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Dr. Steven Griggs
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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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Can air purifiers help prevent sinus infections?

Can air purifiers help prevent sinus infections?

Likely: HEPA grade air filters remove pollen, dander and small irritants from the air. If the sinus infections are related to chronic rhinosinusitis (persistent congestion being the predominant symptom), then it could help. Even more effective would be to identify the cause of the infections (CRS, immunodeficiency?) to guide management. An Allergist can help! ...Read more

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Get sinus infections every winter from dry air. Would personal steamers help? Is it bad to use them?

Get sinus infections every winter from dry air. Would personal steamers help? Is it bad to use them?

Ok: If you are using the steamer just for 15 minutes 2 to 3 x daily, you may be able to reduce the risk for sinusitis (not scientifically proven however). If you use the steamer continuously especially in the bedroom, it may encourage mold and dust mite growth. If you choose to use a humidifier, make sure the relative humidity does not exceed 50% and the container gets cleaned to prevent mold growth ...Read more

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My MRI shows severe mucoperiosteal thickening in the right ethmoid air cell. Could this be causing severe sinus headaches?

My MRI shows severe mucoperiosteal thickening in the right ethmoid air cell. Could this be causing severe sinus headaches?

Mri: Good question. If the inflammation is enough to block the sinus openings, it may cause headaches on that same side. One treatment may be an OTC steroid nasal spray ...Read more

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Had sinus surgery 3 weeks ago for polyps. Third surgery in 4 years. Now I feel like constantly breathing dry air. Is this normal? No turbinectomy FYI.

Not: But repeated surgeries could potentially damaged the nasal tissue causing atrophy and dryness. If you have needed 4 sinus surgeries at age 27, the 5th one is not far away unless you do something about it. I recommend you consult an allergist to find out the cause (cystic fibrosis, aspirin-intolerance, fungal sinusitis etc). ...Read more

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The dry air from heater makes my nose stuffy and burns. Can this cause sinus problems?

The dry air from heater makes my nose stuffy and burns. Can this cause sinus problems?

Dry air: YES - the purpose of your nose (besides the sense of smell) is to condition the air you breathe in - low humidity (from winter air or electric heat) can cause your sinuses to swell and produce more mucus to help condition the incoming air. Try a humidifier - even the inexpensive ones can help. Another option would be saline sprays/gels available over the counter you need moisture ...Read more

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Felt cool air in ear as if someone blew in ear. Felt it around temple above ear too. Have sinus issues lately. Is this sensation related to sinus?

Felt cool air in ear as if someone blew in ear. Felt it around temple above ear too. Have sinus issues lately. Is this sensation related to sinus?

Ears and Sinusitis: Greetings. Eustachian tube disorders and sinusitis are linked via the mucus membranes of the nasal cavity. Any ear symptoms can be linked to sinus disease because of the inflammation that occurs in both areas. The temporal pain may or may not be related to the sinusitis. See your doctor. Migraine or TMJ could be another cause. ...Read more

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I often get sinus pressure/stuffiness when the weather turns rainy. Why? I've always heard dry air is more irritating, but it's the opposite for me.

I often get sinus pressure/stuffiness when the weather turns rainy. Why? I've always heard dry air is more irritating, but it's the opposite for me.

Vasomotor?: You may just have an oversensitive nose which responds to irritants and weather changes readily. On the other hand, you may also have migraines which are often associated with unilateral nasal congestion. Have you tried taking any medication for your condition? If so, any of them worked at all? Try OTC nasal steroid. If no benefit after a week, contact your doctor. ...Read more

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After severe viral bronchitis meds done, still major sinus drainage & choking, with air sensitivity. Is this normal recovery or new sinus condition?

After severe viral bronchitis meds done, still major sinus drainage & choking, with air sensitivity. Is this normal recovery or new sinus condition?

Likely normal: Drainage and cough after an upper respiratory infection typically lasts for 3 weeks and can last up to 6 for some people even after the infection is clear. You should not experience return of fever or sudden worsening of symptoms though after initial improvement. ...Read more

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Can forced air heat cause you to catch a cold or a sinus infection?

Can forced air heat cause you to catch a cold or a sinus infection?

Probably not: I'm not sure what forced air heat is but colds and infection are spread mostly by contact with someone who is ill. We spread most viruses by mucous droplets, not from weather conditions or heated air. ...Read more

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Can forced air heat cause you to have a sinus infection or constant congestion?

Can forced air heat cause you to have a sinus infection or constant congestion?

Yes: It's usually the dust and particles in the air (dander, pollen, etc) that contributes to congestion and sinus problems. ...Read more

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I get a terrible sinus headache every time my forehead is exposed to cold, winter air- what could this be?

I get a terrible sinus headache every time my forehead is exposed to cold, winter air- what could this be?

Vasomotor: This could be vasomotor rhinitis which would cause the sinus tissue to become congested and then clog the sinuses. You could try some nasal steroid spray or atrovent nasal spray. ...Read more

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I am prone to very frequent sinus infections. I live in the desert - should I avoid the very cold, extremely dry winter air? Would face covering help?

I am prone to very frequent sinus infections. I live in the desert - should I avoid the very cold, extremely dry winter air? Would face covering help?

