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Sinus Infection Bacteria Or Virus
Is it oversimplification to say sinus infection are either viral or bacterial? Can they be both? Like existing minor bacterial get worse w virus?
Sinus infections: By far the most common cause of sinus infections are viruses. In very few cases (0.5-2%) bacterial infection may follow a viral infection. In individuals with altered immunity we sometimes also see invasive fungal infections. Management conservative (fluids, analgesics, saline drops, decongestants) unless symptoms persist >10d; hi fever (>102f/ 39c) or respiratory symptoms start..Then see ur doc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Trichimonas sinus : It is not out of the realm of possibility that a vaginal bacteria could potentially infect a non vaginal site. For a bacteria to grow it needs a warm site and the sinus could be that site. As long as you treat it with the appropriate antibiotic that it clears the infection. I see no problem. Wash your hands thoroughly when using the restroom or after any contact with that area. ...Read more
Infx caused by virus: A majority of sinusitis infections are caused by viruses (e.g.Rhinovirus). Since antibiotics only treat bacterial infections, they are useless against virus infections. In fact, the time it takes to feel better after taking an antibiotic, is the same as the patient who didn't take an antibiotic. In many cases, your immune system will take care of it; supportive management is all that is needed. ...Read more
Several: The foul odor is due to a combination of factors, not the least of which is stagnant pus in a cavity with decay due to the inflammation. Investigators at the univ. Of va showed many years ago that anaerobic bacteria may be causing sinusitis, and these organisms produce fatty acids and other materials which may be malodorous. Create drainage, irrigate, use antibiotics, treat allergies. ...Read more
I had mono went back to the doctor and she didn't see a virus anymore.I still feel dizzy with hearing loss could this be a sinus infection from mono?
Dizzy, hearing loss: Those issues may be somewhat unrelated to mononucleosis. If you had upper respiratory symptoms with the mono, then may be related. I would suggest seeing an otolaryngologist at this point to sort things our further, get a good head/neck exam, and possibly hearing testing. ...Read more
Multiple viruses, ear infection, sinus infection, over past 6 weeks. Done antibios. How long till my ears stopped feeling blocked? Concerned.
1yr old with rattle/phlem sound in chest, slight cough, no other symptoms.Can it be formula, teething or virus?Had recent sinus infection.Is it serious?
Have had head virus and sinus infection for two weeks, 16 months old daughter is also sick and nursing constantly. Started pushing around in my armpits and finally felt some bilateral oblong, soft movable lumps about 2-4 mm. Lymph nodes?
See doctor: About 10% of the people end up with a bacterial sinusitis after a cold and thus with symptoms lasting for 2 weeks, your sinuses are likely infected. However the armpit node swelling may be a residual of the viral infection or from something other than the sinusitis. You should bring this up with your doctor when you see him/her. ...Read more
Time: The only real sign that has proven predictive of a bacterial sinus infection vs a viral sinus infection is the length of time of symptoms (that was reported to be 10 days). Initially it is usually a viral infection and then a secondary bacterial infection occurs (7-10 days later). That is why most physicians usually recommend otc meds and conservative measure in the beginning. ...Read more
Sinuses are 4 : sets of air-filled, mucous membrane-lined pockets near nasal passages that don't develop fully until adolescence. 2 sets are small, but present at birth; 1 set begins to develop at 7 yrs. & 1 in adolescence. Suspect bacterial sinusitis in a child with a 10-14 day history of viral or allergic nasal congestion, fever, green nasal discharge & headache. See www.entnet.org/content/pediatric-sinusitis. ...Read more
Time: Almost all bacterial sinus infections occur following a viral upper respiratory infection. In the first several days following a cold the sinuses inflame due to the viral illness. About 15 to 20% of the time a viral illness becomes bacterial. 7 to 10 days after illness if symptoms persist or worsen with cough, headache, congestion, bacterial is now a likelyhood. ...Read more
Maybe: One of the common myths about the common cold is that any yellow or green mucous means there is a bacterial infection present. All viral upper respiratory infections (colds) can make yellow mucous even without bacteria. The predominant feature is time and change. If you have had a cold for longer than 7-10 days, or if suddenly you develop thicker mucous after seeming to get better, its possible. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Generally clinically: Acute bacterial sinusitis has signs and symptoms which indicate its presence to an astute clinician, and does not usually require imaging studies unless complications are arising. If you have facial and periorbital pain and swelling, nasality of speech, pus from your nose, tenderness over the teeth or sinuses and have had a prior cold, allergy, trauma, etc., you have sinusitis. See a doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are signs of a bacterial sinus infection?amoxicillian n amoxicillian clavute(sp?) isn't working.sinus won't drain so no mucus. Been over a month.
Sinusitis: Hi, usually sinuses r filled with air in case of sinusitis the lining of sinuses become inflamed due to blockage 2/2 cold, allergy, nose problems like polyps. It seems u have a case of subacute sinusitis, if u r not improving then one should look into causes mentioned above, usually the treatment of acute sinusitis is decongestant , nose spray but if patient looks sick and has fever Antibiotics ...Read more
Hi, I have a bad smell in my nose its bacterial sinus infection, and its so embarresing and inconvenience, what can I do to eliminate the odor?
Odor: Eliminate the infection and the odor will follow in its footsteps. ...Read more
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
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