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Tea Tree Oil Sinus Congestion
Nothing!!!: There are no medications that will definitively "cure"congestion. Etiology is usually viral or allergic and treatment is usually fluids, making the child comfortable (with a cold). You can also try a decongestant but that, like tylenol, (acetaminophen) is only for symptomatic relief--meaning that the congestion will return when the decongestant wears off. An antihistamine can be used if allergy is the cause. ...Read more
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
First, diagnosis: Sinus congestion is not as easy to diagnose by the patient as one might think. You may really have nasal congestion. And most causes of nasal congestion are viral infections. Therefore, it is very likely that the overall symptoms of a viral infection may lead to a decrease in appetite. The course of these infections is 7-10 days. If longer, consult you physician. ...Read more
Moisture: If you want to avoid medications, try to maintain good nasal health by using saline irrigations and keeping an appropriate moisture level in the air you breathe. Unfortunately, this won't help if you have a physical issue blocking the drainage of your sinuses. Finally, make sure that the problem really is sinus-related and not another kind of headache. ...Read more
Yes: The sphenoid sinuses in particular are theorized to contribute to vertex (top of the head) or occipital (back of the head) pressure. ...Read more
Infection or not: Sinus infection is when an organism colonizes the linings of your sinuses and lives there causing symptoms including pain and secretions. Congestion occurs as a reaction of the sinus lining to a variety of agents and irritants and fills up with secretions. It can lead to infection, but responds to irrigation and decongestants. They can occur simultaneously. ...Read more
Viral infection: Good question. But sinus infection or congestion of the paranasal sinuses does not cause ear infections. They may be related in that the cause of the paranasal sinus infection (assuming it is not nasal allergy) and the middle ear may be infected by the same virus. 98% of upper respiratory infections are viral and no antibiotic is indicated for a minimum of a week and a maximum of 10 days. ...Read more
I just took 2 sudafed for my sinus congestion, can I take anything with it for my coughing spasms?
Coughing spasms: Coughing spasms are symptoms of whooping cough especially when gasping for air in between with or without choking or vomiting are signs of pertussis or whooping cough. If the cough is persistent, I recommend you to be tested for it and/or get treated. Cases of pertussis have increased recently thus my vigilance for diagnosing it. ...Read more
Does drinking a lot of caffeinated beverages affect glaucoma and does having sinus congestion affect glaucoma?
Probably not: There is a temporary increase in the eye pressure to a small degree from the ingestion of a large volume of liquid until the kidney gets rid of it. The caffeine does not alter the fluid relationships in the eye and so is not a problem. Sinus congestion is an independent problem and unrelated to eye pressure. ...Read more
Hello there, this morning I woke up and coughed up brown/red like phlegm. I have recently had some Sinus congestion issues.?????
That's common: Having sinus congestion or even pneumonia can make you cough up various colored phlegm. The color doesn't necessarily tell us if it's infected or not. I would say, though, if it's red, keep an eye on it. If you think it's blood or notice frank blood, then you should be seen. Pneumonia is a common cause of coughing up blood, or hemoptysis. ...Read more
5mo w/ cough/sinus congestion x3 days temp rectal 100.4 eating good when do I take to md& how will I know if it is going into her chest?
If you have clear mucus after smoke inhalation, have sinus congestion but are functioning normally two days after the event should you go see a dr.
Smoke inhalation: You should see your doctor to make sure the smoke didn't damage your lungs. ...Read more
I got heaviness in my head from last four days nd also little bit balancing problem. My doctor told me I got sinus congestion. What it could be else!
How did the sinus congestion comeback in less than a week? Had congestion monday, took aleave sinus d, went away. Congestion back today, have sudafed.
See a specialist: Allergist or ENT, you already tried self medicating, check aaaai. Org or acaai. Org for an allergist in your area, good luck ...Read more
Home Sinus Remedies: Saline nasal flushes, 1 tsp salt per 16 ounces water is a recipe. Burning after use? Add 1/4 tsp baking soda. Many saline flushes are available over the counter. Hot steam from long, hot showers or a wet sauna are also helpful. Over the counter decongestants, such as pseudoephrine also help. Mucinex-d - Guaifenesin may help also. ...Read more
Diagnosis: This is a common question asked by patients. How do you know your paranasal sinuses are congested? Could it really be your nose is congested. So the answer to your question is a specific diagnosis must be made. Otc meds such as Robitussin or Mucinex (guaifenesin) my help but certainly allergy needs to be ruled out. The gold standard to prove that you have sinusitis is a cat scan. ...Read more
OTC is ok: If this is a short duration problems (< 1 week) then over the counter (otc) medications like mucinex, (guaifenesin) robitussin, or other cough and cold remedies are fine. Read and follow the labels, as even otc meds can be harmful. If this is a longer term problem see your pcp or ENT as there could be a need for prescription type medications. Best wishes. ...Read more
Ask pediatrician: Often just have a viral upper respiratory tract infection like the common cold, and do not require treatment. Uris are reported to be 20-200 times more common than true bacterial sinus infection. Uris do not respond to antibiotics. If truely bacterial sinus infection may image sinuses or be on prolonged antibiotic therapy. Allergies can also contribute to sinus congestion. ...Read more
Warm tea: Warm tea is the best drink for sinus congestion. ...Read more
Oral or spray?: If you are using a nasal spray, this can develop into a rebound congestion called rhinitis medicamentosa. This suggest the use of the med, it wears off and the nose tissue swells again Develops after about one week of usage. The treatment is going without the decongestant. If this is an oral pill see the doctor for further advice. Your doctor can provide info on both. ...Read more
Some reasons for having sinus congestion/pain after nasal rinses are:
1. Applying to much force.
2. Using a wrong concentration (too much or too little) salt.
3. Too hot or too cold water temperature.
Correct these and they are usually more comfortable. ...Read more
I'm 49, I have terrible hearing, however, I always have sinus congestion. I'm wondering if that can contribute to my poor hearing?
Yes: Sinus problems can contribute to hearing problems. That is not a complete answer, of course, but the basic answer is "yes". You should have things checked by an ENT doctor. They understand both problems and how they can be interrelated. ...Read more
Sinus congestion: Will not cause angle glaucoma. In patients who have narrow anterior chamber angles (which would be diagnosed by an ophthalmologist), taking medications to treat a sinus infection could lead to an angle closure glaucoma attack. If you have narrow angles, you should avoid decongestants and anti-histamines until you are told by your ophthalmologist that it's ok to use them. ...Read more