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What is a sinus infection?

What is a sinus infection?

You have: Several hollow bones in the face that give resonance to the voice. They are lined with mucous membrane that secretes mucus. If a germ gets in it causes an infection and that is called sinus infection. Read more

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Dr. Bernard Seif
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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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What causes a sinus infection?

What causes a sinus infection?

Lots of things: Anything that clogs the nose can block the sinuses. Common causes of nasal swelling include upper respiratory tract infections (colds) and allergies. Once the sinuses cannot drain, bacteria can accumulate in the sinuses and increase in large enough numbers to cause the symptoms of infection. The bacteria can come from various sources, including the nasopharyx and the adenoids that reside there. Read more

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What causes a sinus infection?

What causes a sinus infection?

Microbes...: Microbes: most commonly viruses, and occasionally bacteria. Read more

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How can I cure a sinus infection?

How can I cure a sinus infection?

Sinus infection: If you truly have a sinus infection, you probably need antibiotics, although many of the patients that I see in the clinic who complain of sinus infection simply have allergies. The first thing I recommend is to irrigate your nose with saline. If this isn't successful, you should probably be evaluated. Read more

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How can I treat a sinus infection?

Irrigate: I assume you mean treating this yourself. Sinus health is all about drainage; if they don't drain, problems persist. You can use a nasal decongestant spray twice a day for 3-5 days; before and about 30 minutes after using it, rinse your nose with saline such as nasamist, entsol, or simply saline. If the sinus pressure increases, or the colored secretions last more than a week, see your doctor. Read more

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Can salsa cause a sinus infection?

Salsa and sinusitis: Hello, I am not aware of any link to eating and swallowing salsa and an associated increased risk for sinusitis. Read more

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What to do for my sinus infection?

Supportive care: Unless you've had your sinus infection for > 2 weeks or are having severe symptoms such as fever, antibiotics aren't indicated; just use pain relief and decongestants. Read more

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Can you die from a sinus infection?

Sinusitis: Some of the central nervous system complications of sinusitis can create life-threatening conditions. These are relatively uncommon, but quite severe when they happen. Read more

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How to get a sinus infection cured?

How to get a sinus infection cured?

Time: Most sinus infections will eventually get better on their own. Meanwhile for relief of symptoms, use a salin nasal spray and/or a neti pot. Read more

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How long does sinus infection last?

It depends: On whether you have an acute infection or a chronic infection. It also depends on many variables including the cause of your infection, your nasal / sinus architecture, whether you smoke, family history and other medical issues. Read more

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How can you cure a sinus infection?

Antibiotics.: If you have an actual sinus infection and not just pain & congestion - than antibiotic treatment is usually indicated. Please see your physician. Read more

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How dangerous is a sinus infection?

Usually not very.: An infection of the frontal or sphenoid sinuses can be dangerous because they are so close to the brain. Read more

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Can sinus infection cause bad odor?

Sinusitis: Both acute sinusitis and chronic sinusitis can cause a change in your sense of smell. They can also cause bad breath. If your sense of smell is severely compromised, see an ent. Read more

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How can I soothe a sinus infection?

Saline rinse: The best treatment for an upper respiratory infection is to rinse your sinuses out with saline. Use either something like'simply saline' that shoots a continuous stream of saline or something like the 'netty pot' or the 'neil med sinus rinse'. Twice a day is a good place to start but it is only saline and it can be used a lot more often. Sleep is really what cures colds, so rest up. Read more

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How should I cure a sinus infection?

Viral or bacterial: Most sinus infections are viral and will resolve with or without treatment. Fluids, analgesics and tincture of time. Serious bacterial sinus infections need to be evaluated by a physician and may need scans/cultures to appropriately treat. See your doctor is you have significant sinus pain, fever, visual changes, dental pain, ear pain, or other concerns. Read more

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What are signs of a sinus infection?

What are signs of a sinus infection?

Symptoms: Allergy sneezing, runny nose, clear drainage watery eyes itchy eyes and nose no fever. Sinus infection tender sinus especially if in the maxilla (cheek) or frontal in the forehead, thicker drainage possible fever possible thick sputum of color with cough Read more

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Can green snot mean sinus infection?

Not necessarily: Green colored nasal secretions makes a lot of people sure they have a bacterial infection, but it isn't always so. Generally a bacterial sinus infection (one that needs antibiotics) is also accompanied with pain, pressure, swelling, congestion, dental pain, headache and/or fever. Otherwise it's more likely you're dealing with allergies or viral upper respiratory infections (colds). Read more

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Why do I always have sinus infection?

? Allergist: A lot of 'sinus' may be due to allergy. If an ENT doesn't find a definite abnormality, a trip to an allergist might be in order. Read more

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What does a sinus infection look like?

Sinusitis: Often presents with nasal speech, congestion, swelling and pain over the face, dental pain, purulent nasal discharge, occasionally fever and headache. Read more

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Neomed while having a sinus infection?

Irrigations: Saline irrigations can help in sinusitis. Many people use them with good results. It can't hurt. Feel better. Read more

Dr. Al Hegab
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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. Sandra Lora Cremers
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Sinusitis (Definition)

A condition caused by an inflammation or swelling of the tissue lining your sinuses. Acute sinusitis usually starts with coldlike symptoms such as a runny, stuffy ...Read more