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Why do sinus infections have an odor?

Why do sinus infections have an odor?

Sinus infection odor: Sinus infections can have an odor from the infected material (pus) in the nose and sinus passages. Inflammation of the nasal lining during the course of an infection may alter one's sense of smell so that most thing smell unpleasant. The sense of taste may be altered as well. ...Read more

Dr. John Landi
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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 causes sinus infections?

What causes sinus infections?

Sinus infections: Colds and flues, allergies, deviated nasal septums and even gerd can contribute to sinusitis. If you get frequent infections see your ENT to sort out the causes. Effective treatments are possible... ...Read more

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Are sinus infections contaigous?

Are sinus infections contaigous?

No: Most sinuses infections are caused by viral upper respiratory infections. The viruses are contagious, the bacterial sinus infection that results is far less contagious. ...Read more

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How do you cure sinus infections?

How do you cure sinus infections?

See an ENT doc!: Sinus infections are frequently caused by allergies or the inability of the sinus to drain properly. If the sinus isn't draining properly, and this is the sole reason for your chronic infections, the ENT surgeon will often make the draining hole of the sinus larger. This allows adequate drainage of the sinus which greatly reduces the number of infections. Keep smiling! ...Read more

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What to take for sinus infections?

What to take for sinus infections?

Multiple options: Sinus infections occur when the nose is blocked. Antibiotics may be required. However, the runny or blocked nose is caused by chemical mediators like histamine or leukotrienes. So taking antihistamines like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and loratidine (claritin) help block the chemical mediators your body produces and helps stop the symptoms. Nasal saline sprays, decongestants, steroid nose sprays can help as well. ...Read more

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What to do about sinus infections?

What to do about sinus infections?

Consult your Doctor: Sinuses are air filled spaces that surround the nasal cavity, if infection gets in theses cavities than you have sinus infection. If you have sinus infection you need to see your doctor to make sure you have sinus infection and if so, you will need to be treated with proper course of antibiotics. So consult your doctor. ...Read more

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What is cure acute sinus infections?

What is cure acute sinus infections?

Quinolones: In some cases, the antibiotic Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) will work. In severe cases, the quinolone antibiotics such as Avelox or Levaquin are indicated. Keep smiling! ...Read more

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Does flounase work for sinus infections?

Does flounase work for sinus infections?

Not really: Flonase works for allergies. A very stuffy nose can lead to a sinus infection and Flonase might help prevent that. But studies have shown no benefit from inhaled steroids like Flonase once you already have an infection. ...Read more

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Why is IV drip used for sinus infections?

Why is IV drip used for sinus infections?

In severe cases: Iv antibiotics are used in cases where the oral medication is either not available or not effective. If the infection is cultured and the organism is sensitive only to IV medications then that is the only therapy. ...Read more

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Why do sinus infections make you feel badly?

Sinus symptoms: Any infection will tend to make one feel bad, fatigued, etc. Specific symptoms with sinusitis include facial pain, upper teeth pain, headache, nasal congestion, fever, drainage and sore throat. ...Read more

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What to do with sinus infections that won't go away?

What to do with sinus infections that won't go away?

Need Antibiotics: .If you have sinus infection you need to see your doctor to make sure you have sinus infection and if so, you will need to be treated with proper course of antibiotics. You may need to be treated with a longer course or different antibiotics some times as ling as four to six weeks and decongestants to drain the mucus. ...Read more

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What are some good home remedies for sinus infections?

Sinusitis: You can irrigate the sinuses with a rinse via a netti-pot, you can use a decongestant like pseudoephedrine, there may be nasal steroid sprays, and antiinflammatories. If, however, you develop facial pain and swelling, fever, headache, persistence of other symptoms please go see a doctor asap. Sinus infections can have major complications. ...Read more

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How come I keep on getting sinus infections so frequently?

How come I keep on getting sinus infections so frequently?

Aperature of sinus: Many people get sinus infections due to allergies. However, chronic rhinosinusitis is often caused by the inability of the sinus to properly drain. This leads to infections. If the sinus is unable to drain properly, then bacteria is unable to escape the confines of the sinus. A procedure commonly performed to aid in sinus draining is to widen the ostium (drainage hole) in the sinus. Keep smiling! ...Read more

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For what length of time do sinus infections take to go away?

For what length of time do sinus infections take to go away?

10-14 days: Most acute sinus infections are viral and can get better on their own in 10-14 days. If they last longer, then you may need an antibiotic for a bacterial infection. Infections can become chronic with fluctuating symptoms that can be prolonged. ...Read more

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I never used to get sinus infections. Why do I get them now?

I never used to get sinus infections. Why do I get them now?

? Allergies: I'd bet you've developed some allergies that are either making you think it's a sinus infection or setting you up for one. ...Read more

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I get sinus infections way too frequently now how can I stop them?

Recurrent sinusitis: Assuming you have periods of complete relief between your sinus infections (meaning not a chronic lingering infection) then you likely have nasal allergies likely predisposing the problem. If you can get the allergies under control, you will significantly reduce your recurring sinus infections. If allergies are not the culprit, then try a daily regimen of nasal saline irrigations for hygiene. ...Read more

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Dr. Sandra Eleczko
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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


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Sinus Pain (Definition)

Sinus pain = discomfort in cavities in the head & face. This may be due to congestion or infection of the sinuses. See this article on sinus ...Read more