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Do sinus infections cause nose bleeds? I also have a bad taste in my mouth, ear popping, throat pain, and nasal congestion.

Do sinus infections cause nose bleeds? I also have a bad taste in my mouth, ear popping, throat pain, and nasal congestion.

Can, but not common: But wiping the nose can cause irritation. Drainage and congestion from it are very common to cause taste changes, drainage, ear popping, throat irritation, etc. ...Read more

Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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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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How do you relieve sinus congestion and ear fullness?

How do you relieve sinus congestion and ear fullness?

Try nasal steroid: The ear plugging is likely from the nasal congestion and nasal steroid is likely the most effective in relieving the nasal stuffiness even though it may take a few days. If problem persists, see allergist. ...Read more

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My left ear hasn't equalized since yesterday, is that bad? I drove from an elevation of 10, 200ft to 4400ft, and with sinus congestion for past week.

No usually: This may be from barotrauma due to change in altitude not unlikely what one often experiences with the plane descending. In most cases, it would resolve in less than 2 weeks. However you need to get something to decongest your nose but do not use otc decongestant spray for more than 5 days maximum. This may well hasten your recovery. ...Read more

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Cold with ear congestion, for 2 weeks now decongestants, ear popping not working need help please?

Cold with ear congestion, for 2 weeks now decongestants, ear popping not working need help please?

Eustachian tube: The ear popping is likely do to transient opening of a eustachian tube that has swollen do to the cold. That will often trap mucous in the middle ear and reduce hearing while it is there. This can take a few weeks to clear up but should do some over time. If it becomes painful or you run fever, have your doc see if it became infected. ...Read more

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I am just getting over a cold. I am experiencing ear pain in my left ear and sinus congestion and headache. Why am I getting new symptoms?

I am just getting over a cold. I am experiencing ear pain in my left ear and sinus congestion and headache. Why am I getting new symptoms?

Complicated: Cold and cough may have exacerbated tmj. Residual inflammation in eustachian tube may have lead to otitis media (hearing loss is key sign of this). If you have pain in the temples and on opening and closing of mouth - think tmj. Take some Motrin and softer foods. ...Read more

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I pinched my nose and clear sinus congestion -now have fullness in left ear, slight ringing, mild pain. What percent chance do I have perf TM?

I pinched my nose and clear sinus congestion -now have fullness in left ear, slight ringing, mild pain. What percent chance do I have perf TM?

Almost zero: Under normal circumstances the eustachian tube allows drainage of fluid from the inner ear to the nasopharynx, behind nose. When the nose is pinched and pressure applied, air and sometimes fluid ise forced up the eustachian tube. This can result in feeling of fullness, ringing, and/or pain due to the increased pressure applied to the ear drum (TM). The chance of perforated TM is ...Read more

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Can Cold/Sinus congestion cause a whooshing sound in your ears (my right ear) in certain positions like bending my head forward/towards the right?

Can Cold/Sinus congestion cause a whooshing sound in your ears (my right ear) in certain positions like bending my head forward/towards the right?

Yes it can...: Fluid accumulated in your ears due to congestion can cause this type of symptoms. Usually with plenty of fluids and decongestants gets better in a matter of a few days. ...Read more

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After Turbinate Reduction surgery, how long before everything returns to normal? (i.e. congestion, mucus buildup, sore nose, ears popping)

After Turbinate Reduction surgery, how long before everything returns to normal? (i.e. congestion, mucus buildup, sore nose, ears popping)

Up to a month: It took mine about that long to heal up. Individual results may vary. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...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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How to get fix a retracted ear drum. Sinus congestion one month, constant postnasal drip ear pressure got severe two weeks ago with loss of hearing?

How to get fix a retracted ear drum. Sinus congestion one month, constant postnasal drip ear pressure got severe two weeks ago with loss of hearing?

Sinus Issue: Many of my patients have problems with their ear (retracted ear drum) due to their problems with their sinuses. I have been able to help alot of patients by treating their sinus issues appropriately. Also, some physicians are now dilating the eustachian tube (relatively new procedure - not fda approved) which can help in refractory cases. ...Read more

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I have been suffering since Monday with sinus congestion, feeling lethargic, stuffy/running nose, sore ears and today I have lost my voice

I have been suffering since Monday with sinus congestion, feeling lethargic, stuffy/running nose, sore ears and today I have lost my voice

You sound sick.: This could be a sinus infection or even the flu. You may require treatment. You need to visit your PMD or consult with one of us on HealthTap. ...Read more

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Got cold. Sinuses were stuffed, cleared them up. Just ear is stuffed. Taking Afrin (oxymetazoline). Had slight fever but gone now. Ear infection? Or sinus congestion?

