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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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I've been sick for over 3 weeks now. Last week prescribed Prednisone for sinusitis. Still sick. Low grade fever, headache, cough, achy, runny nose?

I've been sick for over 3 weeks now. Last week prescribed Prednisone for sinusitis. Still sick. Low grade fever, headache, cough, achy, runny nose?

What is the question: This is not a diagnosis that can be established long distance over the internet. You should be seen by an ENT doctor and provide a full history, undergo a physical exam and perhaps some labs and imaging studies if these seem necessary. Go and get evaluated. Good luck ...Read more

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Can you have chronic sinusitis without a stuffy nose? I have a lot of sinus pressure, runny nose, headache, post nasal drip, NO CONGESTION.

Yes: Sure that doesn't doing completely unreasonable- you could have maxillary or frontal sinusitis and this may not necessarily affect your nasal passage or make you stuffy . Hope that helps. ...Read more

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38. Constant sneezing bouts, runny nose, congestion 6+ mos. Tried most all allergy meds. No luck. Dry climate. Humidfier. Ent says no sinusitis. Next?

38. Constant sneezing bouts, runny nose, congestion 6+ mos. Tried most all allergy meds. No luck. Dry climate. Humidfier. Ent says no sinusitis. Next?

Allergy testing: If you have done like you said above and have taken your allergy medicines long enough and daily, not just pop a pill when you think you need to , then it is time to see an allergist for possible allergy testing and allergy shots.Most of the time we do shortcuts.Need to take allergy meds everyday till two weeks symptom free before you stop taking it altogether! that is why it is not working ...Read more

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I've been sick 4 times every month. Same thing stuffy/runny nose extremely sore throat an cough. Have had anti. For sinusitis no help. What will help?

I've been sick 4 times every month. Same thing stuffy/runny nose extremely sore throat  an cough. Have had anti. For sinusitis no help. What will help?

There are conditions: Dear shann, you will need the services of an ENT specialist to help figure out why you keep recurring with the same symptoms. There are conditions in which the immunological system is not competent....Meaning it does not have the ability to mount an immunoligical response to an attack from viruses and/or bacteria. ...Read more

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What respiratory conditions will affect PULMONARY HYPERTENSION? I suffer chronic sinusitis with runny nose and sneezing with chest pain,very long time

What respiratory conditions will affect PULMONARY HYPERTENSION? I suffer chronic sinusitis with runny nose and sneezing with chest pain,very long time

Pulmonary HTN (PH): Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH) IS a diagnosis, which describes the symptoms associated with high arterial pressure in the lungs. PAH is made worse by not wearing oxygen. There are many causes of PAH, including COPD or other chronic lung disease, multiple pulmonary embolisms (blood clots), recurrent pneumonia. Often it happens on its own - that's called primary PH or PPH. Treatment possible. ...Read more

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Can sinusitis cause brain swelling or a serous dealth problem i've been having a runny nose & watery eyes & lightheaded i'm worried?

Can sinusitis cause brain swelling or a serous dealth problem i've been having a runny nose & watery eyes & lightheaded i'm worried?

Sinus complications: All paranasal sinuses except maxillary have surfaces that directly abut the layers of bone separating them from the brain and its linings. Brain, epidural, & subdural abscesses & meningitis can all result from sinus infection, as well as thromboses of venous sinuses of the brain. Have seen all of these. Although infrequent they do occur. Roof of maxillary sinus is floor of the orbit of eye. ...Read more

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Is there is any difference between chronic sinusitis and chronic rhinitis?

Is there is any difference between chronic sinusitis and chronic rhinitis?

Yes: Chronic rhinitis is chronic drainage from the nose. It can be caused by allergy or a chronic sinus infection. It can also occur without allergy or a sinus infection. A chronic sinus infection is chronic inflammation of the sinuses which in turn may cause chronic rhinitis. ...Read more

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Dr said I have chronic sinusitis/allergic rhinitis. What's difference? She used terms interchangeably. What's best next step post-diagnosis?

Dr said I have chronic sinusitis/allergic rhinitis. What's difference? She used terms interchangeably. What's best next step post-diagnosis?

Linked but not same.: Allergic rhinitis (AR) occurs when you breathe in something to which you are allergic (indoor or outdoor allergens), and the inside of your nose becomes inflamed and swollen. Sinusitis is an inflammation of the lining inside the sinuses which can be acute or chronic. AR and sinusitis are linked to each other, because AR causes your nose to become blocked, and in turn blocks the sinuses. ...Read more

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Sinusitus with no runny nose, normal?

Possible: If the sinus openings are plugged, you may not have runny nose at all. In fact, most patients with chronic sinusitis don't have problem with a runny nose. ...Read more

Dr. Gregory Moneta
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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