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What is best to take for a headache due to sinus congestion and swelling? And also what is a good method to help drain my sinusus?

What is best to take for a headache due to sinus congestion and swelling? And also what is a good method to help drain my sinusus?

Sinus congestion: Eagle, get in the habit of using a nasal saline rinse to clean out the nose. You may also want to consider seeing your doctor to see if a nasal corticosteroid spray would be in your best interest. ...Read more

Dr. Sheila Smith
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Sinus (Definition)

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


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I feel like I have sinusitis. I have facial pain, swelling, congestion, for more than a year. When does facial swelling go down after meds?

I feel like I have sinusitis. I have facial pain, swelling, congestion, for more than a year. When does facial swelling go down after meds?

Allergies?: If you have had these symptoms for a year, it's likely not an infection but more likely an allergy. Sometimes people with allergies have nasal polyps which can cause constant congestion. See your doctor, you may need referral to an ENT or Allergist. Good luck! ...Read more

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How come I wake up every morning with sinus congestion/stuffy nose/puffy face?

How come I wake up every morning with sinus congestion/stuffy nose/puffy face?

Typical allergy: The fact that you wake up with these symptoms suggests there is something in the bedroom triggering this-stuffed animal, carpet, dust mites, etc.
Consult internet for advice on a dust free room. ...Read more

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How long can an earache due to sinus congestion last?

How long can an earache due to sinus congestion last?

Depends: The earache associated w sinus congestion can las as long as the sinus congestion is present- you may not always feel the sinus pressure but you could have persistent infection of the sinuses or just congestion - this can keep pressure on the ears and cause earache to stay. ...Read more

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How long does an earache due to sinus congestion last without antibiotics?

How long does an earache due to sinus congestion last without antibiotics?

Viral infection: Good question. But sinus infection or congestion of the paranasal sinuses does not cause ear infections. They may be related in that the cause of the paranasal sinus infection (assuming it is not nasal allergy) and the middle ear may be infected by the same virus. 98% of upper respiratory infections are viral and no antibiotic is indicated for a minimum of a week and a maximum of 10 days. ...Read more

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I have terrible headaches due to sinus congestion on my temple and forehead.

I have terrible headaches due to sinus congestion on my temple and forehead.

Sinus pressure, pain: Sinus pressure and infections may results in symptoms of facial pain or headaches as well as ear pain. Temple, forehead, and ear pain may be radiating or referred pain. Pressure symptoms may be at the forehead, cheekbones, around the eyes, or between the eyes. Pain may also radiate to the back of the head or upper teeth. You may want to see an ENT. ...Read more

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What is a way to relieve clogged ears due to sinus congestion? I've been taking sudafed, but my left ear is so clogged up I can barely hear out of it.

What is a way to relieve clogged ears due to sinus congestion? I've been taking sudafed, but my left ear is so clogged up I can barely hear out of it.

Eustachian tube: Decongestants like sudafed are a good way to alleviate the problem. Sometimes a mucous thinner called Guaifenesin can be of additional help. This can be purchased over the counter. If you still are having difficulties, you need to see an ENT doctor for other medical options. You may need a hearing test, as well. ...Read more

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sinus congestion and drainage. Bronchial like symptoms with mild coughing. ZITHOMAX low dose seems to take it away. Is this ok if other things do not work? I have been on many due to frequent inf.

sinus congestion and drainage. Bronchial like symptoms with mild coughing. ZITHOMAX low dose seems to take it away. Is this ok if other things do not work? I have been on many due to frequent inf.

Determine Cause: Important to determine cause so that sinus infection aren't recurrent. Do you have allergic or non-allergic rhinitis or a combination of both? If you have allergies have you tried starting allergy shots? Daily medicated nasal sprays are key, there are various types that you can try. Important to use daily controller therapy to prevent recurrent sinus infections in the future. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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What medicine can cure sinus & congestion for a 5 yr?

What medicine can cure sinus & congestion for a 5 yr?

