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Doctor insights on: How To Avoid A Sinus Infection

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How can you help avoid sinus infection?

How can you help avoid sinus infection?

Avoid colds: Get influenza vaccine yearly, stay well hydrated, avoid close contact with persons with respiratory illnesses. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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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 can I avoid frequent sinus infections?

How can I avoid frequent sinus infections?

Limit exposures: Several things contribute to chronic sinus problems. Most issues are not truly infections, but usually more congestion. Avoid smoking and smoke exposure, explore allergies, consider nasal saline irrigation, and avoiding dairy products for 2 weeks (most adults have some version of milk allergy).Sometimes, recurrent issues can be from lacking some immunologic factors(iga, etc) may help identify. ...Read more

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How can I avoid frequent sinus infections?

How can I avoid  frequent sinus infections?

Difficult: Other than frequent hand-washing to prevent the spread of viruses and bacteria and avoiding sick contacts, there isn't a lot more you can do. Certainly controlling nasal allergies can help, with the use of nasal sprays and other meds. Saline irrigation may help. ...Read more

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My friend just said i need to run to the dr for antibio's for my 7 day long sinus infection. i had c diff and want to avoid that. who's right?

My friend just said i need to run to the dr for antibio's for my 7 day long sinus infection. i had c diff and want to avoid that. who's right?

Both: You are both right. It will be a good idea to have your sinus infection checked and have a treatment plan, most sinus infections do not need antibiotics. You are right also being afraid that possible antibiotic treatment may result in reactivation of your C diff colitis. I would recommend that you let your doc know and let him or her worry about treatment complications. ...Read more

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Trying to avoid antibios since i had c diff 6wks ago. i now have painful sinus infection. teeth ache, congested. is it ok to let it clear on its own?

Trying to avoid antibios since i had c diff 6wks ago. i now have painful sinus infection. teeth ache, congested. is it ok to let it clear on its own?

Need to be seen. : Your situation has nuance. You are right to be cautious. First, CT the sinuses, to confirm active sinusits; if minimal, that's reassuring. Complications like orbital celluitis is serious. And, given your recent antibiotic history, resistant bacteria may be present. Furthermore, data questions role of Abx in chronic (>12wk) sinusitis. Perhaps pain from migraine, too. Need for exam and treatment. ...Read more

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What is a sinus infection?

What is a sinus infection?

You have : Several hollow bones in the face that give resonance to the voice. They are lined with mucous membrane that secretes mucus. If a germ gets in it causes an infection and that is called sinus infection. ...Read more

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What causes a sinus infection?

What causes a sinus infection?

Lots of things: Anything that clogs the nose can block the sinuses. Common causes of nasal swelling include upper respiratory tract infections (colds) and allergies. Once the sinuses cannot drain, bacteria can accumulate in the sinuses and increase in large enough numbers to cause the symptoms of infection. The bacteria can come from various sources, including the nasopharyx and the adenoids that reside there. ...Read more

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What causes a sinus infection?

What causes  a sinus infection?

Microbes...: Microbes: most commonly viruses, and occasionally bacteria. ...Read more

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How can I cure a sinus infection?

Sinus infection: If you truly have a sinus infection, you probably need antibiotics, although many of the patients that i see in the clinic who complain of sinus infection simply have allergies. The first thing i recommend is to irrigate your nose with saline. If this isn't successful, you should probably be evaluated. ...Read more

Dr. Corey Clay
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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. Hirenkumar Italia
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Sinusitis (Definition)

Sinusitis is inflammation of the ...Read more