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Dr. Barbara Lavi
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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 have tried over-the-counter medications for sinus congestion yet nothing seems to work. Any ideas?

I have tried over-the-counter medications for sinus congestion yet nothing seems to work. Any ideas?

Sinus congestion: Try irrigating your nose with saline or hypertonic saline. Regular saline is a mixture or one teaspoon kosher salt to one quart of water, tap or boiled. It does not matter. For hypertonic and more congestion add 3 tsp salt to one quart of water. 50 cc each nostril 4 times a day. You can add some baking soda, a pitch, for better ph balance. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have CMV mono with sinus congestion, hoarseness, sneezing. What medications do you recommend?

None: There are no effective medications worth the risk of taking or of adequate efficacy in treating CMV infection. ...Read more

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

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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I took DayQuil 3 hours ago for sinus congestion and cough, it has not helped. When is it safe to take a 12 hour Claritin (loratadine) D ?

I took DayQuil  3 hours ago for sinus congestion and cough, it has not helped. When is it safe to take a 12 hour Claritin (loratadine) D ?

4-6 hours usually: Check the instructions on your bottle of Dayquil and find out the suggested interval between doses. You can safely take Claritin (loratadine) D any time after that interval. You can also take Robitussin DM or Delsym for cough simultaneously. Make sure you aren't duplicating any individual ingredients. The number one problem with multi-symptom OTC meds is inadvertent overdosing! ...Read more

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What are some remedies for severe sinus congestion?

OTC treatments: You can use oxymetazoline nasal spray (only use for 3 days), sinus irrigation, and oral decongestants. If you are also having "allergies" during the sinus congestion, otc antihistamines may be helpful as well. ...Read more

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What is a good remedy for sinus congestion?

What is a good remedy for sinus congestion?

Diagnosis: This is a common question asked by patients. How do you know your paranasal sinuses are congested? Could it really be your nose is congested. So the answer to your question is a specific diagnosis must be made. Otc meds such as Robitussin or Mucinex (guaifenesin) my help but certainly allergy needs to be ruled out. The gold standard to prove that you have sinusitis is a cat scan. ...Read more

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What is the best medicine for sinus congestion and a cough?

What is the best medicine for sinus congestion and a cough?

OTC is ok: If this is a short duration problems (< 1 week) then over the counter (otc) medications like mucinex, (guaifenesin) robitussin, or other cough and cold remedies are fine. Read and follow the labels, as even otc meds can be harmful. If this is a longer term problem see your pcp or ENT as there could be a need for prescription type medications. Best wishes. ...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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Is my shortness of breath related to my sinus congestion?

Is my shortness of breath related to my sinus congestion?

In a way: Your sinus congestion could also mean your lungs are congested. Shortness of breath (sob) is more troublesome, so go see your dr. To ensure your lungs are healthy and your sob is not due to something else. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is the difference between sinus infection and just sinus congestion?

What is the difference between sinus infection and just sinus congestion?

Infection or not: Sinus infection is when an organism colonizes the linings of your sinuses and lives there causing symptoms including pain and secretions. Congestion occurs as a reaction of the sinus lining to a variety of agents and irritants and fills up with secretions. It can lead to infection, but responds to irrigation and decongestants. They can occur simultaneously. ...Read more

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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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Any ideas on why i'm sneezing a lot after taking sinus congestion medicine?

Any ideas on why i'm sneezing a lot after taking sinus congestion medicine?

Sneezing: It isn't uncommon for someone to sneeze in response to nose sprays containing corticosteroids. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if i could take Mucinex (guaifenesin) for sinus congestion?

Try mist: Mucinex (guaifenesin) is an expectorant - it helps loosen chest congestion, but in my opinion will not help your sinuses. Inhaled warm mist would be helpful as would a nettie pot and sinus rinse. ...Read more

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I just took 2 sudafed for my sinus congestion, can I take anything with it for my coughing spasms?

I just took 2 sudafed for my sinus congestion, can I take anything  with it for my coughing spasms?

Coughing spasms: Coughing spasms are symptoms of whooping cough especially when gasping for air in between with or without choking or vomiting are signs of pertussis or whooping cough. If the cough is persistent, i recommend you to be tested for it and/or get treated. Cases of pertussis have increased recently thus my vigilance for diagnosing it. ...Read more

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Does drinking a lot of caffeinated beverages affect glaucoma and does having sinus congestion affect glaucoma?

Probably not: There is a temporary increase in the eye pressure to a small degree from the ingestion of a large volume of liquid until the kidney gets rid of it. The caffeine does not alter the fluid relationships in the eye and so is not a problem. Sinus congestion is an independent problem and unrelated to eye pressure. ...Read more

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Dr. Terri Washington
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Thyroid Diseases (Definition)

You can have problems with they thyroid making too much or too little thyroid hormone. You can also have problems with it being too large (goiter) of having nodules or cysts in it. There are also occasional thyroid cancers. Most thyroid problems can be easily diagnosed and treated ...Read more


Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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Thyroid (Definition)

The thyroid is an endocrine gland that sits in the lower part of the neck. It produces thyroid hormone - which ...Read more