusitis, what are your ideas on curing bad breath?

Check teeth again: Do you still have your wisdom teeth? If so they tend to build up plaque which causes mouth odor. Do you floss every day? Rarely halitosis (bad breath) can come from diseased tonsils. Are they large or painful? Do you have symptoms of sinusitis (headache, fever, cough, nasal congestion)? Sinusitis can cause bad breath in some cases. Try flossing more and have wisdom teeth removed. ...Read more

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Is there an effective/permanent way to dissipate bad breath caused by chronic sinusitis?

Is there an effective/permanent way to dissipate bad breath caused by chronic sinusitis?

Nasal wash: Try a nasal wash product. It is a bottle that you fill with purified water and a salt/baking soda packet. You then stand over the sink, place the bottle in your nose, and gently spray the bottle. It will clear out bacteria, mucus, and debris from the nasal and lower sinuses. Have you been tested for allergies? Sometimes allergies can mask as chronic sinusitis. Be well. ...Read more

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What can I do to get rid of bad breath caused by sinusitis?

ENT doctors!: If your bad breath is directly caused by sinusitis, it is best to get an advice from ENT doctors--they are the expert! On the other hand, if the sinusitis is due to a failing tooth or infection in the tooth that is leaking into sinus cavity, you need help from a dentist. A scan is a powerful tool to find the source of your sinusitis. Consult your ENT and dental doctors. Get fresh breath back! ...Read more

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I suffer from sinusitis and I use Biorinil when needed. Sometimes, it makes my nose breath harder for some minutes to some hours. What should I do?

Sinusitis: I have responded to a similar question for you in the past. You have a complicated and extensive history of sinusitis with prior surgeries. It is not appropriate to second guess your doctor who has been managing your sinusitis and knows your condition better than we would. I would recommend you direct all your sinus-related questions to your current ENT. ...Read more

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What is the best kind of mouthwash to use to prevent bad breath? I have chronic sinusitis so this may be a factor in the smell of my breath.

What is the best kind of mouthwash to use to prevent bad breath? I have chronic sinusitis so this may be a factor in the smell of my breath.

Xylitol: Xylitol is a natural sugar and breaks up biofilm in the body. That's where germs mulitply. It is found in a nasal spray called xlear (pronounced "clear") and in chewing gum called spry. Pleasant tasting too! ...Read more

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I keep getting sinusitis feel like my immune sys is really low its now spread to my chest finding coughing up yellow phelgm and hard to breath advice?

Mgt: Sinus infections can be difficult to treat sometimes. Factors to consider include resistance of bacteria and the duration of the antibiotic. I would suggest discussing a course of at least 14 days of Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) with your provider.
Using nasal saline rinses and a nasal steroid to reduce swelling as indicated can be included in your treatment.
Allergies, Ciliary defects and CF are also possible. ...Read more

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Can sinusitis cause blurry vision, bad breath, dizziness, & headaches?

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Can sinusitis cause blurry vision, bad breath, dizziness, & headaches?

Yes: Sinusitis can cause blurry vision, bad breath, dizziness, and headaches. It should be diagnosed early by ENT or dentist, where antimicrobial therapy should be prescribed. ...Read more

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Choke on saliva only during sleep. I have chronic sinusitis and post nasal drip. I don't have breath or swallow problems and no known health issues.

Choke on saliva only during sleep. I have chronic sinusitis and post nasal drip. I don't have breath or swallow problems and no known health issues.

No. 1 issue- mouth: Breather! Anyone who has chronic sinusitis have a big issue in that they normally can't breeze through their nose easily, so they compensate by breathing through their mouth. So that is a health condition worth noting. If you're choking on your saliva, and have postnasal drip issues at night, you need to make sure during the day that you're well hydrated, and also must change your diet to reduce the amount of phlegm producing food products consumed: cheese, processed foods, milk products. ...Read more

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21, male, smoker, 0.45 packyr. Shortness of breath always and coughing. Fev1 is 86% predicted and fvc is 80% and fev1/fvc is 1.1 pef is 82% and pif is 5.09. suffered from sinusitis. No wheezing but chest pain sometime. What disease I have?

21, male, smoker, 0.45 packyr. Shortness of breath always and coughing. Fev1 is 86% predicted and fvc is 80% and fev1/fvc is 1.1 pef is 82% and pif is 5.09. suffered from sinusitis. No wheezing but chest pain sometime. What disease I have?

Stubborn pighead!: You say that you are always short of breath yet you continue to smoke. They say you can lead a horse to water but you cannot make it drink. You are a good example of that bit of folk wisdom. ...Read more

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I went to my primary yesterday and I was told that I have acute sinusitis, acute rhinitis, acute allergic and serous otitis media. Can any of these cause shortness of breath?

I went to my primary yesterday and I was told that I have acute sinusitis, acute rhinitis, acute allergic and serous otitis media. Can any of these cause shortness of breath?

