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Sinus Virus Symptoms
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
Many: Epstein barr virus (mononucleosis), cocksakie a & b, adenovirus, . ...Read more
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
Yes: They are caused by different germs that can infect a person at the same time. ...Read more
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
Possibly: Colds can alter the normal anatomy of sinuses and create an environment of secondary infection. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
10 days cold, cough, congestion, runny nose. No fever, headache or facial pain/pressure. Cold or sinus infection?
Sinus blocked, post nasal drip, ear ache, no runny nose, no fever. Is that flu or common cold or something else?
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
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
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
1yr old with rattle/phlem sound in chest, slight cough, no other symptoms.Can it be formula, teething or virus?Had recent sinus infection.Is it serious?
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Took 1st dose of methotrexate 10 mg yest.Today sinus pain & earache.Haven't had virus in over 2 yrs!coincidence?Could methotrexate affect me that fast
No: Mtx would not really cause that - so more coincidence. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Multiple viruses, ear infection, sinus infection, over past 6 weeks. Done antibios. How long till my ears stopped feeling blocked? Concerned.
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
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
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
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