Sinus infection: Cold, dry air can predispose you to infection. Moisturizing your nasal passages with saline nasal spray or even saline irrigation may be helpful. Keeping your nose and mouth covered with a scarf or mask when outdoors can also help keep your nose more moist. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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Had an MRI done everything normal mostly except mild ethmoid air cell and bilateral maxillary sinus thickening but don't get sinus headaches explain?

Had an MRI done everything normal mostly except mild ethmoid air cell and bilateral maxillary sinus thickening but don't get sinus headaches explain?

Mild mucosal: Thickening of the sinuses is a common incidental MRI finding that is often seen in patients with no symptoms. If you are not having symptoms, it is likely of no significance and requires no treatment. ...Read more

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Plz explain. Minimal to mild chronic appearing paranasal sinus inflammatory changes. Mildly increased ethmoid air cells. No acute sinusitis or osseous changes.

Plz explain. Minimal to mild chronic appearing paranasal sinus inflammatory changes. Mildly increased ethmoid air cells. No acute sinusitis or osseous changes.

Sinusitis: It usually means that you a lingering mild chronic inflammation in your sinuses often associated with allergies. It usually is self limiting but if you are having bothersome symptoms would try a nasal spray such as Flonase ...Read more

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What does soft tissue densities in mastoid air cells, middle ear cavity, and sphenoid sinus mean?

What does soft tissue densities in mastoid air cells, middle ear cavity, and sphenoid sinus mean?

Nasal Sinus X-rays: The densities are either an active infection in the sinuses or most likely residual chronic inflammation from previous infections. The findings do not sound serious unless severe acute pain and fever is present. The best option is to review the radiographic evaluation with the ordering physician or an ENT specialist. ...Read more

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I have a horrible sinus infection that has cut off air flow to my ears. I bent over experienced a pop followed by pain and no sound?

I have a horrible sinus infection that has cut off air flow to my ears. I bent over experienced a pop followed by pain and no sound?

Hearing loss: The symptoms you decribe could be caused by fluid in the inner ear, infection or perhaps a ruptured eardrum. Please seek the evaluation of a physician in the near future. ...Read more

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Why does dry air cause my nose to burn and get stuffy? Can this cause sinus infections?

Why does dry air cause my nose to burn and get stuffy? Can this cause sinus infections?

See below: Justin: Sinus or sinusitis is an overused term, without a uniform connotation. Dry air can dry out the mucus membrane of the nose and cause a sensation of burning, especially if you do not make enough mucus. Dry air by itself does not cause sinusitis. Bacterial infection in the sinuses may require antibiotic treatment. Seeing your doctor would be prudent to settle the issue. ...Read more

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I've taken sinus pills abuterol pro air seems like nun s wrkn I have a persistant cough chest burns choking spells n I have asthma n allergies?

I've taken sinus pills abuterol pro air seems like nun s wrkn I have a persistant cough chest burns choking spells n I have asthma n allergies?

See allergist: Albuterol should not be used as the only medication for persistent asthma. Acid reflux can cause coughing and chest burning as well. You need to talk with your doctor about all these issues. If he cannot help you, consult an allergist. ...Read more

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Suffering from chronic dizziness, heavy head, face swelling when subjected to cold air or cold drink, doctors mentioned no sinus infection observed?

Suffering from chronic dizziness, heavy head, face swelling when subjected to cold air or cold drink, doctors mentioned no sinus infection observed?

See an ENT doctor: And possibly a neurologist. There has to be a reason for these symptoms and this should be diagnosed effectively by experts in this area. ...Read more

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Minor Musocal thickening within the left frontal sinus, the ethmoid air cells and right maxillary atrium found in MRI scan, have bad frontal headaches?

Minor Musocal thickening within the left frontal sinus, the ethmoid air cells and right maxillary atrium found in MRI scan, have bad frontal headaches?

Mucosal thickening: What you are describing is completely normal with incidental finding of mucosal thickening on MRI. It is very common to see mild sinus mucosal thickening on MRI. It is not diagnostic of sinus infection or sinus obstruction. The cause of your headache is unlikely to be related to your sinuses. ...Read more

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My throat and part of my sinus don't feel good when I am in an air conditioned room and sometimes have been spitting blood when to much aircon?

My throat and part of my sinus don't feel good when I am in an air conditioned room and sometimes have been spitting blood when to much aircon?

Allergic rhinitis: That is part of the allergic rhinitis syndrome. You develop allergy, small amount of mucous but enough to dry up the blood vessels in the back of the nose and throat they are engorged, hence the congestion, and then pop, hence the blood in the spit. Main treatment is avoidance, and if unavoidable, try antihistamine like Allegra or Claritin and the allergy nasal or steoid sprays. ...Read more

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I have a bad sinus infection that has cut off air flow to my ear canals totally. I bent over today got a huge pop sound fallowed by pain and no sound?

Antibiotics: If you have a sinus infection and those symptoms then you would need an antibiotic, a steroid nasal spray, two days of a decongestant spray such as afrin. Mucinex (guaifenesin) is an option to thin the mucus and possibly a decongestant pill like sudafed depending on certain factors in your history such as you blood pressure and heart status. If this is repetitive then allergy skin tests are necessary. ...Read more