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Dr. James Krick
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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

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


Dr. James Lin
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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