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Doctor insights on: Why Is Mastoiditis More Harmful Than Sinusitis

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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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


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Who treats sinusitis?

Who treats sinusitis?

Sinusitis: Hello. Any doctor or physician extender such as a nurse practitioner or physician assistant can treat sinusitis. An ENT doctor is a specialist in sinonasal disorders who can treat sinusitis with aggressive medicine or possibly with surgery. ...Read more

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Does mastoiditis recur?

Does mastoiditis recur?

Possible: Yes it can recur. Any infection in the body has the potential to reoccur. Please have your doctor evaluate you if there are any signs of pain, swelling, redness, warmness, fever or chills. ...Read more

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How common is sinusitis?

How common is sinusitis?

Common: Sinusitis... Bacterial infection of the sinuses affects about 34 million people a year. Conservative medical treatment handles the vast majority of cases. At times surgical procedures like endoscopic sinus surgery or newer balloon technologies are used to open diseased sinuses. ...Read more

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How does mastoiditis spread?

See below: Untreated mastoiditis can spread to the brain leading to meningitis or brain abcess which can be fatal. The specialty of ENT was created prior to the discovery of penicillin and at that time mastoidectomy is the only life saving treatment! ...Read more

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Best medicine for sinusitis ?

Best medicine for sinusitis ?

Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate): There are a variety of antibiotics that can be used to treat sinusitis, so there isn't one best answer. My preferred choice for acute bacterial sinusits (with fever, pain and tenderness over the sinuses) is Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) for anyone who is not allergic to penicillin. A two week course of treatment is needed, because sinus infections can be difficult to cure completely. ...Read more

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How serious can sinusitis be?

Sinusitis : It depends on it is severity , but u can treat it if u see u ENT physician. ...Read more

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How to cure sinusitis problem?

How to cure sinusitis problem?

See below: Most sinusitis will resolve without any specific treatment. Topical (neosynephrine) or oral (pseudephedrin) decongestants and saline nasal sprays give symptomatic relief. For severe or intractable infections appropriate antibiotic treatment is indicated. ...Read more

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How can sinusitis be diagnosed?

By History: Most sinus infections are diagnosed by the history. Typically, if you have a "cold" that lasts for more than 7-10 days... It's most likely a sinus infection. If you see your ENT he can use a camera to look in your nose to confirm the diagnosis. A ct scan can also be helpful as well. ...Read more

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What can be done for mastoiditis?

Antibiotics or surge: Antibiotics will be the first line of treatment for any infection, but is the infection does not clear up surgery will be needed. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have sinusitis?

How do I know if I have sinusitis?

CAT scan: I know that a good nasal examination that demonstrates pus in the lateral wall of the nose strongly suggests sinusitis. The yellow material should be cultured before an antibiotic is prescribed. You will know if you have sinusitis if you have yellow-green nasal discharge and pressure in the face and between the eyes. Chronic sinusitis (greater than 90 days) is best diagnosed with a CAT scan. ...Read more

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I continuously get sinusitis help!?

I continuously get sinusitis help!?

I would consult with: An ear/nose/throat specialist to get to the bottom of this chronic problem. ...Read more

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What can be done for mastoiditis ?

What can be done for  mastoiditis ?

Depends: Acute mastoiditis can be treated with myringotomy and tube placement on the ipsilateral ear drum to allow drainage. Antibiotic given intravenously, by mouth and/or via antibiotic drops are commonly used depending on how ill the patient is. Mastoidectomy can be performed in patient not responding to the aforementioned treatment. ...Read more

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Who is qualified to treat sinusitis?

Who is qualified to treat sinusitis?

PCP, ENT, Allergy: Your primary care doctor is a good place to start. They may need you to see an ENT or an allergist if you have any complications or issues related to your sinus infections. ...Read more

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I keep getting sinusitis..Help please?

I keep getting sinusitis..Help please?

ENT consult: Recurrent sinusitis may indicate the possible need for surgical intervention beacuase after each attack scar tissue may form so sisnuses cannot f]drain normally.Sometimes a change in antibiotics may releive sinusitis. Nasal sprays , decongestants and allergy control may reduce recurrences, . ...Read more

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What are common sinusitis complications?

What are common sinusitis complications?

Relatively uncommon: Complications of acute sinusitis include meningitis, brain abscess, visual loss. Probably more common with untreated acute sinusitis is chronic sinusitis, which is chronic nasal drainage, nasal congestion, sinus pressure. ...Read more

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Could I have mastoiditis? How do I tell?

See MD ASAP: If you have any concern about this as a possibility, please see an md asap! ...Read more

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What are the best remedies for sinusitis?

What are the best remedies for sinusitis?

Sinus Remedies: Sinusitis is caused by inflammation of the nose and sinus passages in almost all occasions. Antihistamines, nasal decongestants, and antibiotics, if symptoms persist beyond ten days, are helpful. If infections recur, suspect an allergy or irritant, such as acid reflux or smoke. Anatomy may also play a role. Frequent infections? Go see an ear, nose and throat doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Joshua Gottschall
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Mastoiditis (Definition)

An infection that affects the mastoid bone, ...Read more