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Could mast cell activation disorder cause a virus to trigger severe sinus symptoms and reactive airways?

Could mast cell activation disorder cause a virus to trigger severe sinus symptoms and reactive airways?

Mast cell disorders: A variety of “triggers” may induce a mast cell response. These include drug abuse, alcohol drinking, preservatives, stress, sunlight, environmental toxins, bacteria/fungi/mold, artificial colors or flavorings, heat/cold, and presumably viral infection. Minimizing your exposure to these triggers may help redcuce your risk of triggering mast cell activation. ...Read more

Dr. James Dukelow
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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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Why does my snot get snicky when viruses kill the cells in my sinus?

Why does my snot get snicky when viruses kill the cells in my sinus?

Virus damage & mucus: When viruses infect the respiratory system, the body fights it by making thick sticky mucus in the nose, sinuses or lungs. Also, the cells that have been damaged by the virus collect in the nasal mucus and make it much more sticky. When the virus is killed off, both problems disappear so the extra nasal / sinus mucus disappears. ...Read more

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I feel like my 7yr old is always sick, only like a 2 or 3 week span between viruses/colds..is this normal?? Seems like he always has sinus problems

I feel like my 7yr old is always sick,  only like a 2 or 3 week span between viruses/colds..is this normal?? Seems like he always has sinus problems

Recurrent illnesses: are quite common for young children in daycare or early elementary (average of one 'cold' per month). Recurrent upper respiratory symptoms can also be caused by underlying untreated allergies, or problems with immunity (uncommon). ...Read more

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Cold, congestion, sinus pain 1 week. Now better, but 2nd bout of it in 2 months. Got better without meds both times. Normal to get viruses so often?

Cold, congestion, sinus pain 1 week. Now better, but 2nd bout of it in 2 months. Got better without meds both times. Normal to get viruses so often?

Yes: Particularly this time of year. However, it is not unreasonable to explore potential causes of chronic rhinitis (allergy, irritant exposure, nasal polyps etc) which can cause you to be prone to worsened symptoms with an acute viral infection. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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Can someone tell me how to know if my headache/sinus pain caused by a virus or something else?

Can someone tell me how to know if my headache/sinus pain caused by a virus or something else?

You: Come in contact with virus, virus wants to take over and reproduce, your bodies immune system recognizes a threat, it calls all units available to attack the virus. Local released products cause edema, swelling and allow traffic of your immune cells. Things get all swollen, mucus builds up and hence pain. ...Read more

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What i can I do for a cough from sinus respiratory virus?

What i can I do for a cough from sinus respiratory virus?

Cough: If you truly have a viral infection your body has to fight it off. For symptomatic relief of cough you can you Chestal, cool mist vaporizor, or cough drops. Would recommend follow up with your physician to make sure nothing more serious and make personalized recommendations based on your history. ...Read more

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Do people ever get a virus while having a sinus infection?

Do people ever get a virus while having a sinus infection?

Infx caused by virus: A majority of sinusitis infections are caused by viruses (e.g.Rhinovirus). Since antibiotics only treat bacterial infections, they are useless against virus infections. In fact, the time it takes to feel better after taking an antibiotic, is the same as the patient who didn't take an antibiotic. In many cases, your immune system will take care of it; supportive management is all that is needed. ...Read more

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Whays the difference between a sinus infection and a virus?

Sinusitis: A virus is a type of organism that is capable of causing an infection, including one in the sinuses. A sinus infection (sinusitis) is the condition in which something is producing inflammation in your sinuses. Hope this makes it clear. ...Read more

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I recover slowly from "cold" viruses, i also have chronic sinusitis. Cld my slow recovery from viruses and my sinusitis be caused by poor sinus drainage? I have had 2 sinus surgeries.

I recover slowly from "cold" viruses, i also have chronic sinusitis.  Cld my slow recovery from viruses and my sinusitis be caused by poor sinus drainage? I have had 2 sinus surgeries.

Multiple infections: Hello, i would recommend that you discuss an immune evaluation with your doctor. With the number of infections you are experiencing, i look outside the box and search for answers. A second opinion may also be helpful since you've had multiple surgeries. Finally, discuss allergy testing. Your "infections" may be allergy symptoms. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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Virus (Definition)

A virus is a small infectious agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses can infect all types of organisms, from animals and plants ...Read more