Nothing!!!: There are no medications that will definitively "cure"congestion. Etiology is usually viral or allergic and treatment is usually fluids, making the child comfortable (with a cold). You can also try a decongestant but that, like tylenol, (acetaminophen) is only for symptomatic relief--meaning that the congestion will return when the decongestant wears off. An antihistamine can be used if allergy is the cause. ...Read more

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Is it common for sinus congestion to cause a decrease in appetite?

First, diagnosis: Sinus congestion is not as easy to diagnose by the patient as one might think. You may really have nasal congestion. And most causes of nasal congestion are viral infections. Therefore, it is very likely that the overall symptoms of a viral infection may lead to a decrease in appetite. The course of these infections is 7-10 days. If longer, consult you physician. ...Read more

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Which at-home remedies for sinus congestion are considered effective?

Which at-home remedies for sinus congestion are considered effective?

Moisture: If you want to avoid medications, try to maintain good nasal health by using saline irrigations and keeping an appropriate moisture level in the air you breathe. Unfortunately, this won't help if you have a physical issue blocking the drainage of your sinuses. Finally, make sure that the problem really is sinus-related and not another kind of headache. ...Read more

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Is sinus congestion usually associated with allergies?

Is sinus congestion usually associated with allergies?

Frequently: This time of year ragweed allergy causes trouble. Allergy symptoms are generally considered to be sneezing, eye watering, itching, nasal drainage, nasal obstruction. Colds and sinus infection can also cause nasal congestion. ...Read more

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Does guaifenesin help with sinus congestion?

Does guaifenesin help with sinus congestion?

Guaifenesin: Hello, Guaifenesin is a mucolytic which helps your mucus to become thinner and watery. This medicine without a -"d" will have little effect on congestion. ...Read more

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Could sinus congestion cause narrow angle closure glaucoma?

Sinus congestion: Will not cause angle glaucoma. In patients who have narrow anterior chamber angles (which would be diagnosed by an ophthalmologist), taking medications to treat a sinus infection could lead to an angle closure glaucoma attack. If you have narrow angles, you should avoid decongestants and anti-histamines until you are told by your ophthalmologist that it's ok to use them. ...Read more

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Can you suggest any remedy for sinus congestion and loss of balance?

Sinusitis: Sinus congestion or sinusitis may affect the inner ear and cause imbalance and hearing loss. It is important to see a ears nose and throat (ENT) physician who specializes in the temporal bone (neuro-otologist) to determine if the imbalance is linked to the sinus congestion and to provide a treatment. ...Read more

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How exactly would untreated hypothyroidism lead to sinus congestion?

How exactly would untreated hypothyroidism lead to sinus congestion?

Unrelated: I would expect no effect of untreated hypothyroidism on the paranasal sinuses themselves and would look for other causes. ...Read more

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Can sinus congestion be in the top of your head, not forehead, but head?

Can sinus congestion be in the top of your head, not forehead, but head?

Yes: The sphenoid sinuses in particular are theorized to contribute to vertex (top of the head) or occipital (back of the head) pressure. ...Read more

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Dr. Says I cannot take antihistamines. What to do for sinus congestion then?

Dr. Says I cannot take antihistamines. What to do for sinus congestion then?

Nasal sprays: Antihistamines really don't work well for congestion or stuffiness. For the nasal congestion associated with allergies, the topical nasal steroid sprays such as qnasl, flonase, veramyst, nasonex, (mometasone) nasacort, etc are very effective and safe. ...Read more

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Do doctors reccomend for patients to use neti pot to clear sinus congestion?

Some do.: Sinus irrigation can be helpful for some patients with chronic sinus problems. You want to make sure to use either previously boiled water that has been allowed to cool (to sterilize the water) or bottled water. ...Read more

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I have a cold and really bad sinus congestion. Do you have any tips for OTC treatments?

I have a cold and really bad sinus congestion. Do you have any tips for OTC treatments?

