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Dr. Ira Friedlander
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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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I think my cold is turning into a sinus infection. Day 6 of Cold. Mucus turning from clear to diff colors, like yellow. My ribs are sore from coughing?

I think my cold is turning into a sinus infection. Day 6 of Cold. Mucus turning from clear to diff colors, like yellow. My ribs are sore from coughing?

Could be: It certainly could be. The average cold lasts 7 - 10 days. Typically with a sinus infection you start to feel more ill, run a fever, sinus pressure, thinking nasal discharge, & worsening cough. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with a sinus infection but my lungs were clear. Ihave been spitting up yellow mucus with streaks of blood. Is this normal?

I was diagnosed with a sinus infection but my lungs were clear. Ihave been spitting up yellow mucus with streaks of blood. Is this normal?

Yes: The fluid from your nose runs backward into your throat. From there, it stimulates coughing or spitting. The yellow mucous with streaks of blood is from your sinuses. This is good, it means that the mucous is moving out of your sinuses and your infection is starting to clear up. Good luck. ...Read more

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2yr old has nasal mucus that went from clear to thick yellow, now it is clear w/ light yellow. Been 7 days. Sinus infection or cold? Let it run coarse?

2yr old has nasal mucus that went from clear to thick yellow, now it is clear w/ light yellow. Been 7 days. Sinus infection or cold? Let it run coarse?

Depends: The nasal mucous will color over time from the normal germs that live on the membrane walls. The color means less than the 2yo's pattern of daily activities. If the kid is playful. Eating normally and not bothered that it should clear on its own. If the kid's feeds are off, play is less and she is running fever, it deserves a visit. ...Read more

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I don't have a sinus infection, but I have smelly, green mucus. What could it be?

I don't have a sinus infection, but I have smelly, green mucus. What could it be?

And your proof: That it is not an infection? Allergy, autoimmunity may cause inflammation, but green slime sounds like infection, either bacteria or fungi. Get a culture and post the proof. See an ENT doc for management, possibly including surgical exploration and drainage. ...Read more

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I am not sure if I have a sinus infection but my cold is really bothersome. I have been experiencing blood in mucus in the last couple of days.?

Nasal spray Or ENT: This could definitely be a sinus infection. Try using an over the counter nasal spray like Afrin or Dristan or generic with Oxymetazoline. Use 3 puffs in each nostril 3 times a day for a week. You could also try oral decongestants to help open up the sinus passages. If you are not completely better in 7-10 days you shouid really see an Ear Nose Throat (ENT) doctor. ...Read more

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What do you do for a sinus infection with mucus?

What do you do for a sinus infection with mucus?

Need Antibiotics: Sinuses are air filled spaces that surround the nasal cavity, if infection gets in theses cavities than you have sinus infection. If you have sinus infection you need to see your doctor to make sure you have sinus infection and if so, you will need to be treated with proper course of antibiotics. So consult your doctor. ...Read more

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Is it possible that it is a sinus infection even if my mucus is not discolored all of the time?

Yes: Normally a sinus infection has discolored drainage but clear drainage is also possible. An infection depends on the symptoms over time. Viral and bacterial symptoms are very similar. Even most bacterial infections clear without antibiotics. Consider antibiotics if symptoms worsening after 10-14 days, or persist more than 3-4 weeks. Most virus all infections clear after 10-14 days. ...Read more

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I have a sinus infection. I've been on cefzik for a day and a half. 500 mg x2 a day. When will I start to feel better? My mucus is bright yellow

I have a sinus infection. I've been on cefzik for a day and a half. 500 mg x2 a day. When will I start to feel better? My mucus is bright yellow

Sinusitis: This condition seldom requires antibiotic therapy. Try using a saline irrigation with a Neti-pot (see your pharmacist), along with a decongestant like pseudoephedrine or oxymetozaline. This may help. Hope you are better soon. ...Read more

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Can a bad sinus infection cause me to feel full and not want to eat? And when I eat I feel sick... Is my mucus causing this? How can I break it down?

