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I am an adult and both of my ears ache. What are the symptoms of ear infections. I have no fever but have a slight sinus headache.?

I am an adult and both of my ears ache.  What are the symptoms of ear infections. I have no fever but have a slight sinus headache.?

By looking : Ear pain may just indicate fluid in the ear. If you have fever that may suggest you have ear infection. Motrin (if you are not allergic) would help with ear ache. But the only way to know is to have a doctor take a look at your ear drums. ...Read more

Dr. Qamar Khan
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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 a sore throat earache stiff neck my gums hurt and a sinus headache. I am prone to sinus infections and that's what I thought it was but now I h?

I have a sore throat earache stiff neck my gums hurt and a sinus headache. I am prone to sinus infections and that's what I thought it was but now I h?

Well or Worse: After this length of time, you are probably either better, have seen a doctor, well, or worse. The only thing I would be able to offer you at this time if you are still ill is that of an antibiotic for ear and sinus infection. If you wish to do one of the Virtual Consults:

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Having what feels like sinus headache. Can breath through nose just fine.Drainageclear, sinus rinse is clear. Sinusi nfection meningitis? I'm worried

Having what feels like sinus headache. Can breath through nose just fine.Drainageclear,  sinus rinse is clear. Sinusi nfection meningitis? I'm worried

No fever?: Probable viral URI. I suggest the following: Force fluids x 8-10 glasses/day: 50% electrolyte rich fluids, 50% clear broth, bullion, consume .Warm water gargles, nasal saline mist, hot tea and honey,
Hot steam showers, Cold-Eze Lozenges, Tylenol 1-2 TABLETS every 4-6 hours as needed for fever greater than 100. Tea with dark brown honey OK to use Robitussin DM 1-2 tsp. every 4-6 hrs.as needed. ...Read more

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Had sinus surgery to clear bad infection. Month after, getting sinus pain/headaches and weird damp smell again. Could the infection be returning?

Had sinus surgery to clear bad infection. Month after, getting sinus pain/headaches and weird damp smell again. Could the infection be returning?

Could be: Or you can have some true allergic inflammation that is not controlled, and would stay even after the surgery, please recheck with the surgeons and also seek an allergist / Immunologist opinion, check aaaai.org or acaai.org for an allergist in your area, good luck ...Read more

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Having massive headaches and sinus pain.. Had a bad cold about a week ago did it turn into sinus infection?

Having massive headaches  and sinus pain.. Had a bad cold about a week ago did it turn into sinus infection?

Actually....: The symptoms are not a great indicator of sinus infection nor are MRI's or even biopsies. The best is simply looking at the back of the throat to see if there is purulent drainage, in which case antibiotics are quite helpful. otherwise anti-histamine decongestant combinations are a good idea if NOT a bacterial infection. ...Read more

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Can tension headaches cause sinus pain and congestion? Went to dr and have no sinus infection. Sinus congestion is always worse when I'm tense

Can tension headaches cause sinus pain and congestion? Went to dr and have no sinus infection. Sinus congestion is always worse when I'm tense

Consider seeing: an ENT doctor. He/she specializes in this combo of sinus pain and headache. Your doc can make a referral. There is a natural nasal spray called XLEAR that may be useful also. Peace and good health. Some folks prefer the use of a neti pot to cleanse nasal passages. ...Read more

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Do you think I have the flu? I'm not vomiting and I don't have diarreaah or but I have a sinus headache kinda and a stomach ache not bad sinus infect

Do you think I have the flu? I'm not vomiting and I don't have diarreaah or but I have a sinus headache kinda and a stomach ache not bad sinus infect

Probably not flu: but may be some other viral illness. The flu (influenza) symptoms include:A 100 F or higher fever or feeling feverish (not everyone with the flu has a fever), A cough and/or sore throat, runny or stuffy nose. Headaches and/or body aches. Chills. Fatigue. The body aches and chills are quite severe. Maybe nausea and vomiting. The U.S. Flu season hasn't really started yet. Get your flu shot! ...Read more

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What's the difference between a sinus headache and a sinus infection? I've heard the term "sinus headache" used frequently.

What's the difference between a sinus headache and a sinus infection? I've heard the term "sinus headache" used frequently.

Not always sinuses: The term sinus headache is way overused. In fact, many "sinus" headache patients have completely clear sinuses on scans.. Meaning it never was coming from the sinuses! migraine is a missed diagnosis in many such patients. If you have sinus infection there is often facial and/or dental pain, nasal drainage, congestion, cough, bad breath, fever etc. If it's just pressure, it is headache. ...Read more

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Say I have knee inflamation from my sinus headache/infection, does that mean its bacterial?

Say I have knee inflamation from my sinus headache/infection, does that mean its bacterial?

ECG : It is certainly better to have a normal ECG than an abnormal one. It doen't prove nothing is wrong but makes it more likely. ...Read more

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I have a sinus headache and my ear is achy. I really don't want it to turn into a sinus infection; I've already had a couple in the past. Any advice?

I have a sinus headache and my ear is achy. I really don't want it to turn into a sinus infection; I've already had a couple in the past. Any advice?

Sinus pain: Hi, treat any allergy you might have, steaming could help, irrigating the nose with salt water or Saline is helpful, also you can buy Nasocort OTC and use that. ...Read more

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Stuffy nose. Coughing. Sinus headache. Coughing up green phlgem. Could this be a sinus infection?

Stuffy nose. Coughing. Sinus headache. Coughing up green phlgem.  Could this be a sinus  infection?

