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Could I have a sinus infection and the flu?

Could I have a sinus infection and the flu?

Yes: Sinus infections after a viral illness can occur. The sinuses become inflamed and prone to another infection. Rinses the sinuses with saline, decongestants and an antibiotic may be recommended by your physician. ...Read more

Dr. James Chapman
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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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How are flu and sinus infection different?

How are flu and sinus infection different?

Different causes: Flu is caused by a strain of influenza virus. It usually is sudden in onset and causes high fever and chills. Antibiotics won't make it go away any faster. A sinus infection is a bacterial infection usually occurring as a complication at the end of a head cold, so it comes on gradually. Fever is less common, and bacterial sinus infections often get better faster with antibiotics. ...Read more

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How can you tell if its a sinus infection or flu? Also what are signs sinus infection has spread?

How can you tell if its a sinus infection or flu? Also what are signs sinus infection has spread?

Flu vs sinusitis: Flu is characterized by sudden onset, fever, muscle aches. Sinusitis may cause sinus pain/pressure, post-nasal drainage, referred pain to back of head/neck; can be viral or bacterial in origin; fever suggests bacterial. Earache, painful swallowing, hoarseness, loss of voice suggest infxn has spread. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a flu or sinus infection?

What is the difference between a flu or sinus infection?

Viral vs. bacterial: A flu is due to infection by the influenza virus that affects your upper respiratory tract (nose, throat). The result is fever, generalized soreness weakness. The inflammation of your upper respiratory tract can result in sinusitis but not necessarily.

Sinus infection is usually bacterial, affects the sinuses around your nose. Results in facial pain and puse from the nose. ...Read more

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How many steriod shots can you get safely per year for symptoms like sinus infection or flu?

How many steriod shots can you get safely per year for symptoms like sinus infection or flu?

Not typical care : Steroid injections are not an effective treatment for either of these conditions. Steroids should actually be avoided with these conditions as they can impair the immune system. ...Read more

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Does a sinus infection cause body aches, or more likely to be flu?

Does a sinus infection cause body aches, or more likely to be flu?

Flu: A sinus infection is not usually accompanied by body aches. The presence of both sinus infection and body aches may indicate flu. Rest and plenty of fluids are typical treatment for flu. ...Read more

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What if you took a flu shot when you had a cold and a sinus infection?

What if you took a flu shot when you had a cold and a sinus infection?

Doesn't matter: Your immune system responds to a vaccine as a total body response, and does so regardless of any localized problem like a cold or sinus infection. The immune system can react to and process challenges by dozens of agents at the same time & does so routinely. ...Read more

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How to know if I have mono, or the flu or another sinus infection.!?

How to know if I have mono, or the flu or another sinus infection.!?

M.D. visit: Your doctor may check your sinuses for tenderness. Headaches or sinus pain may indicate a sinus infection.
Testing can be performed at your doctor's office to determine if you have mono or the flu.
Checking your temperature and reporting any fever to your physician will help them determine your treatment. ...Read more

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How can I distinguish between a sinus infection, hay fever, and the flu?

How can I distinguish between a sinus infection, hay fever, and the flu?

Rule of thumb: Sinus infection: Green & thick discharge often from just one side. Facial pain perhaps and coughing often. Fatigue sometimes. Often preceded by a cold.
Hay fever: Sneezing spells, runny nose, nasal stuffiness, itchy nose. May be seasonal.
Flu: Low grade fever, nasal symptoms, fatigue, body ache usually in colder months.
All of the above as just some of the symptoms. ...Read more

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How can I differentiate between the flu and a sinus infection? I gave had the flu before with no fever

How can I differentiate between the flu and a sinus infection? I gave had the flu before with no fever

Usually need a test: To tell if a person has the flu, he needs a rapid flu test which is a swab from the inside of the nose (deep in the nose), and takes 10-15 minutes to get a result. It is pretty accurate during the first 1-3 days of flu symptoms, and is very helpful in deciding what medication should be used. For people without high fever and muscle aches in flu season, it is not that easy to guess who has the flu. ...Read more

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I have been having flu for 2 weeks. My head is pounding and feels like my skull is exploding. I would like to know if l am having sinus infection?

