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What causes sinus infections?

What causes sinus infections?

Sinus infections: Colds and flues, allergies, deviated nasal septums and even gerd can contribute to sinusitis. If you get frequent infections see your ENT to sort out the causes. Effective treatments are possible... ...Read more

Dr. Ana Adelstein
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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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Are sinus infections contaigous?

Are sinus infections contaigous?

No: Most sinuses infections are caused by viral upper respiratory infections. The viruses are contagious, the bacterial sinus infection that results is far less contagious. ...Read more

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Are there any preventatives measures for sinus infections.

Are there any preventatives measures  for sinus infections.

Sinusitis prevention: Absolutely, the best prevention for sinus infection is to irrigate your nose with saline or salt water. There are a lot of saline preparations on the market, but the best is a squeeze bottle. Beyond that, it depends on the underlying cause of the sinus infection. For example, if you have allergies, controlling your allergies can help prevent. If you have a deviated septum, that could help, too. ...Read more

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What to take for sinus infections?

Multiple options : Sinus infections occur when the nose is blocked. Antibiotics may be required. However, the runny or blocked nose is caused by chemical mediators like histamine or leukotrienes. So taking antihistamines like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and loratidine (claritin) help block the chemical mediators your body produces and helps stop the symptoms. Nasal saline sprays, decongestants, steroid nose sprays can help as well. ...Read more

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Why is IV drip used for sinus infections?

Why is IV drip used for sinus infections?

In severe cases: Iv antibiotics are used in cases where the oral medication is either not available or not effective. If the infection is cultured and the organism is sensitive only to IV medications then that is the only therapy. ...Read more

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Are sinus infections contagious?

Are sinus infections contagious?

Yes: All infections are contagious. After about 24 hrs of antibiotic treatment the infection should not be contagious. ...Read more

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Could there be a cure for sinus infections?

Could there be a cure for sinus infections?

See details: Medications that open up the drainage and treat the infection are the best cures. ...Read more

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What does it mean if you have frequent infections like sinus, skin, bladder?

What does it mean if you have frequent infections like sinus, skin, bladder?

Infections: Frequent infections can possibly indicate an immunodeficiency. I suggest you see your primary care doctor for bloodwork to rule this out. ...Read more

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Please describe the 'bad taste' associated with sinus drainage and/or infections?

Please describe the 'bad taste' associated with sinus drainage and/or infections?

Bad Taste: As your sinus drains from inflammation or infection the fluid falls to the back of your throat - esp. At night. This in turn causes bad taste in your mouth as well as bad breath. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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How do you cure sinus infections?

How do you cure sinus infections?

See an ENT doc !: Sinus infections are frequently caused by allergies or the inability of the sinus to drain properly. If the sinus isn't draining properly, and this is the sole reason for your chronic infections, the ENT surgeon will often make the draining hole of the sinus larger. This allows adequate drainage of the sinus which greatly reduces the number of infections. Keep smiling ! ...Read more