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I am suppose to start taking prednisone for 10 days for chronic sinus infections. I'm getting a flu shot tomorrow. How long should I wait to take it?

I am suppose to start taking prednisone for 10 days for chronic sinus infections. I'm getting a flu shot tomorrow. How long should I wait to take it?

Take them now: You can safely take them both. Especially if you have had no issues with either the flu shot or prednisone. If you have bad sinusitis symptoms, use nasal treatments and saline as possible. ...Read more

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Flu Shot (Definition)

Also known as influenza vaccines, flu shots are given out once a year to protect against the flu. The flu shot stimulates the immune system to build antibodies to three or four strains of flu viruses in the hopes that it will offer protection from the current strains present in the community. Each year the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) monitors the strains of Influenza globally and incorporates the appropriate antigens in the new vaccine. For best protection the vaccine ...Read more


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Is it dangerous if I got a flu shot while I was sick with a sinus infection and was one antibiotics?

Is it dangerous if I got a flu shot while I was sick with a sinus infection and was one antibiotics?

Probably not: But there is some evidence that getting a flu shot when you have an illness with a fever might make the flu shot less effective. Best idea is to wait until you're better. ...Read more

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How many steriod shots can you get safely per year for symptoms like sinus infection or flu?

How many steriod shots can you get safely per year for symptoms like sinus infection or flu?

Not typical care: Steroid injections are not an effective treatment for either of these conditions. Steroids should actually be avoided with these conditions as they can impair the immune system. ...Read more

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Can flu shot weaken your immune system to where you can catch sinus infections? My wife thinks that she want me to try just one year to go without

Can flu shot weaken your immune system to where you can catch sinus infections? My wife thinks that she want me to try just one year to go without

Urban myth!: Influenza immunization has no effect on the immue system, except to help make the recipient immune to flu. It doesn't cause a minor case of influenza, fever, or anything like that; and it doesn't raise the chance of sinusitis or anything else. It is irresponsible to not get vaccinated against flu on account of such things. OTOH, we're almost at the end of flu season, so it may be too late to help. ...Read more

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Could I have a sinus infection and the flu?

Could I have a sinus infection and the flu?

Yes: Sinus infections after a viral illness can occur. The sinuses become inflamed and prone to another infection. Rinses the sinuses with saline, decongestants and an antibiotic may be recommended by your physician. ...Read more

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How are flu and sinus infection different?

How are flu and sinus infection different?

Different causes: Flu is caused by a strain of influenza virus. It usually is sudden in onset and causes high fever and chills. Antibiotics won't make it go away any faster. A sinus infection is a bacterial infection usually occurring as a complication at the end of a head cold, so it comes on gradually. Fever is less common, and bacterial sinus infections often get better faster with antibiotics. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a flu or sinus infection?

What is the difference between a flu or sinus infection?

Viral vs. Bacterial: A flu is due to infection by the influenza virus that affects your upper respiratory tract (nose, throat). The result is fever, generalized soreness weakness. The inflammation of your upper respiratory tract can result in sinusitis but not necessarily. Sinus infection is usually bacterial, affects the sinuses around your nose. Results in facial pain and puse from the nose. ...Read more

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How to know if I have mono, or the flu or another sinus infection.!?

How to know if I have mono, or the flu or another sinus infection.!?

M.D. visit: Your doctor may check your sinuses for tenderness. Headaches or sinus pain may indicate a sinus infection. Testing can be performed at your doctor's office to determine if you have mono or the flu. Checking your temperature and reporting any fever to your physician will help them determine your treatment. ...Read more

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How can you tell if its a sinus infection or flu? Also what are signs sinus infection has spread?

How can you tell if its a sinus infection or flu? Also what are signs sinus infection has spread?

Flu vs sinusitis: Flu is characterized by sudden onset, fever, muscle aches. Sinusitis may cause sinus pain/pressure, post-nasal drainage, referred pain to back of head/neck; can be viral or bacterial in origin; fever suggests bacterial. Earache, painful swallowing, hoarseness, loss of voice suggest infxn has spread. ...Read more

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Does a sinus infection cause body aches, or more likely to be flu?

Does a sinus infection cause body aches, or more likely to be flu?