Green Sputum: Yes, it could be a sinus infection. We always worry about pneumonia, but if you feel generally well, have no fever or chest pain, and can breath normally, you most likely do not have pneumonia. Sinus infections can respond to decongestants and nasal saline, but persistent ones may require antibiotics. Otc cough suppressants can help your cough, especially at night, and tylenol (acetaminophen) can help the ha. ...Read more

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I recently had a throat infection and cold.. Now I have a sinus headache.. Throbbing pain in the region between the eyebrows! I have exams coming up!

I recently had a throat infection and cold.. Now I have a sinus headache.. Throbbing pain in the region between the eyebrows! I have exams coming up!

Get checked: New sinus pain after a recent cold may suggest bacterial sinus infection (the cold virus incapacitates natural defenses against bacteria). You may need treatment in order to feel well and perform at your best on exams. ...Read more

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What can my grandfather take for a sinus headache, when he takes medication for parkinsons?

What can my grandfather take for a sinus headache, when he takes medication for parkinsons?

Soe meds are safe: Tylenol, (acetaminophen) antihistamines(eg Claritin alavert etc, not with "d") should not react with his parkinsons meds. Prescription nasal steroids are also helpful. Frequently "sinus" headaches are actually migraines and are treated much differently. He should discuss this with his primary care doc. ...Read more

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How can I cure a sinus headache?

Sinus HA: Saline lavages, saline nasal sprays, and inhalation of steam and vapor like the netti pot. These can be used liberally. Beginning now, a short course of afrin or other long acting otc nasal spray 2 puffs each nostril three times a day for three days should help. ...Read more

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What to do for sinus headache in forward ?

What to do for sinus headache in forward ?

Sinus headache: If the sinus headache is caused by infection, it is to be treated. If it is allergies, then this needs to be addressed. The problem needs to be treated by addressing the cause thereof. ...Read more

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Is it normal to feel nauseas with a sinus headache?

Is it normal to feel nauseas with a sinus headache?

Depends: Some people equate facial pressure or sinus pressure with a headache. This problem may be due to allergies or a sinus infection infection. This shouldn't cause nausea. If your headache is more of a migraine condition, then nausea would be commonly associated with that. If this is a longstanding problem for you, you should see a doctor to sort this out. ...Read more

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How to get rid of my sinus headache?

How to get rid of my sinus headache?

Depends: Sinus headache is caused by a difference in pressure between the sinus cavity and the outside world. The drainage pathway of the sinuses are narrow. When swelling occurs in the nasal cavity, this becomes blocked. Reversing the swelling will allow for the pressure to equalize. Knowing the cause of the swelling helps determine what works best - uri, allergy, infection, etc. See your doctor or ent. ...Read more

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What do I do to get rid of a sinus headache?

What do I do to get rid of a sinus headache?

First, diagnosis: In general, headache as the only symptom is rarely the result of rhino-sinusitis. The classical symptoms of sinusitis are nasal congestion, nasal obstruction, yellow nasal discharge, fullness or pressure below the eyes and pain or fullness between the eyes.
You get rid of sinusitis by first making the diagnosis and determining whether it is viral or bacterial. Then you can get rid of headache. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for a bad sinus headache?

Stress HA = migraine: Although it feels like the sinuses, your headaches are probably migraines. Migraine pain can sometimes feel "sinusy". Sinuses generally don't cause headaches. In cases like yours, patients are usually placed on a preventative agent taken daily to reduce the pain, and an acute agent (ie a triptan ie imitrex) to take when the headache comes. You may also have rebound/medication overuse headache. ...Read more

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Can you have sinus headache with no drainage or cough ?

Can you have sinus headache with no drainage or cough ?

Yes!: Sinusitis can have various symptoms, including no drainage or cough. When in doubt have things checked by your physician. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have a migraine or a sinus headache?

How can I tell if I have a migraine or a sinus headache?

CT of head/sinuses: A good clinical exam can usually distinguish a migraine from sinusitis. The definitive exam for sinusitis is a ct of the sinuses. A ct of the head is important for migraine.... But usually a good exam by a neurologist can determine if you have migraines. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have a tension headache or sinus headache?

Position of ache: Sinuses are hollow spaces around your nose. Sinus headaches are due to either infection in sinuses or inflammation due to allergies, it has diurnal variation at times and at times becomes worse with position. You will feel ache with pressure on sinuses. Tension headaches are due to stress, and it comes on when one is stressed. It is like a band of ache over your head or around forehead & temples. ...Read more

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Can a sinus headache lead to a migraine if left untreated?

Can a sinus headache lead to a migraine if left untreated?

HEADACHE: Sinusitis is the condition where any 1 or more of the sinuses in head/face become fluid filled and inflamed, producing pain. Headache is one potential symptom. Migraines are a class of headache disorders w/ very specific symptoms & diagnostic criteria. Illnesses in general (including sinusitis) can be migraine triggers... But only if you have been previously diagnosed with migraine headaches. ...Read more

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What can I take for sinus headache if i'm on blood thinners?

What can I take for sinus headache if i'm on blood thinners?

Sinus headache: Hello, i would recommend saline nasal washes and Acetaminophen as directed. Afrin nasal spray may also help for your congestion and sinus pain. ...Read more

Dr. James Krick
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Headache (Definition)

The medical term is cephalalgia. It is a feeling of pain that can occur on either both sides or just one side of the head or neck. Headaches can be sharp, dull, or throbbing, and can radiate to different areas of the head. They typically last less than an hour but can ...Read more