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What is the difference between sinusitis and rhinitis?

What is the difference between sinusitis and rhinitis?

Inflame vs infect: Rhinitis is inflammation of the nose while sinusitis is inflammation of the sinuses. Both can be caused by either bacteria or viruses. Both can be caused by allergy or dysfunction of the nose or sinuses cause by chemicals or pollution. Both present differently depending on their cause. Infectious sinusitis can lead to inflammatory rhinitis. Infectious rhinitis can lead to inflammatory sinusitis. ...Read more

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Dr. Corey Clay
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Rhinitis (Definition)

This is a symptomatic disorder of the nose characterized by inflamed nasal mucosa. Groupings of rhinitis exist triggered by infection, allergy, non-allergic triggers/exposure, meds, immune disorder, and/or structural problems in the nose. Symptoms can include itching, sneezing, congestion, watery/mucoid drainage, post-nasal drainage with sore throat, ear ...Read more


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What is the difference between chronic sinusitis and rhinitis?

What is the difference between chronic sinusitis and  rhinitis?

Nose vs. sinuses: Rhinitis is inflammation of the nasal passages, while sinusitis is inflammation of the sinuses around the nasal passages ... ...Read more

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My wife have runny nose for a long long time, is it a sinusitis already? How to cure?

My wife have runny nose for a long long time, is it a sinusitis already? How to cure?

Allergic Rhinitis?: Allergic rhinitis is commonly associated with running nose on a triggered basis, also post-nasal drip can be a result of this. Sinusitis on the other hand though can tract into rhinosinusitis is usually caused by congestive mucus build up into the the sinus tracts. A trial of anti-histamines such as claritin/zyrtec can help in addition to prescription nasal steroids/antihistamines, and allergist. ...Read more

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Please let me know if there is any other diagnose for nonstop runny nose (+/- 7months) except allergic & sinusitis for a child 3.5yo?

Please let me know if there is any other diagnose for nonstop runny nose (+/- 7months) except allergic & sinusitis for a child 3.5yo?

Yes: If on both sides , a condition called vasomotor rhinitis exists.Essentially the nose runs due to some environmental irritant that we can not identify or are aware of such as cigarette smoke. ...Read more

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I have samter's triad. My nose is runny all the time. Is this because of chronic sinusitis? How to treat runny nose?

I have samter's triad. My nose is runny all the time. Is this because of chronic sinusitis? How to treat runny nose?

Samter's triad: Samter’s triad is a pseudo-allergy. It produces allergy-like symptoms but via a different mechanism. Aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) block an enzyme called cyclo-oxygenase1 (COX1); this is thought to lead to an excess of substances called leukotrienes, which produce the severe allergy-like effects. Treatment is often with corticosteroids. See an ENT doctor. ...Read more

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I have a horrible forehead headache with no sinus issues but the dr said its sinusitis. Is this possible with no runny nose or congestion?

I have a horrible forehead headache with no sinus issues but the dr said its sinusitis. Is this possible with no runny nose or congestion?

Sinusitis?: An unusual comment! Did your doctor give you any medication to take and if so did it work. If the doctor did not give you any medication, find another doctor! Start with a visit to the nearest Emergency facility. ...Read more

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My son is 9 years old has a history of sinusitis and allergies he has been up for 24 hours with sneezing and runny nose, could it be a sinus infection?

My son is 9 years old has a history of sinusitis and allergies he has been  up for 24 hours with sneezing and runny nose, could it be a sinus infection?

Not Benadryl (diphenhydramine): There are far better AND SAFER antihistamines which will not make him dopey. Claratin, Allegra, and Zyrtec are less expensive if you look for the generics. OTC NASACORT (triamcinolone) is more effective, can be used with antihistamine or by itself. Antibiotics are not appropriate unless there is fever and pain. ...Read more

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Dr. Payam Mehranpour
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Sinusitis (Definition)

Sinusitis is inflammation of the ...Read more