I have snuffy running nose with a heacache. Could this mean I ettin a sinus infection?

Maybe. This symptoms could be seen either in a sinus infection (sinusitis) or nasal allergies (allergic rhinitis). If you can't name any environmental triggers of your symptoms and these symptoms persist despite some over the counter solutions, you should see your doctor.
Stuffy Nose & Pain. A sinus infection is associated with a stuffy, runny nose, usually after a common cold. If symptoms last longer than seven days, I would suspect a sinus infection. Headache may have many other causes than a sinus infection. A sinus infection is best described as a cold that does not go away after seven days.

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Can a person have a sinus infection and not really know it? I don't have running nose, but stuffy in morning with some blood and green mucus sometimes

Sinusitis? Without knowing exactly where the blood and green mucous is emanating from it is impossible to know if you have sinusitis. This is generally clinical diagnosis made by nasality of speech, pain and swelling over the sinuses, congestion and purulent nasal discharge. There may be headache, fever and redness, but to be sure where this is coming from see a doctor. Good luck.

Keep experiencing sensation of water up my nose @ diff. Times of the day and headaches. No recent cold, flu, sinus infection or any illness. Why?

Sinus spasms. It could be that your sinus passages are spasming which can happen from weather changes, dryness or just random spasms. Certain migraines can cause these kinds of symptoms. Try doing some sinus washing and see if that helps.

Past 3 days Wake up with thick dark yellow sometimes blood tinged nasal mucus. Nose is not running. On Nasacort (triamcinolone) for 1wk. Sinus Infection? Virus?

May be normal. Sinusitis is mostly caused by viruses. There is difficulty diagnosing bacterial sinusitis by symptoms alone but if symptoms are present >10 days, fever >102 with pus for first 3-4 days of symptoms or worsening of symptoms following viral infection - you may have a bacterial infection. Be careful to use nasacort (triamcinolone) appropriately as the irritation may also cause bleeding.

When can a simple sinus infection become something worse? Took bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) for 7 days, now excruciating headaches and awful smell in my nose.

Sinus Infection. Sinus infections are not always "simple". Causes can be a combination of bacteria, allergies, viruses, deviated septums, gerd, broken noses, polyps, tumors, foreign bodies, fungal infections, dental abscesses or fractures, hypothyroidism, lupus, sarcoidosis, diabetes and parasites. For more information see our website www. Nwnasalsinus. Com.
Decongestant. It is important to open the nasal passages so that pus cones out. Use a nasal decongestant.
Decongestants. Nasal decongestants can be quite addicting and can make things worse in some cases. See an ENT doc if your symptoms persist for a definitive diagnosis.
Smell concerning. The symptoms you describe are almost always the sign of something serious, especially after just completing a course of antibiotics. Consult an ENT for a thorough evaluation.

I think I might have a sinus infection. How effective are neti pots to clear up the infection? I have been having a lot of nasal discharge and headaches. My sister says she uses a neti pot to relieve sinus pressure. How effective are they and when should

Neti. Neti pots will relieve sinus pressure if performed properly, but they can cause problems. If you truly have a sinus infection, as opposed to seasonal sinusitis, you need to see your physician for a diagnosis and possibly antibiotic treatment.
A. A neti pot can help to cleanse the sinus/ nasal area. However, it will not cure an infection that is in place. If there are signs of infection, she should see her physician.
If. If symptoms are not improving or ameliorated within one week despite conservative measures such as a neti pot /sinus irrigation and decongestants, you probably should be seen. If the pain is progressing, or the drainage is purulent (malodorous and pus-like) you should be seen sooner for initiation of antibiotic therapy. A neti pot will not treat an infectious cause for sinonasal complaints, it merely removes particulate and secretory matter, and often affords symptomatic relief for mild congestive/inflammatory symptoms.

What do you take for over-the-counter sinus infection (no nasal spray) "I get headaches from them"?

Sinus Infection. If you really have a sinus infection there is nothing over the counter that will cure the infection. You need to be on antibiotics. If you have sinus drainage then products such as Mucinex (guaifenesin) are helpful.
Oral meds / Neti. Nothing really works well, but for intermittent congestion you could use an oral decongestant such as phenylephrine or pseudoephedrine. Talk to your pharmacist. Could also use nasal rinses or washes (Neti pot) or a nasal saline spray.