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Sinuses (Definition)

Sinuses are air filled spaces in the head that have several proposed functions: 1. They serve as shock absorbers in cases of head trauma 2. Lighten the skull 3. Humidify and filter the air while also producing mucus 4. Play a role in vocal resonance. The head contains 4 paired sinus cavities: maxillaries (cheek) under the eyes, ethmoids (between the eyes), frontals (above ...Read more


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In the morning my right side of my nose has blood in my tissue. I have hade it for a week. My sinuses were bothering me for a while. I?

In the morning my right side of my nose has blood in my tissue. I have hade it for a week. My sinuses were bothering me for a while. I?

Probably normal: You can start with saline nasal spray or a little vaseline in the nostril at night to help with mosturization -- if that doesn't stop the epistaxis, or if the bleeding gets worse, talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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My sinuses are bothering me and I have post nasal drip which is making me cough a lot do I have to get antibiotics for the cough?

My sinuses are bothering me and I have post nasal drip which is making me cough a lot do I have to get antibiotics for the cough?

Post nasal drip: You should consult a physician. You may be suffering from allergies and postnasal drip. Allergy medication like antihistamine and nasal spray and neti poti sinus rinse can help. Consult a physician or an ENT specialist. ...Read more

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My sinuses are bothering me and I have post nasal drip which is making me cough a lot should I seek antibiotics from a doctor?

My sinuses are bothering me and I have post nasal drip which is making me cough a lot should I seek antibiotics from a doctor?

Maybe: Antibiotics should be reserved for those with bacterial infection. Post nasal drip is one symptom of sinus infection. Other symptoms are headache/pressure in the face/cheek bones especially with leaning forward, cough, bad breath, discolored nasal discharge and sometimes tooth pain. When these symptoms persist beyond 2 weeks, sinus infection is likely. Allergies cause ongoing post nasal drip too. ...Read more

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Hit my head on the fridge, scalp burning and sinuses bothering me. Please help?

Hit my head on the fridge, scalp burning and sinuses bothering me. Please help?

Headaches: Post head trauma headache are common and the pain can be on your forehead and upper face in addition to the contact site. Try otc pain remedies and see your primary care doctor if pain persists beyond a week. ...Read more

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I have yr round allergies. Why then when it rains does my nose stop up, and my sinuses bother me. Wouldn't rain wash away what is in the air?

I have yr round allergies. Why then when it rains does my nose stop up, and my sinuses bother me. Wouldn't rain wash away what is in the air?

Not always: Paradoxically no- there is a concept called thunderstorm asthma. As the rain falls and interacts w pollen in the air. It can cause an increase in microscopic pieces of pollen that can exacerbate allergy problems. ...Read more

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Can I take fluticasone nasal spray, fexofenadine, & diphenhydramine at the same time? My sinuses are really bothering me.

Can I take fluticasone nasal spray, fexofenadine, & diphenhydramine at the same time? My sinuses are really bothering me.

Allergy meds: You can take fluticasone and fexofenadine but adding Diphenhydramine will not add much control to your symptoms, you need a nasal antihistamine, ask your doctor for a prescription or consult an allergist for all your options. ...Read more

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Scratchy throat sinuses bothering me first day sign of a cold or is this hear burn related what's the best remedy as I have a trip in 1 week?

Scratchy throat sinuses bothering me first day sign of a cold or is this hear burn related what's the best remedy as I have a trip in 1 week?

Likely virus: Your sinuses should not be congested from gastroesophageal reflux ("heartburn"), although that can cause scratchy throat. You might have an early virus. To get better quickly, get 8 hours of sleep a night, drink plenty of fluids and possibly consider a zinc supplement. Vitamin C (250mg/ day), when taken regularly, may shorted your colds by a half day. Prevent colds with good hand hygiene. ...Read more

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Why does everything bother my sinuses and lung?

Why does everything bother my sinuses and lung?

Smoker?: If you smoke then the answer is smoking. Smoking causes dysfunction of the lining of the respiratory tract from the nose to the lungs causing it to be more sluggish, more mucousy and less resistant to germs. If you are not a smoker then it could be allergies making your respiratory tract more sensitive to irritants. ...Read more

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Sore enlarged glands under jaw for 5 months no other symptoms. When get really upset sinuses become sore and no blocked. What is it?

Sore enlarged glands under jaw for 5 months no other symptoms. When get really upset sinuses become sore and no blocked. What is it?

Infection?: Lymph nodes (glands) usually enlarge when they work hard to fight off infections. Five months is a long time to go w/o checking w/ a doctor for the cause. There are other things under jaws - salivary glands, thyroid, etc. Have an exam - perhaps see an ENT specialist. Something is not right and it's not self-correcting so far. Best wishes! ...Read more

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My 6 years oldson has sinuses and stomach pain he feels uneasy in the morning and gets upset stomach from sunlight why it happens to him?

My 6 years oldson has sinuses and stomach pain he feels uneasy in the morning and gets upset stomach from sunlight why it happens to him?

