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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. Neigatha Graney
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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 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 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 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

Dr. James Krick
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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. Thomas Klein
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Sinus Pain (Definition)

Sinus pain is a symptom in which a person has pain in the sinus spaces of the face. The sinuses are hollow spaces in the facial bones, with the largest spaces in each cheekbone and in the forehead. Sinus infections can cause sinus pressure, sinus pain, headaches, fever, cloudy ...Read more