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I use a CPAP machine with nasal pillows. I have a sinus infection along with significant post nasal drip. Should I stop CPAP temporarily?

I use a CPAP machine with  nasal pillows. I have a sinus infection along with significant post nasal drip.  Should I stop CPAP temporarily?

Use face mask: If you can't breathe easily with nasal pillows, stopping CPAP will likely make you life more miserable because you are now dealing with not just a sinus infection and post nasal drip, but also a lack of sleep and less oxygenation to the brain. If possible, use a face mask for your CPAP, so you can mouth- breathe at night. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Pack
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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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When will i know my frontal sinuses are draining from my sinus infection? Will I have more post nasal drip?

When will i know my frontal sinuses are draining from my sinus infection? Will I have more post nasal drip?

Depends : That is true but it is not the only sign for the onus infection other signs could just facial pain or pressure sorthroat and evan stomachache as the drainage irritates your stomach. ...Read more

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How do I know if cough of 1.5 months is bacterial or viral? Caused from sinus infection, post nasal drip frm a cold.If bacterial, which antibiotic to take? Don't want to become resistant to antibiotic

How do I know if cough of 1.5 months is bacterial or viral? Caused from sinus infection, post nasal drip frm a cold.If bacterial, which antibiotic to take? Don't want to become resistant to antibiotic

Not viral: Viral illnesses resolve in 10-14 days so lingering cough could be bacterial subacute sinusitis, residual post nasal drip or airway inflammation. If bacterial Amoxicillin a good first choice. If cough persists then see md. Unlikely to develop resistance with infrequent antibiotic usage. ...Read more

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I have post nasal drip but no nose congestion. How should I treat it? I think I might be getting a sinus infection.

I have post nasal drip but no nose congestion.  How should I treat it? I think I might be getting a sinus infection.

Possible Sinusitis: The diagnosis of a bacterial sinus infection can be be quite difficult. Most causes of post nasal drip will not require antibiotics. Certainly facial pain and postnasal drip are important signs and can make you feel miserable. Your doctor will need to get more details such as duration and other underlying conditions such as a cold or allergies. I hope your hypothyroidism is under control. ...Read more

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Lots of post nasal drip for 2 months/mild facial swelling. Could be a sinus infection. Any solutions?

Lots of post nasal drip for 2 months/mild facial swelling. Could be a sinus infection. Any solutions?

A few things..: You can try a neti pot- rinsing out your sinuses can be very helpful. You may also try a short course of oral decongestants or an antihistamine with a decongestant in it (like Claritin-D). You could also benefit from a prescription nasal steroid- you may have chronic allergies causing your symptoms. Humidified air may help with the facial/sinus swelling. ...Read more

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Taking Co-Amoxiclav for my sinus infection, will this also get rid of the post nasal drip?

Taking Co-Amoxiclav for my sinus infection, will this also get rid of the post nasal drip?

Yes : Your post nasal drainage is your body's response to the infection. The mucus contains white blood cells called polys that kill the bacteria that are attacking your sinuses. Normally this mucus is thick and colored. Your antibiotic helps your body overcome the bacteria. Your drainage should gradually thin and stop as the infection clears up. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get a sinus infection without colored mucus? I have facial pain along with post nasal drip. I had an MRI last month and it was clean

? congestion: Of your nasal cavity and your sinuses can give you the same symptoms, chronic congestion can lead to chronic inflammation and later infection, not sure what kind of MRI you had? Was it direced towards your sinuses or part of head examination which at times shows part of the sinuses not the whole system, get seen by your doctor who would refer you to an ENT, goodluck ...Read more

Post Nasal Drip (Definition)

Post nasal drip is a term used to describe the common symptoms of sore throat and cough in the presence of a runny nose with sufferers experiencing a worsening of symptoms at night with mild relief during the day. Allergies or nasal/sinus infection cause excess mucous to "drip" into the throat when lying down resulting in congestion, irritation, and inflamation of ...Read more


Dr. Milroy Samuel
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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