Sinus Infections and Cough

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When we think of cough, most of us think that there could be a respiratory problem, a pulmonary problem. But there are many other causes of cough. In fact, one of the ones that can be often overlooked is sinus infections. Sinus infections actually can lead to cough, because what happens is there’s sinus fluid that builds up inside the sinuses, these little holes that we have in our head. They fill with fluid, and then start to drain. When they drain, that mucus-filled fluid goes to the back of the throat, and it tickles the throat, and that tickling can actually cause coughing.

 

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Early Diagnosis of Migraines Is Important

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As many as one out of five people suffer from migraine headaches. These headaches are usually quite severe and they are preceded by an aura, or a strange sensation, like a flashing of light or a strange smell. They’re often diagnosed as sinus headaches, tension headaches, or a variety of other types of head pain, but a new study out of Columbia and highlighted by the Journal of the American Medical Association is stressing the importance of early diagnosis. That’s because the cycle of a migraine can often be cut short through the use of drugs called Triptans. These medications are available in a wide variety of forms, including pills, inhalers, and even injections. Migraines can be unusual. They don’t always cause headaches, and they can actually cause a wide variety of symptoms from visual disturbances to stomach problems. Migraines need to be taken seriously. Clearly they are a problem that have to be dealt with.

 

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Causes of Throat Pain

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Throat pain is a problem if you’re someone who is using your voice on a regular basis, especially as you go through allergy season. Throat pain isn’t always a strep infection, it isn’t always pharyngitis. It can be a result of postnasal drip from the sinuses being congested. You get that fluid going in the back of your throat, and that actually can lead to discomfort and pain. There are many things that throat pain can be attributed to. Try to look into the throat and understand the cause.

Edema Can Cause Pain

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Edema is another word for a type of swelling.  With edema, you actually have an increase of pressure and that pressure can cause pain.  For instance, if you have edema in the sinus cavities, that edema can actually push against the wall of the skull indirectly through the sinus cavities.  If it does, you’ll actually feel pressure in that area.  Many times doctors are able to tell with their patients where the pressure is just by palpating, or pushing, that area and trying to find out where it occurs. 

 

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Dealing with Sinus Drainage

Dealing with Sinus Drainage

For people who suffer from sinus issues, one of the biggest problems is sinus drainage. The sinus drainage is something that you can’t ignore. Sinus drainage is what causes, in many cases, a lot of coughing and a lot of the frustrating buildup. When you have that, that sinus frustration is one of the things that actually gets people to be in a situation where they demand treatment. If you have sinus drainage, you also have to talk to your doctor about whether or not there’s a sinusitis or another issue at hand.

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Evaluating Ear Infections in Adults

Evaluating Ear Infections in Adults

Ear infections are something that’s seen commonly in a physician’s office, but when doctors see it in adults, they don’t worry necessarily about the ear infections as much as they do about sinus infections. That’s because if the sinuses are affected, it can actually cause increased pressure in the ears and that can lead to difficulty. Ear infections themselves are often treated with antibiotics, but in many cases they just have a viral cause. The virus doesn’t necessarily need antibiotic medicine. They can be treated symptomatically on their own.

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How Do You Know If You’re Having A Tension Headache?

How Do You Know If You’re Having A Tension Headache?

Tension headaches are frustrating, but they’re relatively easy to diagnose. Here’s what happens in a tension headache. People will say they have pain in the muscles of their head, like on the side of their head, or on the back of their head, but there’s a key warning sign. It gets worse as the day goes on, or as a stressful activity continues. So, if someone goes to a job that they feel is stressful, the headache gets worse as the day goes on. Tension headache could also be confused with sinus headache, and it can be confused with having a bad prescription in your glasses, but all of those things can be dealt with.

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