Yes... But: If you have all those diagnosis the underplaying cause is an infection, which can spread, to the lung. Sinusitis can lead to post nasal drip and cause shortness of breath, but so can a bronchitis or pneumonia.... If you don't get better shortly or get worse head back over to his office. ...Read more

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Can chronic sinusitis cause throat swelling sensation and fullness and shortness of breath?

Can chronic sinusitis cause throat swelling sensation and fullness and shortness of breath?

Not necessarily: Chronic rhinosinusitis can lead to an asthma flare, and a sense of sinus fullness. However, if you are having throat swelling, it can be due to angioedema or to a severe allergic reaction. You should see an allergist as soon as possible. If it happens again, go to your emergency room - this can be life threatening. ...Read more

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Acute sinusitis, acute rhinitis, acute allergic serous otitis media. Short of breath chest pain and high BP is that normal?

Acute sinusitis, acute rhinitis, acute allergic serous otitis media. Short of breath chest pain and high BP is that normal?

Need to see MD: If you are short of breath, having chest pain and have high blood pressure, you should see your physician asap. Having a sinus infection, rhinitis or an otitis could be associated with respiratory symptoms. Additionally, some of the medications commonly used for treatment of these conditions could exacerbate blood pressure issues. ...Read more

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Bad sinus problems, shortness of breath, pain in my right chest. Pneumonia or just bad sinusitis? Two doctors listened to my lungs and turned out good and chest xray came out good. Sinus infection?

Bad sinus problems, shortness of breath, pain in my right chest. Pneumonia or just bad sinusitis? Two doctors listened to my lungs and turned out good and chest xray came out good. Sinus infection?

Pnumonia unlikely: Chest xray is normal and there were normal breath sounds, it is very unlikely pneumonia.But sinusitis can sometime lead to lower respiratory infection like bronchitis which is inflammation in bronchi, that may be causing your shortness of breath.There is also possibility of bronchial asthma, which can be diagnosed by pulmonary function tests.
If symptoms of short of breath persist see a pulmonologis. ...Read more

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For 2 1/2 weeks had sinusitis and bronchitis. Finished z pack. Saw pcp wed and was told my lungs were clear. Still bringing up mucous, though clear. Today chest feels tight and I have mild pain in heart area when taking deep breath. I do have mild asthma.

For 2 1/2 weeks had sinusitis and bronchitis. Finished z pack. Saw pcp wed and was told my lungs were clear. Still bringing up mucous, though clear. Today chest feels tight and I have mild pain in heart area when taking deep breath. I do have mild asthma.

Hard to say: If wheezing and short of breath - maybe, but you should be seen by your doctor for another evaluation asap. Btw, z-pack is great for bronchitis but worthless for sinusitis however, since 98% of all sinusitis is viral related, it probably makes no difference for your recovery time. ...Read more

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I'm pregnant, 26 weeks. I have severe sinusitis with post nasal drip which is bad. The GP has prescribed l allergex p/day. Can I take 2 per day?

I'm pregnant, 26 weeks. I have severe sinusitis with post nasal drip which is bad. The GP has prescribed l allergex p/day. Can I take 2 per day?

Can add nasal rx: I would check with GP before increasing allergex. However you can add nasal saline rinses which are safe and necessary to treat sinusitis. Also budesonide nasal spray is pregnancy class ‘B’ (in the US). Post nasal drip is also a potential symptom of reflux, which occurs more frequently in pregnancy so don’t forget about that. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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How long does azithromycin take to start working? It's my second day taking it for sinusitis and I still have headaches. Should I be more patient?

How long does azithromycin take to start working? It's my second day taking it for sinusitis and I still have headaches. Should I be more patient?

Antibiotics: Antibiotics are not recommended for the majority of cases of sinusitis; decongestants being more important. Since antibiotics are often placebos, it's difficult to say how long they'll take to "work." you generally recover just as fast without them as with them. ...Read more

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I get a lot of headaches from chronic sinusitis. Can't take ibuprofen so take Tylenol 1000-2000mg per day everyday. Will this harm my liver over time?

I get a lot of headaches from chronic sinusitis. Can't take ibuprofen so take Tylenol 1000-2000mg per day everyday. Will this harm my liver over time?

Varies: It is now generally recommended that 2000 mg per day is maximal dose to try to decrease likelihood of liver toxicity. Many people do fine with dosage you are taking. You just would want your liver functions tested by a simple blood test regularly. ...Read more

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Sinusitis won't go away, how much longer do I have to suffer?

Sinusitis won't go away, how much longer do I have to suffer?

Sinusitis: If you have completed several courses of antibiotics for at least 14 days each and are not improving then I would recommend that you see an ENT specialist. They may be able to perform a culture to see the type of bacteria and which antibiotics it is responsive to. Or they may perform a ct scan to see if you need surgery. ...Read more

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How long should it take for amoxicillin to stop sinusitis?

How long should it take for amoxicillin to stop sinusitis?

Depends: Depending on the situation, treatment in childhood starts at 10-14 days and if improvement is slow another week may be added. The problem of resistant organisms is seen occasionally & lack of any improvement in 3-5 days indicate need to use an alternate treatment. ...Read more