Can a bad sinus infection cause me to feel full and not want to eat? And when I eat I feel sick... Is my mucus causing this? How can I break it down?

Post nasal drainage: Copious post nasal purulence (pus) may cause throat irritation as well as nausea. Guifenesin will thin the secretions and help expectorate pus and mucus from your sinus' and lungs. Increase water intake temporarily to the point of clear colorless urine. Nasal saline irrigations and salt water throat gargles may also help. See your physician with persistent symptoms. ...Read more

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Can a sinus infection cause blood in mucus?

Absolutely.: This is not an uncommon finding. If your symptoms persist you should be evaluated as you may need antibiotic treatment as well as decongestants and antihistamines. ...Read more

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I had a sinus infection about a month ago, since then at night I wake up with very restricted breathing and coughing up green/ brown mucus. What's up?

I had a sinus infection about a month ago, since then at night I wake up with very restricted breathing and coughing up green/ brown mucus. What's up?

See your Doctor: This requires a physical exam plus additional tests to see what the cause of this is. They will ask if you have been smoking, and will find out the cause of your restricted breathing. This appears to be treatable, so I advise you see your primary care physician. ...Read more

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My mucus is a deep yellowish green, did my cold give rise to a bacterial sinus infection?

My mucus is a deep yellowish green, did my cold give rise to a bacterial sinus infection?

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 more

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I have a sinus infection and chest infection I've been on amoxicillin for two days now and feel no better and I keep coughing mucus up?

I have a sinus infection and chest infection I've been on amoxicillin for two days now and feel no better and I keep coughing mucus up?

Sinus infection: Antibiotic treatment should extend for a minimum of days and 14 days is not uncommon. The mucous is normal and ask your pharmacist to recommend a good expectorant.I think you will need at least 10 full days of therapy. ...Read more

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I think I've had a sinus infection for about a week now because the mucus in 1 side of my nose is entirely bloody, is this a really bad thing?

I think I've had a sinus infection for about a week now because the mucus in 1 side of my nose is entirely bloody, is this a really bad thing?

Could be: Bleeding for a week is never a good thing. You may have a sinus infection but a presenting symptom of that isn't typically bleeding. I'd suggest a visit to your primary healthcare provider for an evaluation and recommendations for follow-up. ...Read more

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I have a stubborn cough that seems to be drainage from possible sinus infection - would like to know what exactly it is. This cough is stubborn mucus that seems to originate from sinuses & drains me of energy. Have had this for a couple of weeks. For the

I have a stubborn cough that seems to be drainage from possible sinus infection - would like to know what exactly it is. This cough is stubborn mucus that seems to originate from sinuses & drains me of energy. Have had this for a couple of weeks. For the

It's: It's never possible to know exactly what is wrong with a patient unless you are face-to-face with him or her, but it does sound like you are describing upper-airway cough syndrome. This is when the lining of the nose is making too much mucous which will then drip back into the throat, occasionally irritating the vocal cords, making them spasm and induce coughing.

This condition is often treated with antihistamines like zyrtec or allegra, however, there is evidence that the older antihistamines like chlorpheniramine may be more effective, but they can also be sedating and cause side effects like dizziness, especially in older patients. Sometimes a decongestant like sudafed can also be helpful, but this is something that can be very dangerous in older patients or those with heart conditions. Nasal steroid sprays like Flonase and Nasonex (mometasone) (both prescription only) can also be helpful. Otc nasal sprays like afrin should be avoided, because while they are remarkably effective at clearing up nasal discharge, when on stops taking them, even after only a few days, the congestion can return even worse than it was.

