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How To Tell The Difference Between A Sinus Infection And Bronchitis
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
How can I tell the difference between a sinus infection and a bad col? I also have a history of pneumonia and bronchitis
Snot, pain, temp CMD: Cold can cause fever, headache, stuffy nose, clear to light colored discharge. Sinus infection more likely days into a cold; often with face or dental pain (often 1 sided), thicker, yellow/green nasal discharge. Both can have cough, ear pain/discomfort, ear symptoms, vertigo. Sinus often after cold, improvement, then worsening again. Plane travel, scuba risk. Given pulm hx: call ur doc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Rhinosinusitis: By saying allergies i suppose you refer to allergic rhinitis when you have seasonal sneezing spells, watery and itchy eyes and nose. Sinusitis and rhinitis are usually go together due to their anatomical proximity and they share the same mucus membrane lining. Sinusitis tends to cause more headache, sense of heaviness and fullness and sometimes affecting your sense of smells. ...Read more
Why in the world is it so hard to tell the difference between a bad cold and some sinus infection?
Symptoms similar: Both viral (cold) and bacterial (sinus) infections have nasal drainage both out the front and the back (post-nasal drainage), congestion and fever. Differentiating symptoms include muscle body aches for colds and facial/teeth pain for sinus infections. Because colds should resolve within 5 to 7 days, if the symptoms are controllable with otc meds, antibiotics are with held unless fever is high. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
When it's caused...: ...By a sinus infection and there's redness and swelling around the eye, that's called periorbital or preseptal cellulitis. When there is no or minimal swelling, but there is redness and pain and maybe discharge, that's pinkeye. Note that you can have both at once, that periorbital cellulitis can happen without a sinus infection, and sometimes it can be hard to distinguish which came first. ...Read more
Neurological finding: The combination of headache, fever and focal neurologic findings are highly suggestive of brain abscess. Neurologic findings include trouble walking, speaking, eating and swallowing, severe memory issues, confusion, seizures and many other symptoms. Sinus infections are very common and brain abscesses extremely rare. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How can you tell the difference between the common cold, allergies or sinus infection in a four year old?
Sometimes hard as...: ...They can share some qualities, so it is important to see your doctor. Allergies are associated with sneezing, clear stringy nasal discharge and watery eyes; sinus infections may have fever, purulent nasal discharge and facial pain, with a cough usually worse at night and early morning, and symptoms lasting more than 1 week. A cold may have a fever as well and usually resolves in a week or less. ...Read more
It's not easy: You can't always know where the infection started. Also, some infections appear very similar to each other. More importantly, viral infections - like pink eye - do not need to be treated, while others - like bacterial eyelid infections - need medication. Knowing the origin does not necessarily help, so it is best to see your eye doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Several: Major symptoms are infected drainage, nasal blockage, and facial discomfort. Minor symptoms are smell disturbance, facial swelling-redness-tenderness, upper dental discomfort, cough, fever. Viral and bacterial infections have the same symptoms but viral ones resolve over 10-14 days but bacterial infections either worsen over time or plateau and persist for 3-4 weeks. ...Read more
I have a cold for about 2 weeks I'm not sure if it's bronchitis or a sinus infection. How can I tell the difference?
Good question: may be both, subtle differences, it's mainly the cough, if more at night then bronchitis could be the case, but the whole respiratory tract (upper and lower airways) becomes inflamed and symptoms linger. You need to see your doctor for assessment and possibly need Rx medications, good luck ...Read more
Duration ; severity: Colds are viral infections lasting 5-7 days and often associated with a low grade fever, clear nasal discharge, congestion and mild headaches. General aches and pains are common as well. Sinusitis usually takes 7 days to develop and associated with a higher fever, colored nasal discharge and severe facial pain. If symptoms persist longer than a week, see a doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sinus infection/cold: Head cold gives you congestion in nose and feeling of sore throat and low grade fever with and without headache and usually gets better without treatment in less than a week.Sinus infection can be from viruses or bacteria and can cause persitant headache, congestion in sinuses, high fever, and may need t be treated with antibiotics for 10 to 14 days in some caes where you suspect bacterial infection. ...Read more
Infection or not: Sinus infection is when an organism colonizes the linings of your sinuses and lives there causing symptoms including pain and secretions. Congestion occurs as a reaction of the sinus lining to a variety of agents and irritants and fills up with secretions. It can lead to infection, but responds to irrigation and decongestants. They can occur simultaneously. ...Read more
Viral vs. bacterial: A flu is due to infection by the influenza virus that affects your upper respiratory tract (nose, throat). The result is fever, generalized soreness weakness. The inflammation of your upper respiratory tract can result in sinusitis but not necessarily. Sinus infection is usually bacterial, affects the sinuses around your nose. Results in facial pain and puse from the nose. ...Read more
That is a million: dollar question! In theory - allergies are cause by environmental triggers and cause inflammation. A sinus infection is caused by a bug - virus, fungus or bacteria. Many sinus sufferers have allergies - but not all. Some chronic sinusitis is caused by very narrow anatomy in sinus cavities. Careers have been made trying to answer these questions effectively in a given person ...Read more
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
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