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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

Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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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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Itchy feeling in lungs, constant non productive cough, no sinus or drainage issues. Do have asthma, but albuterol isn't helping. Asthma or other?

Itchy feeling in lungs, constant non productive cough, no sinus or drainage issues. Do have asthma, but albuterol isn't helping. Asthma or other?

See doctor: This indicates that your asthma is not well controlled and frequent use of albuterol for relief often leads to worsening in asthma. Seek medical care before it is too late. It appears that you will need a controller medication and soon. ...Read more

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

Have asthma. Clear sinus drainage. Dr gave steriod shot in hip with nasonex (mometasone). 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 woke up today not feeling good. Here is the symptoms. Coughing, Weight in lungs, shortness of breath, chunky dry bloody phlegm, sinus drainage, muscle ache, lethargy, lightheaded, mirgraine, and fever. Any suggestions?

I woke up today not feeling good. Here is the symptoms. Coughing, Weight in lungs, shortness of breath, chunky dry bloody phlegm, sinus drainage, muscle ache, lethargy, lightheaded, mirgraine, and fever. Any suggestions?

SEE DOCTOR ASAP: It seems you are pretty sick and may have a lower respiratory infection like Acute Bronchitis or Pnumonia and need to see your Doctor asap. If can not see Doctor go to the ER
Meanwhile Drink plenty of fluids and take Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen if youbdo not have allergy to it or have a stomach ulcer.
You need examination and also may need Chest Xray and treatment with Antibiotics if Bacterial infection. ...Read more

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Operated fungus ball in left maxillary sinus. Now, postnasal discharge (~ right side) in stomach and left lung. Big spleen. Smelly urine. What could be?

Operated fungus ball in left maxillary sinus. Now, postnasal discharge (~ right side) in stomach and left lung. Big spleen. Smelly urine. What could be?

See doctor: Fungal ball in the sinus is not expected to cause urinary, abdominal, or urinary symptoms. If this affects your lung, then one needs to rule out the presence of fungal ball in the lung also. With the large spleen, I suspect that you are having a systemic disease and this requires tests and examination to clarify. By the way, the odor of urine is not usually diagnostic of anything. ...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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Does sinus infection cause lungs to hurt?

Does sinus infection cause lungs to hurt?

Not usually: A sinus infection is usually in your head/face/cheeks. It should not, typically, cause your lungs to hurt. Unless, of course, the infection tracked down into your lungs and caused pneumonia. Would get checked out. ...Read more

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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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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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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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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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Recent test +Ig A for aspergillus by allergist. Recur sinus/ lung probs inc past + cultures mucor, dematicus, & saprophytic. Who should see now.

Recent test +Ig A for aspergillus by allergist. Recur sinus/ lung probs inc past + cultures mucor, dematicus, & saprophytic. Who should see now.

2nd opinion/: The presence of IgA to Asp merely means exposure. If you have sinus & lung problems, you need to consult an ENT and another allergist who is more familiar with fungal issues especially if you have been exposed to water damage. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with sinus infection, on augumentin for past 5 days. Cough actually worse now, teeny breathless. This normal? (lungs were clear last week).

Diagnosed with sinus infection, on augumentin for past 5 days. Cough actually worse now, teeny breathless. This normal? (lungs were clear last week).

Call the doctor: Maybe it isn't the right antibiotic or maybe it is not a bacterial sinus infection, depending on how long you had it before you started augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate). Many sinus infections take 1-3 weeks of treatment, so be patient if your doctor tells you to be patient. ...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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37 yr old stroke victim caused by sinus infection; has been in coma for a week; lung collapsed. Prognosis?

37 yr old stroke victim caused by sinus infection; has been in coma for a week; lung collapsed. Prognosis?

Not enough info: Prognosis is based on much more data than you can provide here. This person sounds very ill though. Sorry. Hope for the best. ...Read more

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I have very hypersensitive lungs and diagnosed asthma. I've had post nasal drip and sinus irritation for months which is aggravating my asthma. Meds?

I have very hypersensitive lungs and diagnosed asthma. I've had post nasal drip and sinus irritation for months which is aggravating my asthma. Meds?

SInus and Asthma: It is not unusual to have nasal/sinus problems combined with asthma; the cellular changes affecting the nasal passages and bronchial tubes are similar. While a number of medications may help PND and other nasal symptoms (intranasal and oral antihistamines, decongestants and intranasal steroids) an evaluation to determine the underlying cause (allergy, polyps etc) will allow more specific therapy. ...Read more

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Had cold w/ congest and cough, went to doctor after weeks. They said lungs clear, got sinus meds and inhaler for wheezing, month later still wheezing.

Had cold w/ congest and cough, went to doctor after weeks. They said lungs clear, got sinus meds and inhaler for wheezing, month later still wheezing.

Asthma?: Has you physician ruled out asthma? If not, it is a simple test. Not all asthmatics have the typical symptoms of difficult breathing. Wheezing and coughing are also in the picture. Get checked out and have this ruled out before you go any further. ...Read more

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My dr is out of town so I went to urgent care for a sinus infection that went to my lungs-wheezing all night -My dr always said to use my netty pot an?

MD exam: You need a full history and physical exam with vital signs. The CDC has criteria for the treatment of sinusitis and differentiating acute bacterial rhino sinusitis ABRS from allergic rhinitis or other causes. You should use Flonase to treat your sinus problems and if you have wheezing you need an in person exam rule out asthma/bronchitis/pneumonia other upper respiratory issues. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with a sinus infection today. I am being sent for x-rays do to clear lungs bilaterally with diminished breath sounds. What causes that?

I was diagnosed with a sinus infection today. I am being sent for x-rays do to clear lungs bilaterally with diminished breath sounds. What causes that?

Lung function test: Although sinus infection can worsen asthma symptoms, treating the sinus infection alone does not necessarily improve your asthma immediately. You need a lung function test to find out the cause for your respiratory symptoms and be treated accordingly. If your doc can't see you within a day or two, go to an urgent care or ER. ...Read more

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Just getting over cold and sinus infection nose is drying out and lungs also but I coughed and a little bright red was present in clear saliva?

Just getting over cold and sinus infection nose is drying out and lungs also but I coughed and a little bright red was present in clear saliva?

Monitor this: Blood tinged sputum is relatively common after acute upper respiratory infection with cough. Usually due to irritation from coughing and resolves in a day or two. If you persistently notice this, then you need to be examined by a physician. ...Read more

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Can sinus chest pain give you chest pain like a collapsed lung? Chest xray came back. Good

Can sinus chest pain give you chest pain like a collapsed lung? Chest xray came back. Good

Depends: It's hard for me to imagine the pain of a collapsed lung (I have not have one) but I can imagine the sob. In sinus problem you cough and can cause pain, even rib fracture which was ruled out by xr. I can also cause sudden pulls on the intercostals, hence chest wall pain. The inflammation from the same cause as the sinus problem, even viral etiology, can cause pleurisy. ...Read more

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