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How To Tell The Difference Between A Sinus Infection And Bronchitis
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
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
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
See a dentist: Sinusitis pain usually can't be pinpointed to a specific tooth, but is "somewhere" related to a back upper tooth. The pain also changes with changing head position. You might also have some nasal congestion or discharge if you have a sinus infection instead of a dental abscess. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
See your dentist: Your dentist will take x-rays and do an examination to determine whether any of you teeth are infected, or whether any pain you are having may be the result of TMJ problems. If there are no dental problems, he will refer you to your medical doctor or an ENT specialist. ...Read more
Often timing or test: There are many different types of viral infections and bacterial infections so it depends on location. by type of infection: sore throat: bacteria can easily be identified with an office test. if negative usually viral sinusitis: after a cold is going on for 7+ days and getting better, suddenly gets worse pneumonia: doctor exam, x-ray, culture flu (viral): type of symptoms, office test ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
It often isn't so: easy to distinguish. Medical testing can hlep to sort it out. ...Read more
Sometimes difficult: but except in very severe cases of allergy, people don't lose appetite with allergy which is also not associated with a fever. Allergy may also be seasonal. Cold is more common when school starts and in the winter, allergy in the warmer months. Cold is not relieved by antihistamine which does reduce allergic symptoms. Hope these points are helpful. ...Read more
Symptons, urinalysis: Yeast infection associated with severe itching, sore genitalia with redness, white thick vaginal discharge & pain on intercourse. Uti is associated with burning on urination, frequency of urination, foul smelling urine, sometimes bright red blood in urine and difficulty in starting to urinate. Yeast is easily recognized under microscope, UTI usually nitrite & white blood cell +ve on urine dipstick. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Associated symptoms: Persons with nasal allergy typically have congestion, clear nasal discharge, itchy and watery eyes. If symptoms last more than one week, a viral cold is unlikely. If the drainage changes to anything other than clear, it may be infected (sinusitis). Colored drainage suggests infection, but clear drainage does not rule it out. Many allergic symptoms are seasonal, but not pet or dust mite allergy. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Sore throat: peritonsillar abcess may have a very swollen and fluctuant tonsil with uvula deviated to opposite side. In tonsillitis, deviation of uvula, fluctuation are usually absent. Tonsillitis patient's throat is very red internally with exudates. Imaging may also help to differentiate. But a lot of times it may be difficult to distinguish between the two clinically. ...Read more
Croup vs no sound: Laryngitis is often the effect of the croup agent on older patients. While the little kid develops the throaty & resonant croup sound, the older kid or adult may only have an inflamed voice box. The crouper makes the seal barking noise when they cough, the laryngitis patient usually has a normal cough & squeaky voice. ...Read more
Bladder/kidney infx: Sometimes it is impossible to tell the difference, but often the difference is in the degree of symptoms. A simple bladder infection has mostly local discomfort with urinating, an urge to void with little urine, and possibly blood in the urine. A kidney infection is more systemic, with fever, chills and sweats, and pain more in the mid back or flanks. A cat scan can sometimes show which it is. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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