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How To Dry Up Sinus Drainage
Depends on cause.: A good thorough exam by an otolaryngologist should give you the answer. There are many causes of nasal obstruction:allergies, deviated septum, polyps, sinusitis, turbinate hypertrophy. Too many to get into in this format. You need to be evaluated by an ENT to figure this one out. ...Read more
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
See below: This is one of those problems where a visit to your doctor is necessary to figure out what's going on. Only after a thorough evaluation, including examination and possibly labs and other tests, can your doctor correctly diagnose you and treat you effectively. ...Read more
Endoscopic sinus surgery to remove a bunch of blocked up mucous and grossness from my left maxillary sinus, what to to do?
See an ENT: There are several causes for these issues. Your best option would be to have your nose evaluated by a board certified otolaryngologist. ...Read more
"best" is variable: Some may same...Best is to allow your body to clear the infection without intervention by medicines....Most will resolve on their own just as quickly without any antibiotics...Some will persist or develop complications so best to me would be treat if not resolved in a couple of days..Best is also not the most broad spectrum antibiotic...Best is amox at about 90mg/kg/day given twice a day. ...Read more
Depends what else is: Also happening regarding your allergies status. Any histamines work fairly quickly within 15 to 20 minutes. However if you also have itching in your eyelids, nose, throat, those will respond probably quicker then fluid draining from the ears. Also nasal decongestants can sometimes help clear fluid by decompressing the eustachian tube. Your doctor knows best. So,you should probably call her or him. ...Read more
Can antihistamines help reduce mucus flow to treat post-nasal drip, or do they just dry it up (thus making it thicker)?
Antihistamines: Would help the sneeze, the itchiness, and to a lesser extent the secretions. Mucous flow is generally due to inflammation, which can be due to allergies, viruses, irritants, etc..so the key in management is to reduce the inflammation of whatever reason. Proper assessment by an ENT / an Allergist is what you need, good luck ...Read more
How to properly drain sinus to stop sinus pressure? I rarely have any boogers or mucus coming out of my nose is that normal?
Sinus pain: Hello, your sinus pain/pressure may actually be a migrane and not related to sinus troubles. Helpful therapy to reduce sinus pressure would include afrin nasal spray as directed for no longer than 5 days. If your problem persists, follow up with your family doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it better to see an allergist or ENT for trying to fix chronically irritated sinuses and burning/wet feeling ears with thick sinus drainage?
See below: Justin: Sinus or sinusitis is an overused term, without a uniform connotation. Dry air can dry out the mucus membrane of the nose and cause a sensation of burning, especially if you do not make enough mucus. Dry air by itself does not cause sinusitis. Bacterial infection in the sinuses may require antibiotic treatment. Seeing your doctor would be prudent to settle the issue. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cough/sinus problem: If you have a sinus drip yuou may be coughing from the drip as well. Dry hacking cough along with sinus pressure may be from hay fever. Try sinus lavage with slaine solution and suck on lozenges and warm salt water gragles along with allergy meds may help. If bad you should see your doc. ...Read more
Nasal Saline: For dry nasal mucosa nasal saline can be helpful particularly as we move into the drier months of the year. Also, one should review the medications they are using to make sure nasal dryness is not one of the side effects. ...Read more
How do you unclog you nose when it is totally clogged up all ways- too cloged for nose spray to go up?
Afrin (oxymetazoline): Topical nasal decongestants are the best way to open a nasal cavity. Unfortunately, if these otc products are used more than 2 or three days in a row, you will experience "rebound" in which the nose swells closed when the medication is not present in the nose. This form of nasal addiction is called "rhinitis medicomentosa". The cure is stopping nasal decongestant use. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Mucosa: Hello. The reason your sinuses, ears and respiratory airways get infected at the same time is because the lining or mucosa is continuous. They are comprised of the exact same cells, mucus and pathogens. It is very hard to look at magnified areas of the ears, nose, throat and airways and differentiate one from the other. Since they are continuous, inflammation or infection can easily travel. ...Read more
Underlying cause: Many times these are related to underlying environmental allergies, & so tx aimed at that can help a lot. An otc option that i usually tell my patients about are nasal saline sprays & sometimes nasal rinse products. Pls be careful to follow the directions carefully! otc antihistamines are plentiful but can have interactions. I usually recomend that my pts avoid decongestants. Prob talk w/ ur doc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Discharge can be a noun or a verb; it has multiple meanings in physics, chemistry, military, and legal usage. The most common medical meaning is a substance that is being excreted. Examples: pus is the discharge from a pimple; a vaginal discharge can mean infection; an ear discharge can mean an infection of the outer ear tract; a nasal discharge ...Read more
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