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Doctor insights on: Sinus Virus Symptoms

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Dr. Shari Jackson
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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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What are the symptoms of viral sinus infections?

What are the symptoms of viral sinus infections?

Cannot tell the: difference. Sinus infection can be viral or bacterial. Facial pain , drainage frequently colored or bloody, pain in the face and alteration of taste can all be symptoms including fever. Suggest that you do not smoke. If this persist see your doctor. ...Read more

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Sore throat, headache, sinus pressure, body fatigue and aches but no fever. Allergies or Viral Infection?

Sore throat, headache, sinus pressure, body fatigue and aches but no fever. Allergies or Viral Infection?

Allergy symptoms: It depends on the duration of symptoms, if you symptoms have just started, it can be either allergies or a viral infection. If these symptoms have been persistent for several weeks, then it is more likely allergies. Do you recall if something triggered your symptoms? Were you around someone will a viral illness prior to your symptoms starting. ...Read more

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Symptoms of sinusitus?

Symptoms of sinusitus?

Several: Major symptoms are infected drainage, nasal blockage, and facial discomfort. Minor symptoms are smell disturbance, facial swelling-redness-tenderness, upper dental discomfort, cough, fever. Viral and bacterial infections have the same symptoms but viral ones resolve over 10-14 days but bacterial infections either worsen over time or plateau and persist for 3-4 weeks. ...Read more

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Can reoccuring herpes outbreak cause cold symptoms?

Can reoccuring herpes outbreak cause cold symptoms?

Yes: Yes. However its is very often the other way around. You get a cold, it lowers your immune system and then you get a cold sore. ...Read more

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Are frequent colds signs and symptoms of sinus infection?

Are frequent colds signs and symptoms of sinus infection?

Possibly: Colds can alter the normal anatomy of sinuses and create an environment of secondary infection. ...Read more

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How will a doctor differentiate viral respiratory infection from bacterial infection? Signs are fever cough congestion, no sore throat - 4 days.

How will a doctor differentiate viral respiratory infection from bacterial infection? Signs are fever cough congestion, no sore throat - 4 days.

Usually easy: Normal w/ viral uri's to have a temp up to 72 hrs. If u have sore throat it's very unlikely to be strep when u also have cough/congestion (not always the case with kids). Flu is peaking now (in us) classic symptoms are high temp congestion, body aches, +\-sore throat or cough. If u r feeling unusually ill or measured temp exceeds 3 days u should be seen (sooner if u have chronic health cond. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of respiratory syncytial virus infection?

What are the symptoms of respiratory syncytial virus infection?

Multiple: Rsv has many symptoms and they can vary by age. It is most dangerous for infants, especially less than 6 months of age. Typically there is cough, nasal congestion, wheezing and coarse breath sounds, and fever. For an older child or adult, the symptoms generally mimic that of the common cold. In either case, time and supportive care are the best treatments. ...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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Which symptoms of a sinus infection will cold medicine alleviate?

Some: Usually cough medicine will help alleviate stuffy, runny nose, and aches depending on the medicine you use. They may also alleviate cough and post nasal drip. ...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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Which symptoms of a sinus infection will OTC cold medicines alleviate?

Multiple: Otc cold medicines can alleviate almost every symptom: -pain/pressure (acetaminophen, ibuprophen) -congestion (phenylephrine, pseudoephedrine) -drainage (antihistamines) i would look directly for these ingredients to see what you are targeting. If not improving, an prescription antibiotic would be needed for the infection. ...Read more

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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

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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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Is it oversimplification to say sinus infection are either viral or bacterial? Can they be both? Like existing minor bacterial get worse w virus?

Sinus infections: By far the most common cause of sinus infections are viruses. In very few cases (0.5-2%) bacterial infection may follow a viral infection. In individuals with altered immunity we sometimes also see invasive fungal infections. Management conservative (fluids, analgesics, saline drops, decongestants) unless symptoms persist >10d; hi fever (>102f/ 39c) or respiratory symptoms start..Then see ur doc. ...Read more

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Can a virus in the sinus that is ongoing eventually making me loose my sense of smell and bringing on bouts of dizziness, numbness, and loss of energy?

Can a virus in the sinus that is ongoing eventually making me loose my sense of smell and bringing on bouts of dizziness, numbness, and loss of energy?

