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What bacteria causes the constant foul odor when one has a sinus infection?

What bacteria causes the constant foul odor when one has a sinus infection?

Several: The foul odor is due to a combination of factors, not the least of which is stagnant pus in a cavity with decay due to the inflammation. Investigators at the univ. Of va showed many years ago that anaerobic bacteria may be causing sinusitis, and these organisms produce fatty acids and other materials which may be malodorous.
Create drainage, irrigate, use antibiotics, treat allergies. ...Read more

Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
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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's more effective in treating a bacterial sinus infection - Cipro (ciprofloxacin) or Augmentin? I also have bad odour through the nose

What's more effective in treating a bacterial sinus infection - Cipro (ciprofloxacin) or Augmentin? I also have bad odour through the nose

Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate): Augmentin is usually recommended first line. More resistance to cipro (ciprofloxacin). The bad odor is probably from the purulent sinus drainage. ...Read more

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I have a sinus infection and when they tested the bacteria it came back positive for trich, how?

I have a sinus infection and when they tested the bacteria it came back positive for trich, how?

Trichimonas sinus: It is not out of the realm of possibility that a vaginal bacteria could potentially infect a non vaginal site. For a bacteria to grow it needs a warm site and the sinus could be that site. As long as you treat it with the appropriate antibiotic that it clears the infection. I see no problem. Wash your hands thoroughly when using the restroom or after any contact with that area. ...Read more

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How does bacteria from sinus infection go to ears?

How does bacteria from sinus infection go to ears?

URI: The sinuses and the middle ear are connected by various pathways, including the eustacian tubes to the middle ear, the nasoparynx and so on. Also the same organisms that usually infect the sinuses also infect other areas of the upper respiratory tract. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose a sinus infection bacterial?

How do you diagnose a sinus infection bacterial?

Generally clinically: Acute bacterial sinusitis has signs and symptoms which indicate its presence to an astute clinician, and does not usually require imaging studies unless complications are arising. If you have facial and periorbital pain and swelling, nasality of speech, pus from your nose, tenderness over the teeth or sinuses and have had a prior cold, allergy, trauma, etc., you have sinusitis. See a doctor. ...Read more

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How long should a acute bacterial sinus infection last?

Sinusits: There is no time limit. Some infections clear on their own but often they require treatment with antibiotics, steroids, sprays, etc. See your doctor for answers. ...Read more

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What if you have an acute bacterial sinus infection for more than 2-3 months?

Chronic sinusitis: See an ENT doc who specializes in sinus conditions. I frequently successfully treat patients who have been infected for years not months... There are numerous possibilities and potential solutions. Don't give up! ...Read more

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How does ENT know if a sinus infection is viral or bacterial?

Sinus Infection: The diagnosis is based upon your clinical presentation and symptoms. The only definitive way to differentiate is through a culture. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a bacterial or a viral sinus infection?

Time: The only real sign that has proven predictive of a bacterial sinus infection vs a viral sinus infection is the length of time of symptoms (that was reported to be 10 days). Initially it is usually a viral infection and then a secondary bacterial infection occurs (7-10 days later). That is why most physicians usually recommend otc meds and conservative measure in the beginning. ...Read more

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How to distinguish between viral and bacterial sinus infection in children?

How to distinguish between viral and bacterial sinus infection in children?

Sinuses are 4: Sets of air-filled, mucous membrane-lined pockets near nasal passages that don't develop fully until adolescence. 2 sets are small, but present at birth; 1 set begins to develop at 7 yrs. & 1 in adolescence. Suspect bacterial sinusitis in a child with a 10-14 day history of viral or allergic nasal congestion, fever, green nasal discharge & headache. See www. Entnet. Org/content/pediatric-sinusitis. ...Read more

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What signs and symptoms differentiate a bacterial vs a viral acute sinus infection?

Time: Almost all bacterial sinus infections occur following a viral upper respiratory infection. In the first several days following a cold the sinuses inflame due to the viral illness. About 15 to 20% of the time a viral illness becomes bacterial. 7 to 10 days after illness if symptoms persist or worsen with cough, headache, congestion, bacterial is now a likelyhood. ...Read more

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If I have bacterial pink eye does that mean I have a sinus infection too?

If I have bacterial pink eye does that mean I have a sinus infection too?

Maybe: Bacterial pink eye is a bit unusual, and should be evaluated by an eye doctor. The organism causing the infection is important to know. ...Read more

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Can you get a bacterial sinus infection from changing a cat litter box?

Can you get a bacterial sinus infection from changing a cat litter box?

Unlikely: In most cases the worst that could happen is a bit of irritation from the litter dust.