Flu: A sinus infection is not usually accompanied by body aches. The presence of both sinus infection and body aches may indicate flu. Rest and plenty of fluids are typical treatment for flu. ...Read more

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How can I distinguish between a sinus infection, hay fever, and the flu?

How can I distinguish between a sinus infection, hay fever, and the flu?

Rule of thumb: Sinus infection: Green & thick discharge often from just one side. Facial pain perhaps and coughing often. Fatigue sometimes. Often preceded by a cold. Hay fever: Sneezing spells, runny nose, nasal stuffiness, itchy nose. May be seasonal. Flu: Low grade fever, nasal symptoms, fatigue, body ache usually in colder months. All of the above as just some of the symptoms. ...Read more

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How can I differentiate between the flu and a sinus infection? I gave had the flu before with no fever

How can I differentiate between the flu and a sinus infection? I gave had the flu before with no fever

Usually need a test: To tell if a person has the flu, he needs a rapid flu test which is a swab from the inside of the nose (deep in the nose), and takes 10-15 minutes to get a result. It is pretty accurate during the first 1-3 days of flu symptoms, and is very helpful in deciding what medication should be used. For people without high fever and muscle aches in flu season, it is not that easy to guess who has the flu. ...Read more

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What is the g flu germ? Aboth ear infections bad sinus infection

What is the g flu germ? Aboth ear infections bad sinus infection

I'm: I'm not sure if I'm understanding your question completely - the "flu" - also known as influenza - is a virus that can cause runny nose, cough, vomiting, body aches, fever, and tiredness. It often lasts at least a week. In children, the flu can lead to pneumonia or dehydration. Because of this, I always recommend the flu vaccine to all my pediatric patients (and as a mom, I always give it to my two children). The flu vaccine can be given as a shot or as a nasal spray. For more information about influenza, see: http://www. Immunize. Org/catg. D/p4208.Pdf for more information about the vaccine, see: http://www. Immunize. Org/catg. D/p4069.Pdf sinusitis is due to a bacteria (or rarely a fungus) not a virus. Ear infections can be due to a virus, but more often are due to a bacteria. I hope this helps. If I didn't answer your question, please post again. Thanks. ...Read more

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I have been having flu for 2 weeks. My head is pounding and feels like my skull is exploding. I would like to know if l am having sinus infection?

2 Week Flu: The flu does not last two weeks. A typical course is over by ten days. The "2 week flu" has now become something else, likely a sinus infection. Go see your doctor. Sounds like time for an antibiotic. ...Read more

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Sinus infection w green snot. I feel like I have the flu. Or do I have the flu. Woke up sweating past two night s just to drag thru the day. Thanks?

You may have both: A 2 day episode of sweating at night sounds like a viral upper respiratory tract infection. Green nasal discharge may be the start of a viral rhino-sinusitis. The general rule is that if you are getting worse after 5 days, an antibiotic is appropriate, and if you are not better in 10 days, an antibiotic should be considered. Bottom line is if not better after 5 days see your physician. ...Read more

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Had had sinus infection post-flu since Jan. Antibiotx not stopping it. What conservative treatments can ENT offer? Any home remedies I can try yet?

Had had sinus infection post-flu since Jan. Antibiotx not stopping it. What conservative treatments can ENT offer? Any home remedies I can try yet?

ENT can: Perform sinus irrigation, or you can try on your own. But five months is a long time. It is time to get definitive treatment. It is also possible you might have developed a polyp or other physical deformity. ...Read more

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Please help. What's the best medication I can take for the flu or sinus infection that is safe with irregular heart beats and lupus and sjogrens?

Please help. What's the best medication I can take for the flu or sinus infection that is safe with irregular heart beats and lupus and sjogrens?

Fluids, Tylenol (acetaminophen): A majority of illnesses you described are caused by viruses. Since antibiotics only treat bacteria and not virus infections, the immune system does the brunt of the work-, recommend supportive measures such as drinking plenty of fluids and judicious use of pain/anti-fever meds. NB-lupus and Sjorgren's, maintain a low threshold to see your doctor especially if your difficulty breathing worsens ...Read more

Dr. Patricia Foster
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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


Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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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