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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. Warren Foster
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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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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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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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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

Dr. Patricia Foster
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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. Jeffrey Stevens
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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