Got cold. Sinuses were stuffed, cleared them up. Just ear is stuffed. Taking Afrin (oxymetazoline). Had slight fever but gone now. Ear infection? Or sinus congestion?

Probably both: If you have history of ear and sinus infections you are more prone to get these, which frequently come together due to the interconnected spaces in ear and nasal cavities. You can be seen by your regular doctor for antibiotics and sinus decongestant that has worked for you in the past. ...Read more

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My 17 month old keeps getting a cold, sinus congestion and ear-aches. He gets sick once every 1-2 months, Cystic fibrosis? Screening was clear. Latino

My 17 month old keeps getting a cold, sinus congestion and ear-aches. He gets sick once every 1-2 months, Cystic fibrosis? Screening was clear. Latino

Follow up/Cilia: Children of this age can have multiple common viral illnesses during the course of a year, especially if they attend daycare. If he is otherwise well, growing and developing normally there may be no abnormality.
Other considerations include defects in the cilia. It is important to follow up with you physician.
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Should I be worried about ear infection? I already went to the doctor and got the medication to take care of my ear infection. But I have a bad cold as well and sinus congestion. I had to blow my nose and felt as though something was coming out of my ear

Should I be worried about ear infection? I already went to the doctor and got the medication to take care of my ear infection. But I have a bad cold as well and sinus congestion. I had to blow my nose and felt as though something was coming out of my ear

Your: Your symptoms are very common for an upper respiratory tract infection--usually viral and will go away after 10-14 days. An ear infection can also be viral or bacterial. If it is bacterial, an antibiotic should help it heal faster. Nasal congestion can lead to ear problems due to swelling of the eustachian tube that normally equalizes pressure in the middle ear.

Even after the cold has resolved, the ear symptoms can last for weeks. Afrin can help, but only take it as directed for 3 days. Then stop it no matter how your nose feels--it can quickly become habit forming as your nose learns to rely on it rather than its own mechanisms to decongest. Sudafed or other decongestants can help, but have the same potential for addiction (less likely than afrin) for those who stay on it for too long. ...Read more

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High fever (3rd day), sore throat/ear discomfort when swallowing, slight sinus congestion. Taking cephalexin 500mg. 3 doses--fever persists but lower.

High fever (3rd day), sore throat/ear discomfort when swallowing, slight sinus congestion. Taking cephalexin 500mg. 3 doses--fever persists but lower.

Drink Water: Possibly fever due to not taking enough water. Note: water is not the same as tea/coffee which are diuretics and reduce body fluids. Chicken soup is always desireable. ...Read more

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Sinus congestion and pain, pain left ear, slight fever, post nasal drip, cough, headache, chest and back pain, lost voice, sore throat, green phlegm?

Sinus congestion and pain, pain left ear, slight fever, post nasal drip, cough, headache, chest and back pain, lost voice, sore throat, green phlegm?

Viral infection: Probably an old fashioned cold that you should treat with over the counter cold meds for 3-5 days. If no improvement, see your doctor! ...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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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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I currently have a concussion from a head injury 5 days ago. Today I've developed a low grade fever, sinus congestion with no dripping, dizziness, & spinning sensation, in addition to my already prevalent headache. Is this normal?

No: The dizziness and headaches perhaps but the sinus congestion and low grade fever no. I suspect that you are catching a cold as well but it is best to double check with your doctor ASAP to make sure that you do not have anything more serious such as subdural hematoma. ...Read more

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6 weeks post septoplasty/sinus widening/polyps removed. Normal to feel inner ear popping/tickly sinuses, swelling after zpack/prednisone? Worried!

Don't worry but call: Call your surgeon and let them know about your symptoms. You may have some persistent fluid in the ear (serous otitis media) which is not a major problem. However your surgeon should be notified for appropriate followup and care which may include a change in antibiotics, decongestants or imaging. ...Read more

Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Ears Popping (Definition)

Air pressure changes caused by decreases in altitude can cause painful pressure behind the ear drum. You can help your baby equalize the pressure behind the eardrum by encouraging swallowing. On an airplane, begin feeding your baby when the ...Read more


Dr. Mark Loury
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Congestion (Definition)

Congestion = aggregation ...Read more