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Can a little fluid behind ear drum be a sign of a sinus infection?

Can a little fluid behind ear drum be a sign of a sinus infection?

Yes: Fluid in the middle ear is a common sign of infection of the sinuses, ears, and upper respiratory tract. It can also be present in seasonal allergies, jaw/ear/nose inflammation or the aftermath of underwater activities. ...Read more

Dr. Suzanne Galli
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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 have pain when I touch the backside of my head, above the base of skull, but behind ear. Sinus infection/cavities may exist. Advice?

I have pain when I touch the backside of my head, above the base of skull, but behind ear. Sinus infection/cavities may exist. Advice?

Unlikely sinus: Pain in the back of the head is unusual for a sinus infection. This would be more likely an ear infection but this is unlikely as well. This could be a mastoiditis which is rare but plausible. This can come from a middle ear infection not treated or inadequately treated. Other causes could be referred neck pain. See your doctor very soon.
Best wishes. ...Read more

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During a cat scan Dr said I had fluid in my mastoids behind ear. Recommended sudafed. Will that help? Does that mean I have a sinus infection?

During a cat scan Dr said I had fluid in my mastoids behind ear. Recommended sudafed. Will that help? Does that mean I have a sinus infection?

Not necessarily: Fluid can back up into mastoids related to inner ear problems with fluid and sometime infection. Infection in mastoid which can result in necrosis and bone involvement can have fluid in mastoid air cells as well. Sinus infections involve paranasal sinuses frontals (above eyes) ethmoids medial to orbits, and lateral to nose, and maxillary inferior to orbits. These are facial in location. ...Read more

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Can jaw pain, ear pain, and soreness behind ear/neck be caused by sinus infection?

Can jaw pain, ear pain, and soreness behind ear/neck be caused by sinus infection?

Rarely: Unless the mastoid sinuses are infected, the pain is not expected to be in the areas. I suspect that you may have a jaw problem from teeth grinding. Consult your dentist. ...Read more

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Had CMV infection during childhood. Hvng sinus, nasal polyp. Get sinus infection often. Vng small lump behind ear for 3 years. What could be the cause?

Had CMV infection during childhood. Hvng sinus, nasal polyp. Get sinus infection often. Vng small lump behind ear for 3 years. What could be the cause?

Consult allergist: There are many reasons but none likely related to CMV infection in childhood. Given your problem, you may need an allergy -immunology evaluation plus a CT sinus scan. ENT intervention may also be needed if anatomic obstruction of the sinus openings is found. ...Read more

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I have a lump between my jaw and ear. I have been dealing with a sinus infection. Now I have pain behind my ear in the bone. Is this sinus related?

I have a lump between my jaw and ear. I have been dealing with a sinus infection. Now I have pain behind my ear in the bone. Is this sinus related?

Lymph node: It is quite possible you have a swollen mandibular lymph node as the infection resolves so should its size and return to normal. If it doesn't see your physician. ...Read more

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I currently have a sinus infection, I have noticed a hard lump between my jaw and ear. It is making the bone behind my ear hurt is this sinus related?

I currently have a sinus infection, I have noticed a hard lump between my jaw and ear. It is making the bone behind my ear hurt is this sinus related?

Very Likely: Painful bumps under the skin are commonly swollen lymph nodes. They become swollen when infection is nearby and in your case it is likely from the sinus infection. Give it time and the pain should calm down. You might consider taking some over the counter pain medications if it becomes too uncomfortable. ...Read more

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Sore dry throat, hard to swallow and cough. Pain behind ears. Doc says he not sure what it is but he ruled out sinus Infection.

Sore dry throat, hard to swallow and cough. Pain behind ears. Doc says he not sure what it is but he ruled out sinus Infection.

? pharyngitis: Could be a throat infection with painful enlarged lymph nodes and some tracheaitis. Could be viral. Rest fluids, warm saline gargles, Tylenol (acetaminophen) May help. ...Read more

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For 5 days now I have woke up in the morning and my ears feel full and and hardly hear could I have sinus infection?

For 5 days now I have woke up in the morning and my ears feel full and and hardly hear could I have sinus infection?

Hearing loss: There are several causes for hearing loss and ear fullness. You should make an appointment with your doctor for an exam and diagnosis. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have a horrible sinus infection that has cut off air flow to my ears. I bent over experienced a pop followed by pain and no sound?

I have a horrible sinus infection that has cut off air flow to my ears. I bent over experienced a pop followed by pain and no sound?

Hearing loss: The symptoms you decribe could be caused by fluid in the inner ear, infection or perhaps a ruptured eardrum. Please seek the evaluation of a physician in the near future. ...Read more

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I'm wondering how long does an ear infection last in conjunction with a sinus infection?

Similar timing!: Your sinuses and ears are connected inside your head. So sinus congestion and stuffiness can affect the pressure in your ears. Treating sinus congestion may help overall discomfort and pain from that pressure. ...Read more

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How do I unclog my ears if I am currently recovering from a sinus infection and have extremely clogged ears?

How do I unclog my ears if I am currently recovering from a sinus infection and have extremely clogged ears?

I hope you mean...: I hope you mean get rid of the "clogging feeling", not your ears! All kidding aside, things you do to relieve pressure on an airplane are helpful here. Chew gum, yawn, "pop" your ears by plugging your nose and shut your mouth and blow (this may be a little uncomfortable at first, but is really helpful). Time also helps, as sometimes it just takes a while for the body to clean up the stuff after. ...Read more

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Have sinus infection. On antiobiotics for the last 5 days. Both ears blocked. What can I do to unblock ears?