Sinusitis: Hate to alarm you but this sounds as if you should be seen by a doctor asap and carefully evaluated. This has the potential to be quite severe, but may also be unremarkable. Always better safe than sorry. Go and see a doctor. ...Read more

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I have had a headache for a week and a half behind my eyes.. I have sinus congestion but no drainage or fever. Is this caused by a virus?

I have had a headache for a week and a half behind my eyes..  I have  sinus congestion but no drainage or fever. Is this caused by a virus?

Maybe: Your headache very likely is a consequence of your sinus congestion, even without drainage. It can be from allergic reaction to inhaled allergen like pollen, a viral infection or even a bacterial infection. However, you may be right that this is not from a bacterial infection as you are not systemically sicker (fever, chills, swelling around the facial area). Try otc anti-allergy/decongestant. ...Read more

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I went to acute care in my area and they do not want to give Augmentin for my sinus problem. It is there policy to wait 10 to 14 days. This is the 3rd time I have contacted this virus that results in a brutal downhill sinus problem for me. help?

I went to acute care in my area and they do not want to give Augmentin for my sinus problem. It is there policy to wait 10 to 14 days. This is the 3rd time I have contacted this virus that results in a brutal downhill sinus problem for me. help?

See a specialist: It can be diffiicult to judge the cause of sinusitits (allergic vs viral vs bacterial and others), and it's often wise to not treat with antibiotic. However, it seems you have a chronic or recurrent problem, and maybe not all sinusitis, which should not cause cough with blood in sputum (phlegm). Talk w/ your PCP about specialty referral, e.g. pulmonary, infectious disease, or ENT. Good luck! ...Read more

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Multiple viruses, ear infection, sinus infection, over past 6 weeks. Done antibios. How long till my ears stopped feeling blocked? Concerned.

Multiple viruses, ear infection, sinus infection, over past 6 weeks. Done antibios. How long till my ears stopped feeling blocked? Concerned.

Decongestant: You may need to be treated with a decongestant and these can be obtained otc. Begin with Pseudoephedrine and can also use oxymetozaline spray, but be careful to limit the latter to only a day or two. Check with your friendly pharmacist for the product names. ...Read more

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Have had head virus and sinus infection for two weeks, 16 months old daughter is also sick and nursing constantly. Started pushing around in my armpits and finally felt some bilateral oblong, soft movable lumps about 2-4 mm. Lymph nodes?

Have had head virus and sinus infection for two weeks, 16 months old daughter is also sick and nursing constantly. Started pushing around in my armpits and finally felt some bilateral oblong, soft movable lumps about 2-4 mm. Lymph nodes?

See doctor: About 10% of the people end up with a bacterial sinusitis after a cold and thus with symptoms lasting for 2 weeks, your sinuses are likely infected. However the armpit node swelling may be a residual of the viral infection or from something other than the sinusitis. You should bring this up with your doctor when you see him/her. ...Read more

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I had mono went back to the doctor and she didn't see a virus anymore.I still feel dizzy with hearing loss could this be a sinus infection from mono?

I had mono went back to the doctor and she didn't see a virus anymore.I still feel dizzy with hearing loss could this be a sinus infection from mono?

Dizzy, hearing loss: Those issues may be somewhat unrelated to mononucleosis. If you had upper respiratory symptoms with the mono, then may be related. I would suggest seeing an otolaryngologist at this point to sort things our further, get a good head/neck exam, and possibly hearing testing. ...Read more

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I was sick in 2013 with a nasty flu virus and I had a weird head pain from a headache that made my head twinge, it went away but now for the past year I have been getting sinus pain, I take nasal spray Flonase, which my primary gave me, I've done neti pot

I was sick in 2013 with a nasty flu virus and I had a weird head pain from a headache that made my head twinge, it went away but now for the past year I have been getting sinus pain, I take nasal spray Flonase, which my primary gave me, I've done neti pot

Sinus is only mild: Headache pain from sinus obstruction can be associated with acute sinusitis +/- allergic nasal inflammation that worsens with barometric pressure from weather changes. Such discomfort responds easily to decongestants and is rarely moderate or severe; in such cases look for other causes: neck strain, eye issues, variation of migraine or tension headaches, etc. A brain Ct or MRI may be indicated. ...Read more

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