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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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Dr. Janice Alexander
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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. 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 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 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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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

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