Some proven remedies: There is an excellent review of what works and what doesn't for both children and adults at: http://www. Aafp. Org/afp/2012/0715/p153.Html? Printable=afp. ...Read more

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What is the best way to clear nasal/sinus congestion? I seem to have the congestion every winter.

Find the cause: Since you are confined to the indoors during the winter there may an allergen in the house like dust or molds that may be causing your problem. See if your heating system is produving dust by checking the filter. ...Read more

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What can I do for severe sinus congestion. I took allegra (fexofenadine) d 12 hr and still can't breath?

ENT: Decongestants are the medication used to help clear sinuses. Sometimes simple "old time remedies" such as steam and saline drops often help. If these usual measures are not helpful a visit to an ENT specialist for a complete evaluation of your sinuses may be beneficial. ...Read more

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Is there an OTC medicine which is safe to take while breastfeeding that will alleviate sinus congestion?

Is there an OTC medicine which is safe to take while breastfeeding that will alleviate sinus congestion?

May decrease milk: While it is safe to take otc medication, just like it can dry up the mucous in your nose, it can dry up your milk production as well. I recommend local/topical treatment like a nasal spray such as afrin, humidity, nasal saline drops, or warm/steamy beverages such as teas. Also make sure to get plenty of fluids yourself - both to keep mucous thin and ensure your milk supply. ...Read more

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How many hours after taking 2 tablets of "tylenol sinus congestion and pain" can a person consume one serving of alcohol?

How many hours after taking 2 tablets of "tylenol sinus congestion and pain" can a person consume one serving of alcohol?

Safety?: As a combination, it is likely to be indirectly harmful. You are unlikely to permanently damage your liver, but the effects on your alertness, reaction time as well as dizziness or fatigue should be considered. ...Read more

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I have bad sinus congestion. I took an antihistamine but it did not help. I'm off it now. And I am still congested. What can I do?

I have bad sinus congestion. I took an antihistamine but it did not help. I'm off it now. And I am still congested. What can I do?

Meds for congestion: Antihistamines usually do not help congestion. A doctor would need to know how long you've been congested and whether you have a sore throat, clear or yellow discharge, itching etc. Is it a cold, sinusitis or allergies? Generally, phenylrphrine, pseudoephedrine and Afrin are used short term for congestion. Chronic cases : evaluate nasal structure, allergies, rule out infection by exam and/or CT. ...Read more

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Can sinus congestion cause headaches that can appear anywhere? After a cold I have a headache on the top left side of my head near the back.

Can sinus congestion cause headaches that can appear anywhere? After a cold I have a headache on the top left side of my head near the back.

The sinuses are: Located above and below the eyes and sinus headache is in the front of the face/forehead. A headache towards the top or back of the head is more associated with routine headache or tension headache. ...Read more

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Hi, I was diagnosed with pneumonia this past monday and prescribed Levaquin, now I have sinus congestion, anything that I can take to aleviate that?

Hi, I was diagnosed with pneumonia this past monday and prescribed Levaquin, now I have sinus congestion, anything that I can take to aleviate that?

Sinus: Taking over-the-counter decongestants is a good choice. It is safe. I recommend pseudoephedrine. There are some side effects such as stimulation. It is like taking approximately 5 cups of coffee. I recommend not taking it at night. ...Read more

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Dry cough worse at night for 12 days, sinus clear. Got better for a day. Next day bad sinus congestion and feeling ill. Could it still be just a cold?

Dry cough worse at night for 12 days, sinus clear. Got better for a day. Next day bad sinus congestion and feeling ill. Could it still be just a cold?

Could be cold: It might be cold symptoms
Also it might be related to allergic reaction to something like pollens.
An allergic reaction might cause an increase in nasal discharge that goes down on the back of the throat to the upper airway and causes coughing, mainly at night as you lie down to sleep. ...Read more

Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


Dr. Nishan Odabashian
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Facial Swelling (Definition)

Facial swelling (edema) occurs when fluid accumulates in the facial tissues. This puffiness can occur for many reasons including ...Read more