See your doctor: This is a problem that requires a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. In that meeting, your doctor will listen to you, perform a throrough examination and possibly order labs or other tests. Based on this information, he/she will be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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What can we use to calm an upset stomach from so much mucus draining? My boyfriend has had many surgeries on his nose due to breaking it so many times and now his sinuses just drain into his stomach. He is constantly spitting out as much as he can but eve

What can we use to calm an upset stomach from so much mucus draining? My boyfriend has had many surgeries on his nose due to breaking it so many times and now his sinuses just drain into his stomach. He is constantly spitting out as much as he can but eve

Antihistamines: Nasal surgery for recurrent fractures rarely affects the sinuses. Only EXTREMELY severe facial fractures that involve much more than the nose actually will affect sinus function. It is normal for sinus/nasal drainage to drain to the stomach, but it be noticed. Try over the counter antihistamines such as zyrtec or allegra, or nasal steroid sprays in addition. Check for allergies or other causes ...Read more

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What's good for sinuses?

What's good for sinuses?

Nasal steroids: Nasal steroids are generally a good place to start, as the treat all kinds of inflammatory sinus disease (allergic and non-allergic). Antihistamines help if there is an allergic component, as do oral decongestants. An evaluation by an otolaryngologist is always helpful to look for causes. ...Read more

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Could your sinuses explode?

Explode?: Although your sinuses will not explode, certain types of sinus infection will erode through adjacent bones and produce osteomyelitis, or infection can spread into surrounding tissues or the brain and its linings and cavities. ...Read more

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Where are your sinuses at?

Where are your sinuses at?

See picture: A picture is worth a thousand words. See attached picture. ...Read more

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What can block your sinuses?

What can block your sinuses?

Sinus blockage: Greetings. The things that lock your sinus drainage pathways could be mucus membrane swelling, polyps, thick mucus, tumors, bacteria, virus or fungal infectious buildup or even your normal anatomy. See your ENT doctor for a full evaluation. ...Read more

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Do sinuses every get too dry?

Yes: Antihistamine medications can dry up the sinuses. Also hot dry environments may cause the mucus membranes the line the sinuses to dry up. (ie. Produce less water filled mucus material). ...Read more

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What does dry sinuses mean?

See below: Justin: Sinus or sinusitis is an overused term, without a uniform connotation. Dry air can dry out the mucus membrane of the nose and cause a sensation of burning, especially if you do not make enough mucus. Dry air by itself does not cause sinusitis. Bacterial infection in the sinuses may require antibiotic treatment. Seeing your doctor would be prudent to settle the issue. ...Read more

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Can I have my sinuses removed?

Not exactly: Your sinuses are part of the facial skeleton. The are air pockets within the bone. The openings from your sinuses onto the nasal passage can be widened and this will sometimes improve drainage. There are a number of smaller sinus cells between your eyes, and these can be surgically treated to remove the internal walls to create a single, larger space, but ultimately you will still have sinuses. ...Read more

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What can I do to clear sinuses?

What can I do to clear sinuses?

Saline: Frequent saline nasal irrigation can alleviate sinus congestion, 2 to 3 times a day. ...Read more

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How come my sinuses always dripping?

How come my sinuses always dripping?

See ENT specialist: You may have a chronic infection. Please consult an ENT specialist. ...Read more

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Sinuses hurts during and after a cold?

Sinuses hurts during and after a cold?

Sinusitis: Colds frequently leave a bacterial sinusitis in their wake. You may need to see your doctor. ...Read more

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What causes the sinuses to get blocked?

What causes the sinuses to get blocked?

Blocked sinuses: There may be anatomic airway/nasal deformity, like a deviated nasal septum, overgrown bone (turbinates), or bone at the holes that aerate sinuses. The mucous membranes may swell and block the natural air holes into the sinuses, along with mucous or bacterial exudate (pus). Finally, there are some soft tissue masses (tumors) that can also block these holes. Smoking also aggravates tissues. ...Read more

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Best ED med that will not swell sinuses?

ED Meds: All of the oral pde5 medications are vasodilators and can cause nasal congestion. Intracavernosal injection therapy would circumvent this problem. Talk to your urologist about this highly effective option. ...Read more

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What exactly do the cavernous sinuses do?

What exactly do the cavernous sinuses do?

Big blood vessel: The cavernous sinuses are actually not the stereotypical sinuses that most people talk about. If you have sinusitis, you will have inflammation of your paranasal sinuses. The cavernous sinus is a collection of veins just outside your brain. It is associated with important nerves and the carotid artery. In general it collects blood from the brain and helps send it back to the heart. ...Read more

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What's an effective way to treat sinuses?

Sinuses: Usual medicines like nasal sprays with steroids and or antihistamine, oral antihistamines and decongestants, saline nasal irrigations and oral steroids can all help. If symptoms persist ENT and proper allergy evaluation are important. Allergy injections to build up a tolerance toward the offending allergens are very helpful. It is a slow but very effective treatment in the long run. ...Read more