While upper-airway cough syndrome is a benign condition that typically gets better even without medication, a cough lasting for more than 2 weeks should be evaluated by a physician. Many other much more serious conditions can present this way. Pneumonia, lung cancer, and auto-immune lung disease are just of handful of very serious conditions that could be described by your symptoms, but are impossible to diagnose without actually seeing the patient. ...Read more

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Can a person have a sinus infection and not really know it? I don't have running nose, but stuffy in morning with some blood and green mucus sometimes

Sinusitis?: Without knowing exactly where the blood and green mucous is emanating from it is impossible to know if you have sinusitis. This is generally clinical diagnosis made by nasality of speech, pain and swelling over the sinuses, congestion and purulent nasal discharge. There may be headache, fever and redness, but to be sure where this is coming from see a doctor. Good luck. ...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

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

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I have been suffering from blocked sore nose and sometimes yellow thick mucus & constantly coughing for over 6 month could this be a sinus infection?

Maybe.: Take an antihistamine, like diphenhydramine. If that works it is allergies. Stop all fragrances and aerosols in soaps, detergents, and home, avoid smoke and smoking, all of which are irritants to respiratory passages. If no better, this could certainly be a sinus infection. Get seen and treated then. ...Read more

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I think I have a sinus infection. I have thick dark yellow mucus from one side of my nose that smells and tastes disgusting. Can't afford to go to doc?

Sinus infection?: If you are not feeling too poorly, you may find that using saline rinses will help reduce and thin the mucus. Mucinex (guaifenesin) may be helpful as well. Ask your pharmacist. These will not cure a sinus infection, however. If you are experiencing headache/ facial pain, fever, body aches & pains then you will do best to see a doctor. ...Read more

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Coughing up blood mixed with mucus but it was more like skin. I went to the er today got a lung an shoulder infection an a sinus infection?

Coughing up blood mixed with mucus but it was more like skin. I went to the er today got a lung an shoulder infection an a sinus infection?

Mgt: In a few days after using nasal saline rinses and antibiotics you should feel much better. If you experience fever, chills or worsening, please see your physician.
Have you had a TB test? ...Read more

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Had sinus infection/larangitis first of January. Still have a bunch of mucus in sinus cavity that won't go away. Gets thick when talking. Take?

Had sinus infection/larangitis first of January. Still have a bunch of mucus in sinus cavity that won't go away. Gets thick when talking. Take?

OTC Mucinex (guaifenesin): Try a week of Mucinex (guaifenesin) (OTC) or Guaifenesin, provided you're not allergic to it. Add lots of water. Get well ...Read more

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Is coughing up mucus and having dark circles around your eyes common with a sinus infection?

Is coughing up mucus and having dark circles around your eyes common with a sinus infection?

Perfectly normal: Plus if you have allergies and fever on top of it, it just adds more fuel to the fire (sinusitis). So make sure to hydrate, drink plenty of liquids, get some rest, and time for mucus to be gone! Have a bland diet, stay off sugars, sweets of any kind as this produce more phlegm (mucus). Also, stay away from any processed or fried foods too for the same reason, and be kind to your system, and heal. ...Read more

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Had a cough for three months. Told was sinus infection. Didn't go away. Puke mucus every morning and cough all day. Emphysema runs in family?

Sinusitis and cough: Likely post nasal drip &isnusitis. May need 2 wk of antibiotics. Can be bronchitis and reactive airways to the dripping. Consider benedryl before bed x 2 wk zyrtec in AM, elevate head of bed so does not drip into sinus. & antibiotic, inhaler, . Emphysema mostly due to smoking & in older individuals (rarely earlier in alpha -1 -antitrypsin deficiency) so very very unlikey. F/u w/ doc ...Read more

Mucus (Definition)

Like material that functions to moisten and protect inner body surfaces. The viscous slippery substance that consists chiefly of mucin, water, cells, and inorganic salts and that is secreted as a protective lubricant coating by the cells and glands of the mucous membranes. The free slime of the mucous membranes, composed of secretion of the glands, various salts, ...Read more


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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