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Sinus Infection Vs Flu
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
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.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
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.
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.
See below: The vaccine would still be effective.Get a more detailed answer ›
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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
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.
I was diagnosed with ear infection/sinus infection/flu last week. On Zpack/prednisone/prometh/codeine, lungs are still full of fluid, inhaler no help?
Cough: Promethazine with codeine is a cough suppressant. If you have a lot of sputum you need an expectorant, guaifenissin such as Robitussin or mucinex (guaifenesin) & drink a lot of fluids. If yout are not wheezing no need for the bronchodilator inhaler. talk to your doctor. Feel better.See 1 more doctor answer
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
How long does fatigue from the flu last? Got sick 2 1/2 weeks ago. Have sinus infection now... Could that be causing fatigue?
Yes, if you have: Developed a secondary sinus infection that is probably why you feel fatigued and ill now.
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.
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
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