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Dr. Benjamin Cilento
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Can you get a sinus infection after getting over a cold? I recently got over a bad cold. Now I have pain and pressure in my head and around my eyes. Could this be a sinus infection? .

Dr. Benjamin Cilento
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Yes : Yes it is quite possible that your cold may have progressed to a sinus infection... You may want to be examined by an ear nose and throat physician... ...Read more

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Sinusitis (Definition)

Sinusitis is inflammation of the sinuses caused by a virus, allergies, bacteria or fungus. The vast majority of sinusitis does not need antibiotics and goes away with simple remidies like NSAIDs, ...Read more


Dr. Tal Dagan
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How do I get rid of sinus infection over-the-counter

Dr. Tal Dagan
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Inflammation : Inflammation of the sinuses may arise as a result of allergies, upper respiratory tract infections with viruses, bacteria or fungi (yeast infection) although another not commonly recognized cause of inflammation of the sinuses arises from reflux of acid from the stomach (laryngopharyngeal reflux or lpr). Most cases are due to a viral infection and resolve over the course of 10 days. This does not however mean that you should be waiting for ten days for resolution of a sinus infection before seeing a physician. A sinus infection is suspected if you experience a headache/facial pain or pressure of a dull, constant, or aching sort over the forehead, between or behind the eyes, over one or both of your cheeks or in the very back of the head. This pain is typically localized to the involved sinus and may worsen you bend over or when lying down. Pain often starts on one side of the head and progresses to both sides. Sinusitis may be accompanied by thick nasal discharge that is usually thick yellow or green in colour and may contain pus (purulent) and/or blood. Often a localized headache or toothache is present (especially the upper teeth and more commonly the canine teeth) and it is these symptoms that distinguish a sinus-related headache from other types of headaches, such as tension and migraine headaches. Infection of the eye socket is possible, which may result in the loss of sight and is accompanied by fever and severe illness. Another possible complication is the infection of the bones (osteomyelitis) of the forehead and other facial bones — a condition also known as pott's puffy tumor. Sinus infections can also cause middle and less commonly inner ear problems due to the congestion of the nasal passages. This can be demonstrated by dizziness, "a pressurized or heavy head", clogging of the ear, popping and crackling sensation from dysfunction of the tube that equalizes the pressure in the middle ear (eustachian tube) or vibrating sensations in the head. The over the counter first line of treatment should include a nasal decongestant spray like afrin which indeed should be limited to three days or less, a mucolytic agent like mucinex or robitussin to make the thick secretions more watery so they can drain more easily and be removed naturally by the body. Both mucinex and robitussin come in several preparations. Whenever the name of the medication ends with a d (e.g. Mucinex-d) it also contains a decongestant that will help to reduce the amount of discharge and mucous. The advantage of an oral decongestant is drying your nose; the disadvantage is its common side effects including feeling wired at night (having trouble falling asleep) and occasional sensation of a strong, fast or irregular heartbeat, also called palpitations. If, however you feel that within a few days the pain or pressure over your forehead, cheeks, behind your eyes is either the same, worst or accompanied by thick yellow or green mucous or if accompanied by other signs like double or blurry vision, swelling of any part of the face or eyes, fever, prolonged symptoms, neck pain or rigidity etc. Prompt medical attention is in order. ...Read more

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Dr. Farhad Sigari
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When trying to get rid of a sinus infection, is it better to blow boogers out or suck them in?

Dr. Farhad Sigari
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When trying to get rid of a sinus infection, is it better to blow boogers out or suck them in?

Flush it out: The answer is neither. The best way is to perform a saltwater flush of the nasal passages. This will gently remove the mucus/phleghm without the need for blowing with significant pressure. There are alot of different ones you can buy that are cheap. Neilmed sinus rinse is the one my patients like the most(no financial ties). ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Benda
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Is it possible for me to get rid of a sinus infection without antibiotcs ?

Dr. Thomas Benda
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Is it possible for me to get rid of a sinus infection without antibiotcs ?

It depends: That depends on whether you have a sinus infection or a cold. How long have you had symptoms? Most sinus infections are caused by colds. A cold is a viral infection, and antibiotics won't help. A sinus infection is a complication of a cold, and generally takes 10 to 14 days to develop. Don't wait longer than 3 weeks for an antibiotic, and seek help immediately for neckstiffness, eye swelling. ...Read more

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Dr. David Kam
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When you have a sinus infection is it normal to hear your heartbeat in your ear, when resting? How do I get rid of it?

Dr. David Kam
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Pulsatile tinnitus: When you have a sinus infection and severe nasal congestion, your eustachian tube cannot equalize your middle ear pressure and cause a mild decrease in hearing. The blood flow across you ear drum becomes audible as you cannot hear the background noise well. It should resolve after the infection. See an ENT doctor if it persists! ...Read more

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Dr. William Becker
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Does a bad sinus infection cause eye pressure to rise?

Dr. William Becker
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No: No, it can feel like a "pressure sensation" behind or in your eye, but the actual pressure inside the eye is not affected by a sinus infection. ...Read more

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Dr. William Cies
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Is it common to have eye issues like discomfort , or pressure above the eyebrow &/or around the eye, when dealing with a cold or sinus infection?

Dr. William Cies
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Is it common to have eye issues like discomfort , or pressure above the eyebrow &/or around the eye,  when dealing with a cold or sinus infection?

Yes very common: The separation between the sinuses and the orbit (the bony vault that contain the eye and it's structures) is very this. Thus any swelling or inflammation of your sinuses can be felt as pressure or pain in or around your eyes. If the problem persists you may need to see both an ENT doctor and ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Dr. Kathleen Gilmore
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I recently took a zpack for a sinus infection. I have had pressure and pain ongoing behind one eye around one month now. It's still there. Now what?

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I recently took a zpack for a sinus infection. I have had pressure and pain ongoing behind one eye around one month now. It's still there. Now what?

Recheck: Azithromycin is not the drug of choice for an acute sinus infection. Amoxicillin and Augmentin are, but of corse some are allergic to these drugs. You may need to be re-examined to determine the reason for your present symptoms/lack of response. ...Read more

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Dr. Chi-Wah Yung
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Eye and head pressure with sinus infection?

Dr. Chi-Wah Yung
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Eye and head pressure with sinus infection?

Yes: All of our sinuses are connected. Sinus infection will increase the pressure within the sinus and some time causing discomfort and headache. Since the orbit is also surrounded by sinuses, some time you will feel like pressure behind the eye with sinus infection. Sinus infection however will not affect the pressure within the eye itself (intraocular pressure). ...Read more

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Dr. Faryal Ghaffar
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Have had a sinus infection. Now have severe pain behind eye, above eye and temple. Pressure in the eye, the eye is push out a bit. What is going on?

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Have had a sinus infection. Now have severe pain behind eye, above eye and temple. Pressure in the eye, the eye is push out a bit. What is going on?

Orbital cellulitis: One of the complications of sinus infection is orbital cellulitis. Orbital cellulitis results in eye ball protrusion, pain on eye movements, limited eye movements. It is important that you seek medical care right away. Ct scan differentialtes periorbital versus orbital cellulitis. It requires management with systemic antibiootic. ...Read more

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