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How do you tell if a cough is due to lung congestion or just sinus drainage?

How do you tell if a cough is due to lung congestion or just sinus drainage?

Physician Eval...: Often, your doctor can tell the difference by examining you, including listening to your lungs with a stethoscope while you breathe deeply. If your lungs are congested, there will be abnormal sounds over your lung fields. With sinus congestion, your lungs will sound normal (unless bronchospasm related to your sinuses is present..If so, wheezing will be heard!). ...Read more

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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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Have asthma. Clear sinus drainage. Dr gave steriod shot in hip with nasonex. Nebulizer treatment made lung function better but i still have cough?

Have asthma. Clear sinus drainage. Dr gave steriod shot in hip with nasonex. Nebulizer treatment  made lung function better but i still have cough?

PFTs: Pulmonary function testing will help to determine whether or not your lung function is in a proper range or not. Cough is a nonspecific finding that may be associated with an asthma exacerbation, but there are many other causes. ...Read more

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I have a sinus issue. Could this be related to my lung health?

I have a sinus issue. Could this be related to my lung health?

Usually not: Sinus problems are usually related to the sinuses in your face and are usually related to some allergy, rather than something related to your lungs. ...Read more

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Could my lungs hurt with a sinus infection?

Could my lungs hurt with a sinus infection?

Unlikely: If you have a sinus infection only then the answer would be no. However frequently the pt can have a sinus infection as well as a lung infection so then the answer would be yes. Need more information but if you are a smoker this is a very common scenario. ...Read more

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How do I know if a sinus infection spread to my lungs?

How do I know if a sinus infection spread to my lungs?

Productive cough: A upper respiratory viral infection will start in the nose and throat, causing clear drainage and sore throat. Towards the end it will generally spread to lungs, causing cough, and viral bronchitis. If the cold lasts longer than about 10 days, and the drainage turns green or yellow, it may very well be a sinus infection. If your cough produces yellow mucus, it could be pneumonia. See a doc. ...Read more

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I have a severe lung condition, but I also have asthma, bronchitis, and the most severe case of sinus polyps he has ever seen but is taking his time t?

I have a severe lung condition, but I also have asthma, bronchitis, and the most severe case of sinus polyps he has ever seen but is taking his time t?

Aspirin?: You may have a condition known as aspirin-exacerbated respiratory disease which can be difficult to treatment. You don't need to take any ASA or NSAID tp get it but taking these drugs often trigger a severe attack. Consult an allergist to find out since Aspirin desensitization often provides great relief for your condition. ...Read more

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For the last week I have had what seems to be a sinus infection. Used the pot to rinse my sinus several times. This morning my lungs are burning. Why?

For the last week I have had what seems to be a sinus infection. Used the pot to rinse my sinus several times. This morning my lungs are burning. Why?

Reactive: Some individuals develop reactive airways from an upper respiratory infection. Or, it may not be an infection at all but could be nasal allergies that can also trigger the same. See your doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Allergies or sinus issues is causing excess mucus to build up and form on my lungs which is aggravating my asthma very badly. It won't go away...

Allergies or sinus issues is causing excess mucus to build up and form on my lungs which is aggravating my asthma very badly. It won't go away...

Antihistamines?: If you know for sure that your sinus issues are allergy related, talk to your physician about non-sedating antihistamines or allergy testing and desenitization. ...Read more

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What does it mean if my left lung hurts when i cough? My lower left back of the rib cage hurts when i cough. I currently have a cold\ sinus infect.

What does it mean if my left lung hurts when i cough?  My lower left back of the rib cage hurts when i cough.  I currently have a cold\ sinus infect.

Let me explain: Pneumonia often mimics the flu, beginning with a cough and a fever, so you may not realize you have a more serious condition. Symptoms can vary depending on your age and general health. The symptoms: fever lower-than-normal body temperature in older people cough shortness of breath sweating shaking chills chest pain that fluctuates with breathing (pleurisy) headache muscle pain fatigue. ...Read more

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Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


Discharge (Definition)

Discharge can be a noun or a verb; it has multiple meanings in physics, chemistry, military, and legal usage. The most common medical meaning is a substance that is being excreted. Examples: pus is the discharge from a pimple; a vaginal discharge can mean infection; an ear discharge can mean an infection of the outer ear tract; a nasal discharge ...Read more


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