I have been having flu for 2 weeks.  My head is pounding and feels like my skull is exploding.  I would like to know if l am having sinus infection?

2 Week Flu: The flu does not last two weeks. A typical course is over by ten days. The "2 week flu" has now become something else, likely a sinus infection. Go see your doctor. Sounds like time for an antibiotic. ...Read more

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Sinus infection w green snot. I feel like I have the flu. Or do I have the flu. Woke up sweating past two night s just to drag thru the day. Thanks?

You may have both: A 2 day episode of sweating at night sounds like a viral upper respiratory tract infection. Green nasal discharge may be the start of a viral rhino-sinusitis. The general rule is that if you are getting worse after 5 days, an antibiotic is appropriate, and if you are not better in 10 days, an antibiotic should be considered. Bottom line is if not better after 5 days see your physician. ...Read more

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Had had sinus infection post-flu since Jan. Antibiotx not stopping it. What conservative treatments can ENT offer? Any home remedies I can try yet?

Had had sinus infection post-flu since Jan. Antibiotx not stopping it. What conservative treatments can ENT offer? Any home remedies I can try yet?

ENT can: perform sinus irrigation, or you can try on your own. But five months is a long time. It is time to get definitive treatment. It is also possible you might have developed a polyp or other physical deformity. ...Read more

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Please help. what's the best medication I can take for the flu or sinus infection that is safe with irregular heart beats and lupus and sjogrens ?

Please help. what's the best medication I can take for the flu or sinus infection that is safe with irregular heart beats and lupus and sjogrens ?

Fluids,Tylenol (acetaminophen): A majority of illnesses you described are caused by viruses. Since antibiotics only treat bacteria and not virus infections, the immune system does the brunt of the work-, recommend supportive measures such as drinking plenty of fluids and judicious use of pain/anti-fever meds.

NB-lupus and Sjorgren's, maintain a low threshold to see your doctor especially if your difficulty breathing worsens ...Read more

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Sick last week w/ mild flu/sinus infection symptoms. Sweated out 1 night. From the beginning, I've had this raised sore in crease of upper lip/gum. ?

Sick last week w/ mild flu/sinus infection symptoms. Sweated out 1 night. From the beginning, I've had this raised sore in crease of upper lip/gum. ?

Herpes Simplex: See your doctor for a prescription med. Herpes simplex 1 or hsv 1also known as oral herpes. It is different from genital herpes which is hsv 2 . . Medication can decrease the pain related to an outbreak and can shorten healing time. They can also decrease the total number of outbreaks. Drugs including famvir, zovirax, and Valtrex (valacyclovir) are among the drugs used to treat the symptoms of herpes. ...Read more

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Can you take Benadryl allergy with Mucinex Cold, Flu, & Sore Throat? Think I have a sinus infection.

Can you take Benadryl allergy with Mucinex Cold, Flu, & Sore Throat? Think I have a sinus infection.

Yes you can: but don't exceed recommended dose for either and read the labels carefully. Good that you asked, always exercise caution with multiple medications. If this combination doesn't work, you may need to see your doctor for assessment and possibly prescription medications, best wishes ...Read more

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Keep experiencing sensation of water up my nose @ diff. times of the day and headaches. No recent cold, flu, sinus infection or any illness. Why?

Keep experiencing sensation of water up my nose @ diff. times of the day and headaches. No recent cold, flu, sinus infection or any illness. Why?

Sinus spasms: It could be that your sinus passages are spasming which can happen from weather changes, dryness or just random spasms. Certain migraines can cause these kinds of symptoms. Try doing some sinus washing and see if that helps. ...Read more

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Stomach flu or sinus infection, how does one tell the difference?

Stomach flu or sinus infection, how does one tell the difference?

Location: Stomach flu includes GI distress with diarrhea, vomiting or both. Sinusitis is a sinonasal disorder with inflammation, facial pain and discolored nasal drainage. ...Read more

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Is a respiratory and sinus infection different from the flu /virus?