Have sinus infection. On antiobiotics for the last 5 days. Both ears blocked. What can I do to unblock ears?

Can take time!: Sinus infections are stubborn, and can take a while to treat. As you've found, your ears may feel blocked, too. Using Normal Saline nose drops can help. Over-the-counter saline sprays are marketed as "simply sinus" or "little noses" - marketed for kids. Guaifeniscen (sold as the brand mucinex) can loosen secretions and make you more comfortable. See your doctor if the ear blockage persists. ...Read more

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Ears ringing sinus infection, what to do?

Ears ringing sinus infection, what to do?

Call your doctor: Are you self diagnosing sinuses or was it diagnosed by the doctor? Sinuses when clogged or infected have connections with ears so that's not a stretch to put together in terms of maladies going hand in hand. If you saw your physician were you given any meds? If you haven't seen your doc yet then, that's the next step. In the mean time, GOOD fluids, GOOD FLUIDS, & more GOOD FLUIDS & call doctor. ...Read more

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Acute pain in right ear post sinus infection?

Acute pain in right ear post sinus infection?

Pain: Probably some eustacian tube dysfunction. Perhaps a lemon drop and decongestant might help. ...Read more

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How does bacteria from sinus infection go to ears?

How does bacteria from sinus infection go to ears?

URI: The sinuses and the middle ear are connected by various pathways, including the eustacian tubes to the middle ear, the nasoparynx and so on. Also the same organisms that usually infect the sinuses also infect other areas of the upper respiratory tract. ...Read more

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Hoping you can tell me, is congested ear a symptom of a sinus infection?

No: A congested feeling in an ear can suggest a middle or external ear infection.
Sinusitis is characterized by nasal congestion, purulent nasal discharge, headache and facial pain over the sinuses. ...Read more

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When someone has a small amount of fluid in middle ear, is that a sign of sinus infection?

Sinus infection: Some sinus infection signs and symptoms are: nasal congestion, purulent discharge from nose, upper teeth discomfort, facial pain/pressure, fever, ear pressure/pain, difficulty with smell, or fatigue. The more of these present, the more likely one has a sinus infection. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you wake up with your ears burning and hurting? Does it have anything to do with a sinus infection?

What does it mean when you wake up with your ears burning and hurting? Does it have anything to do with a sinus infection?

Tough to answer: Since there are many potential causes for ear pain. However, if both ears are involved and it occurs consistently only upon waking, I would guess that you may be grinding teeth at night and that this may be referred pain from the jaw. Http://emedicine. Medscape. Com/article/845173-overview ...Read more

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In what way can I tell if I have a sinus infection or ear infection at home?

In what way can I tell if I have a sinus infection or ear infection at home?

Infections: It is not easy to be sure if you have a sinus infection but some of the symptoms are stuffiness, pressure over your sinuses, head ache and a lengthy persistence of the symptoms. Ear infections often hurt and often cause a decrease in you hearing. To be sure and treat it properly go see you doctor. ...Read more

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Got over a sinus infection... Feel water like drainage from left ear. Minor pain. Maybe a 4 ish on pain scale. What should I do?

Ear drainage: Try to pop your ears. Hold your nose down and blow really hard. Your ears should pop. This is called a valsalva maneuver you need to pop your ear 30 to 40 times to equillabrate the pressure. If this does not work try Flonase from your doctor. That should help as well. Good luck! ...Read more

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I am pretty sure I have a sinus infection with double ear infection, but don't have a dr. Appointment until tomorrow, what can I take now to help?

I am pretty sure I have a sinus infection with double ear infection, but don't have a dr. Appointment until tomorrow, what can I take now to help?

Nasal rinse: Saline nasal rinse with neti pot, decongestant (pseudoephredrine) and an otc antiinflammatory may tide you over. Your friendly pharmacist can help. Hope this clears up quickly. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with a double ear and sinus infection. I have a 2 month old that has a cold. Is it safe to be around him? I don't want himto get worse.

I was diagnosed with a double ear and sinus infection. I have a 2 month old that has a cold. Is it safe to be around him? I don't want himto get worse.

Contagiousness: Your 2 month old has all the immunity that you do until 6 months. He can get the same viral colds as you, but he is not at risk for the secondary infections that you have (ear infections, sinusitis). As with any cold in a child of this age, you have to be on the look out for developing an ear infection from his cold, but he won't get it from you. ...Read more

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How do you treat a sinus infection and ringing of the ears?

How do you treat a sinus infection and ringing of the ears?

antibiotics: It would be important to clarify if you have a sinus infection - b/c chronic rhintis can cause similar symptoms and are treated with antihistamines and decongestants and nasal steroids. Sinus infections often don't set in for 10-14dys - although can be quicker if you have a chronic sinus/nasal issues. ...Read more

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Can a sinus infection cause you to have ringing in ears?

Can a sinus infection cause you to have ringing in ears?

Yes: Ringing in your ears from any kind of nasal issue is usually from having congestion in your nose. This can then lead to eustachian tube dysfunction which can be associated with ringing. There are certainly many other causes of ringing which may need to be explored depending on your age and other health problems. ...Read more

Dr. Sewa Legha
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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


Dr. Mark Pack
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Sinusitis (Definition)

A condition caused by an inflammation or swelling of the tissue lining your sinuses. Acute sinusitis usually starts with coldlike symptoms such as a runny, stuffy ...Read more