Medicine for acute sinusitis - Doctor answers

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What is acute sinusitis?

What is acute sinusitis?

Acute sinusitis: Acute sinusitis is inflammation of the cavities around your nasal passages with associated mucus drainage, which makes it difficult for you to breathe through your nose. It may cause headache, pain around your eyes and cheeks. It’s typically due to a bacterial infection, but could be due to allergies, viral or fungal infections. Acute sinusitis lasts up to 4wks (subacute 4-12wks & chronic>12wks). ...Read more

Dr. Cornelius O'leary jr
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Sinusitis (Definition)

A condition caused by an inflammation or swelling of the tissue lining your sinuses. Acute sinusitis usually starts with coldlike symptoms such as a runny, stuffy ...Read more


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How to know if I have acute sinusitis?

How to know if I have acute sinusitis?

An ENT exam: Without a specific x-ray, an ENT exam will usually reveal redness, swelling and pus in the lateral wall of the nose. The pussy drainage can be cultured and a specific diagnosis and treatment can be started. ...Read more

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What are the tests for acute sinusitis?

What are the tests for acute sinusitis?

History and physical: A history and physical - evaluation by a physician is my first choice - remember, most sinus infections are viral and do not require antibiotics! ...Read more

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Acute sinusitis is not going away. Why?

Acute sinusitis is not going away. Why?

Possibilities: It might not be sinusitis at all, or if it is you might have a blockage of your sinus drainage pathway. A ct of the sinuses can answer these questions and is generally the first step in answering your question. Other possibilities include allergies, antibiotic-resistant bacteria and, rarely, antibody deficiency. ...Read more

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What are the causes of acute sinusitis?

Multiple causes: Usually a normal cold or flu (upper respiratory infection) which is caused by a virus after 5 days or so causes the sinus openings to block up and then bacteria develop within the sinuses causing an acute sinusitis. This then requires treatment via oral antibiotics and decongestants. However chronic smoking and allergies can also block up the sinus openings leading to an infection as well. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is acute sinusitis?

Infection: Acute sinusitis is an infection of the nasal sinuses (maxillary, frontal, ethmoid, or sphenoid) that is of recent onset. This infection is usually of bacterial origin, but could also be due to a viral or fungal infection as well. Common symptoms include nasal congestion, foul odor from the nose, cough, facial or upper teeth pain, and a "sinus" headache. See your doctor if you have these symptoms. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of acute sinusitis?

Several: Nasal congestion, nasal obstruction, yellow-green nasal drainage, pain, fullness, and pressure between the eyes and in the face, pain over the eyes and pain on top of the head lead the list of symptoms of acute sinusitis. ...Read more

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How to know if I might have acute sinusitis?

Symptoms and Xray: Acute sinusitis is characterized by yellow-green nasal discharge, pain under the eyes, fullness and pressure in the face, post-nasal drainage. It starts with a cold and of course is confirmed by an X-ray ...Read more

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What could be why I continue to get acute sinusitis?

What could be why I continue to get acute sinusitis?

Recurrent sinusitis: There are many reasons why people get recurrent sinusitis. You may be suffering from allergies that predispose you to recurrent attacks. You may also have some anatomic abnormalities that require surgery to fix- see an ENT doctor and they may recommend a ctscan to see what the underlying problem is. ...Read more

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What is the best way to beat a cold and acute sinusitis?

What is the best way to beat a cold and acute sinusitis?

Be healthy: There are no "shortcuts" to viral infections. The best approach is to get plenty of rest, exercise regularly, and eat a well-balanced diet to give your immune system all the tools it needs to do its job. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Acute sinusitis?

Acute sinusitis: Acute sinusitis = abrupt onset of inflammation and /or infection of one or more sinuses. ...Read more

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What are signs and symptoms of (acute) sinusitis?

Following a URI: Acute sinusitis most commonly follows a cold so if you've had cold type symptoms for greater than two weeks, it might be sinusitis. Pressure, pain, drainage and discolored secretions are all non-specific symptoms and don't necessarily indicate sinusitis. ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms of acute sinusitis?

Multiple: Congestion, purulent nasal discharge, facial pain or pressure over frontal or maxillary sinuses. This pain can also be felt around temporal area, and can lead to tooth sensitivity or pain. Fever is somewhat rare. Usually the longer you have had the symptoms, the more likely it is bacterial (vs viral or even plain allergies). ...Read more

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Possible (acute) sinusitis if you get headaches but only headaches?

Possible (acute) sinusitis if you get headaches but only headaches?

Possible, yes: Likely, no. Without knowing all the details, it's harder to say, but in my experience, headache is vastly overrated as a symptom of sinusitis. ...Read more

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Suffering from acute sinusitis, what is the best thing to take for horrible headaches?

OTC motrin: As well as decongestants may help. Also try sinus rinses. Afrin (oxymetazoline) is ok, but do not use that for more than 3 days in a row, you nose will get dependent/addicted to it. If the headaches persist get it checked out. ...Read more

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Why does NOVASUS work better than Cherra Tussin for some people with Acute sinusitis?

Why does NOVASUS work better than Cherra Tussin for some people with Acute sinusitis?

Different: These two narcotic cough suppressants have different opiate suppressants- Novasus has hydrocodone and CherraTussin has codeine. Novasus has chorpheniramine, an anti-histamine, while CherraTussin has guaifenesin, a cough suppressant. So these two cough syrups work in totally different ways ...Read more

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Have acute sinusitis, and already takin medication (decongestive, histamine) is that enough to contain it?

May need antibiotics: If symptoms have been present for less than two weeks, it is more likely a viral infection and often doesn't respond well to these medications. If symptoms have been present for more than two weeks without any improvement, then antibiotics might be an option. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for acute sinusitis?

What is the best treatment for acute sinusitis?

Saline washes: Acute sinusitis symptoms are similar to an upper respiratory infecion but more severe and includes purulent drainage with sinus and facial pain. It lasts longer than the usual 7-10 days of a normal cold. Saline washes or lavage are very helpful along with topical and oral decongestants. Occasionally antibiotics are needed if the saline washes and decongestants aren't helping. ...Read more

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I have acute sinusitis for the past week. How do I get rid of it?

Sinusitis: Sinusitis can be caused by bacteria or fungus. It can also occur if something blocks the natural drainage tracts within our heads like a polyp. You should see your GP or pediatrician. They may prescribe antibiotics. They may also refer you to an otolaryngologist (ENT). In the meantime...hot showers or steam. Netti pot could help as well. ...Read more

Dr. Brian Novick
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Acute Sinusitis (Definition)

An infection of the nose and the sinus airways behind the nose and inside the cheekbones. Most often the infection ...Read more


Dr. Shari Jackson
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Sinus Rinse (Definition)

Try spraying nasal saline several times per day to help reduce ...Read more