Yes: Influenza virus can cause respiratory tract symptoms and can produce changes that may lead to secondary sinus infections. You are talking apples and oranges. One is the causative agent of infection and the others are the anatomic sites and symptoms which may occur. ...Read more

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What is the g flu germ? Aboth ear infections bad sinus infection

What is the g flu germ? Aboth ear infections bad sinus infection

I'm : I'm not sure if i'm understanding your question completely - the "flu" - also known as influenza - is a virus that can cause runny nose, cough, vomiting, body aches, fever, and tiredness. It often lasts at least a week. In children, the flu can lead to pneumonia or dehydration. Because of this, i always recommend the flu vaccine to all my pediatric patients (and as a mom, i always give it to my two children). The flu vaccine can be given as a shot or as a nasal spray.

For more information about influenza, see: http://www.Immunize.Org/catg.D/p4208.Pdf

for more information about the vaccine, see: http://www.Immunize.Org/catg.D/p4069.Pdf

sinusitis is due to a bacteria (or rarely a fungus) not a virus. Ear infections can be due to a virus, but more often are due to a bacteria.

I hope this helps. If i didn't answer your question, please post again. Thanks. ...Read more

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If i had a serious sinus infection would I have a fever?

If i had a serious sinus infection would I have a fever?

Not always. : U can have sinusitis with no fever but u would have a headache or a facial congested feeling or drainage down the back of ur throat. Best 2 c an ENT specialist 4 evaluation and possibly imaging 2 confirm the diagnosis, & then follow recommended treatment. ...Read more

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I have a sinus infection. Didn't have a fever the past couple days now all of a sudden I have 100.4° is that bad?

I have a sinus infection. Didn't have a fever the past couple days now all of a sudden I have 100.4°  is that bad?

No.: Low grade elevation of temperature is not of much consequence without other clinical symptoms such as increased pain, discharge, redness, etc.

Technically fever is a temp greater than 100.5 f. ...Read more

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Is it unusual to have sinus infection MRSA without fever. I tested positive on culture that was suctioned rather than swab, but i don't have fever.?

Is it unusual to have sinus infection MRSA without fever.  I tested positive on culture that was suctioned rather than swab, but i don't have fever.?

Colonization: Many of us have staph, and some have mrsa, present in our nose, groin and skin without any invasion of tissue or infection. Colonization does not have any symptoms but the carrier can transmit infection to others. See this site for more information.
http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/epidemiology/surveillance/mrsa/. ...Read more

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Do people ever get a sinus infection without a fever?

Do people ever get a sinus infection without a fever?

Yes: Many cases of sinusitis occur in the absence of fever.
Sinusitis is characterized by nasal congestion, purulent discharge, headache and facial pain over the sinuses. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a sinus infection without a fever?

Is it possible to have a sinus infection without a fever?

Sure: Most sinus infections don't cause fever. However, without fever, and if you aren't having severe pain, this may not be urgent; most likely it's just a cold probably you can safely wait until Monday and see a doctor or clinic then if symptoms are severe. ...Read more

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I have recurrent sinus infection every 2 months with too much cough and pleghm and fever sometimes. How can i treat it for gd.

I have recurrent sinus infection every 2 months with too much cough and pleghm and fever sometimes. How can i treat it for gd.

Need more sleep: I wonder if you are taking care of yourself properly if you keep having these kinds of problems? Sleep is a very important part of the immune system -so make sure you get enough. I wonder too if you are taking care of your sinuses -some people are a 'set up' for these problems if they have allergies/chronic inflammation. Have you seen your doctor about this? You might benefit from a nasal steroid. ...Read more

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My 3 year old has sinus infection x 3 days. Fever resolved. Noticed today when he cried, had blood tinged tears. Should i b concern or related to sinu?

My 3 year old has sinus infection x 3 days. Fever resolved. Noticed today when he cried, had blood tinged tears. Should i b concern or related to sinu?

Check his eyes: Be sure there is no scratch . He may possibly have pink eye from allergy or developing eye infection. Take a look, if not take a picture or video to show your pediatrician tomorrow. Sounds like it is benign but if it is moderate to large amount, you may need to go to er tonight or call on call pediatrician and ask for advice. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Seibert
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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. Daniel Saurborn
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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