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Mastoid Sinus Infection
During a cat scan Dr said I had fluid in my mastoids behind ear. Recommended sudafed. Will that help? Does that mean I have a sinus infection?
Not necessarily: Fluid can back up into mastoids related to inner ear problems with fluid and sometime infection. Infection in mastoid which can result in necrosis and bone involvement can have fluid in mastoid air cells as well. Sinus infections involve paranasal sinuses frontals (above eyes) ethmoids medial to orbits, and lateral to nose, and maxillary inferior to orbits. These are facial in location. ...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
Infection of bone: Mastoiditis has increase risk because it is considered an infection of the mastoid bone which can lead to infection in the brain if severe or not treated. A sinus infection is a infection within the sinus cavities which is not near the bone/brain barrier. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Rarely: Frontal and mastoid sinus infections can lead to brain infections rarely. ...Read more
Smoking & sinuses: Smoking definitely increases the incidence of sinus and respiratory tract problems, including infections. Smoke paralyzes the cilia (hair-like structures lining the respiratory tract) so they cannot sweep secretions/mucus/bacteria/viruses out of the system. Saline nasal spray (otc) can help temporarily flush the nasal/sinus passages, but smoking cessation is the definitive treatment. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Irrigate: I assume you mean treating this yourself. Sinus health is all about drainage; if they don't drain, problems persist. You can use a nasal decongestant spray twice a day for 3-5 days; before and about 30 minutes after using it, rinse your nose with saline such as nasamist, entsol, or simply saline. If the sinus pressure increases, or the colored secretions last more than a week, see your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bacterial vs. Viral: Typically bacterial or viral in origin. Viruses tend to resolve on their own in a few days (think of the common cold) whereas bacterial infections persist longer than a week and/or there's a "double-worsening" where one starts to feel better, and then the symptoms relapse. Antibiotics like Azithromycin and Augmentin are used to treat bacterial sinus infections. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See ur Dr. 4 answers: Dr. Jacobson is right. If it's still festering after 4 weeks with no relief, it's time to see your doctor for intervention, and referral to our ent. Best to stay away from dairy, and sugary foods as they often produce more phlegm, and mucous. Also, make sure that you have adequate humidity, and hydration (drinking purified water), and less processed foods too. Your doctor will know what to do. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Infection : Involving air cavities around your nose. Your skull is lighter because of these rooms full of air. Sometimes these rooms get infected and since the drainage out of these rooms is so small, often, contents can't get out easily and problem becomes chronic. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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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