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Will a dehumidifier help with my sinusitis?

Will a dehumidifier help with my sinusitis?

NO: A dehumidifier generally is not a good idea to help with sinusitis... It will dry your nasal secretions. Not a good thing. However, if you have a mold issue (and allergy) related to a damp basement... Then a de-humidifier may help.

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Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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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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Will an air purifier help with my sinusitis?

Will an air purifier help with my sinusitis?

It may: If you have allergies due to pollen, dust, or airbone particles, then an air purifier may help. A hepa grade filter system is best and it should be cleaned regularly. Once the airborne allergies are controlled, your sinuses may become easier to manage.

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Would a electronic cigarette help with my sinusitis and post nasal drip? Since it has steam

Would a electronic cigarette help with my sinusitis and post nasal drip? Since it has steam

Probably not: Electronic cigarettes are a completely unregulated product. The vapor they produce ranges from minor chemicals to being nearly as dangerous as regular cigarettes. First, make sure you take your sprays correctly, pointing them toward the side of the nose (toward the ear on the same side) and clean your nose thoroughly before you take the steroid. If not helpful, see and ENT or allergy specialist.

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What is sinusitis?

What is sinusitis?

Inflammation: Sinusitis is an inflammation of the sinuses (in your head and face). It can be caused by infection or allergies, but usually a virus. Antibiotics don't have benefit for most people with sinusitis (they usually resolve on their own in 10-14 days). Things like neti pots, Ibuprofen and decongestants help with the symptoms. Antibiotics used improperly just cause yeast infections and resistant bugs.

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What is sinusitis?

What is sinusitis?

Sinus infection: Sinus infections are caused by blockage of the sinus cavities. These may be bacterial or viral in nature. Symptoms include fevers, malaise, nasal congestion, & pressure in the face and cheek area. Depending on the cause and severity, treatments include nasal rinses, antibiotics and steroids.

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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.

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What causes sinusitis?

What causes sinusitis?

Various: There are many possible causes of sinusitis, including but not limited to infection, allergies, inflammatory disease, problems with the anatomy (shape) of the sinuses, even masses.

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How to cure sinusitis?

How to cure sinusitis?

Sinusitis Rx: Sinusitis is generally treated with oral antibiotics and decongestants. Since sinusitis is often triggered by uncontrolled allergies, antihistamines may also help. When using antihistamines during sinus or ear infections, adding guaifenesin +lots of water can help keep secretions thin to facilitate drainage.

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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.

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Can sinusitis be operated?

Can sinusitis be operated?

Yes: The most common indication for surgical intervention is for those patients who suffer from chronic or recurrent sinus infections and have failed medical management (antibiotics, nasal sprays, ± steroids). A ct scan performed after medical management maybe quite helpful in determining your candidacy for surgery.

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How can sinusitis be treated?

Simple to complex: Many sinus infections will resolve on their own. Simply using saline nasal spray and a topical decongestant may be all that is needed. For prolonged symptoms >10 days, you may need a course of antibiotics. For symptoms > 2-3 weeks, you may need antibiotics and steroids. For recurrent infections or chronic infections (symptoms > 3 months), surgery may be indicated. Allergies should be addressed.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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How long would sinusitis last?

Depends: If it clears uneventfully, maybe 7-10 days. However, it could last far longer if it fails to clear. This then becomes chronic sinusitis and demands additional therapy, possibly helped with surgery.

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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.

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What causes recurring sinusitis?

Anatomy or swelling: Simply put recurrent sinusitis can occur from 1) an anatomic abnormality that blocks the sinus from draining (like a deviated septum) 2) the lining to the sinuses may become inflamed and swell and close the sinus opening (this is usually related to allergy). Medical therapy is the first line treatment but many times, anatomic issues need to be addressed with surgery.

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What are the causes of sinusitis?

What are the causes of sinusitis?

Sinusitis: The common causes are bacteria and fungus. Patients with severe allergic rhinitis, severe septal deviation, nasal polyps, immunodeficiency, cystic fibrosis are prone to recurrent sinusitis.

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Do a lot of people get sinusitis?

Yes: It is one of the most common upper respiratory tract infections. Always starting with a virus, about 2% become secondary bacterial infections. Thus in the first 5-10 days an antibiotic should not be prescribed.

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What are the tests for sinusitis?

What are the tests for sinusitis?

Clinical and X-ray: Rhino-sinusitis has a number of clinical symptoms and signs. Yellow-green nasal discharge, pain or pressure under and between the eyes. Headache alone surprisingly is not that common. Post nasal drainage and cough are common. If these symptoms last for more than 10 days see an ENT doc. Cat scan is the gold standard for a diagnosis. But most acute symptoms are viral.

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