Unless you are pregnant or immunocompromised. Then definitely stay away from the cat litter. There is a nasty critter in cat waste called toxoplasma that is dangerous in that setting. ...Read more

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My mucus is a deep yellowish green, did my cold give rise to a bacterial sinus infection?

My mucus is a deep yellowish green, did my cold give rise to a bacterial sinus infection?

Maybe: One of the common myths about the common cold is that any yellow or green mucous means there is a bacterial infection present. All viral upper respiratory infections (colds) can make yellow mucous even without bacteria. The predominant feature is time and change. If you have had a cold for longer than 7-10 days, or if suddenly you develop thicker mucous after seeming to get better, its possible. ...Read more

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What are signs of a bacterial sinus infection? Amoxicillian n amoxicillian clavute (sp?) isn't working. Sinus won't drain so no mucus. Been over a month.

What are signs of a bacterial sinus infection? Amoxicillian n amoxicillian clavute (sp?) isn't working. Sinus won't drain so no mucus. Been over a month.

Sinusitis: Hi, usually sinuses r filled with air in case of sinusitis the lining of sinuses become inflamed due to blockage 2/2 cold, allergy, nose problems like polyps. It seems u have a case of subacute sinusitis, if u r not improving then one should look into causes mentioned above, usually the treatment of acute sinusitis is decongestant, nose spray but if patient looks sick and has fever Antibiotics ...Read more

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I just recovered from a bacterial sinus infection. Now, I am having bad pain between my eyebrows, across my forehead, but no congestion or stuffiness.

I just recovered from a bacterial sinus infection. Now, I am having bad pain between my eyebrows, across my forehead, but no congestion or stuffiness.

Forehead Pain: Seems to be sinus congestion. Try OTC nasal irrigation. Also try Ibuprofen 600 mg every 6 hours when needed for pain or fever or headache. Can also try NyQuill or DayQuill. ...Read more

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If I had a bacterial sinus infection, could I still get inner ear infection?

If I had a bacterial sinus infection, could I still get inner ear infection?

No: They are two independent systems. If you are asking if you have a cold causing sinusitis could it also cause an inner ear problem such as vertigo, it might ...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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How come I always end up with a bacterial sinus infection after having any of my wisdom teeth extracted? Is this a complication?

How come I always end up with a bacterial sinus infection after having any of my wisdom teeth extracted? Is this a complication?

Not related: Acute sinusitis is most often caused by the common cold. Viral sinusitis typically lasts for 7 to 10 days. If concerned, see your PCP for consultation. ...Read more

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Can a sinus infection cause a foul smell in one side of the nose?

Sinus infection: Yes it can. You may try saline lovage for nasal toile ting. As your infection resolves, the odor will diminish as well. ...Read more

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Can sinus infection cause bad odor?

Sinusitis: Both acute sinusitis and chronic sinusitis can cause a change in your sense of smell. They can also cause bad breath. If your sense of smell is severely compromised, see an ent. ...Read more

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Musky smell in nose for months after a sinus infection. CT scan came back clear. Dr has no answer for the smell. Its a constant odor affecting smell.

Musky smell in nose for months after a sinus infection. CT scan came back clear. Dr has no answer for the smell. Its a constant odor affecting smell.

MayHaveToTakeALook: Absolutely weird things aside (like something wrong with the nerve for smell, or some kind of foreign body stuck up there, like tissue, cotton, or an alien implant)--then maybe there's what I call "shmutz" up there left over from the infection (the sinuses are notorious for not draining properly).You'd need a Smutzogram. But they are not available on this planet. Try a Neti Pot. Next, nasal endoscopy. ...Read more

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Can sinus infection cause a strange smell in the nose?

Can sinus infection cause a strange smell in the nose?

Sinus inf & smell: Sinus infections can definitely alter your sense of smell. First of all, with the thickening of the mucous membranes and the presence of extra thick mucous, your smell receptors in the nose don't work as well; and (2) if bacteria are present along with purulent drainage, the germs in this carry their own rather unpleasant odor. Sinus infections can also be a cause of bad breath. ...Read more

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Can sinus infection cause bad smell?

Definitely: Yes a sinus infection can definitely cause a bad smell in the nose. Some will describe it as a sweaty sock smell. ...Read more

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Can sinus infection cause random bad smell and light headiness?

Can sinus infection cause random bad smell and light headiness?

Sinusitis: Yes, intermittent alterations in odor and light headedness may occur with changes in the upper respiratory tract accompanying sinusitis, but before making the assumption that this is what is causing your symptoms you should be seen by an ENT doctor to be sure that something more severe is not in progress. Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Berry
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


Dr. Sheila Smith
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Sinusitis (Definition)

A condition caused by an inflammation or swelling of the tissue lining your sinuses. Acute sinusitis usually starts with coldlike symptoms such as a runny, stuffy ...Read more