Inflammation of the tissue lining the sinuses is called sinusitis. It can be caused by common cold, allergic rhinitis, nasal polyps, and deviated septum. The symptoms include runny nose, loss of smell, facial pressure, fever, bad breath, and dental pain.

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Why do I have a sharp pain on right side of the head?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 24 year old male. I started having intense, sharp, constant pain behind my right eye, right temple area and backside of the right side of my head. It started before three months for once a week for the first three weeks. Then, I started having the sharp pain the every other day. An...  Read Full »

Dr. Rajyaguru

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your symptoms well. Actually, what you have is cluster headache only. Your symptom profile fits into the classic description of cluster headache. The relief with antibiotics was a mere coincidence. The pain of sinusitis has totally different pattern than ...  Read Full »

Why am I getting repeated episodes of sore throat, nasal obstruction, and pain?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 25 year old female. I have been suffering from repeated episodes of a sore throat that includes nasal obstruction and pain in the throat. I was diagnosed by the treating doctor to have a DNS for left (on the basis of a CT scan) and now granular pharyngitis has been added. The f...  Read Full »

Dr. Mehak Agarwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Can you please share your CT scan reports here? If you have sinusitis, you will have a recurrent throat infection. Do you have symptoms of allergy like excessive sneezing, watering of eyes or itching of the throat? Do you have excessive acidity or do you smoke ...  Read Full »

I had pulsating headache, watery discharge from nose and pain in the ear. What could be the reason?

Query: Hello doctor, I had pulsating headaches in the temples of my head, and I often felt light-headed headaches. When I use a steamer, a thin watery mucus discharges from my nose, and I feel relaxed after steam inhalation. Also, when I close my eyes, I feel watery substances in my ear and ear pain. My ...  Read Full »

Dr. Penchilaprasad Kandikattu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. Probably you are suffering from a sinus headache with a eustachian tube block. So use steam inhalation thrice a day for five days. I would suggest the following: Nasivion (Oxymetazoline) nasal spray when required. ...  Read Full »

I have chronic sinusitis without polyps. Will my sense of smell eventually return or improve?

Query: Hello doctor, I was diagnosed with chronic sinusitis without polyps two years back. Then, I had congestion, pain, throbbing, postnasal drip, weak sense of smell and taste, dizziness, cough, tinnitus in my left ear, and eustachian tube dysfunction. My ENT (ear, nose, and throat specialist) gave me a...  Read Full »

Dr. Asiya Zaidi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Good to know that your symptoms have resolved. Most likely, you had an acute attack of sinusitis which has resolved now. I would advise you two things about your sense of smell. 1. Smell training videos can be found online. 2. Omega 3,6,9 tablets (especially omega 3)...  Read Full »

What could be the reason behind my persistent headache, swallowing tightness, and neck stiffness?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a headache, swallowing tightness and an odd feeling when putting the finger on the back of my tongue (not soreness), left shoulder blade ache, and nasal stuffiness. I cannot find out what the problem is. I have seen a gastro doctor, who has done two endoscopies. The second time wit...  Read Full »

Dr. Priyanka Aggarwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Please get an X-ray of the paranasal sinuses done and send me the picture. Are you taking any medicines?   Read Full »

I got a severe headache while flying. What is the cause?

Query: Hi doctor, I had a brain scan, as I had a severe headache when flying recently. The CT scan revealed the following images that I have attached. My GP is not sure what it is and has referred me to a specialist. The waiting period is a few weeks, so I am obviously concerned and stressed. Please, can y...  Read Full »

Dr. Mehak Agarwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The CT scan (attachment removed to protect patient identity) is suggestive of sinusitis. The images you have sent are not complete. Kindly send more images. With present images, you seem to have a frontal, maxillary, and sphenoid sinusitis, which is giving you headaches...  Read Full »

Why do I suffer from cold and runny nose every summer?

Query: Hi doctor, During every summer season, I suffer from a cold and runny nose. What can be the reasons?  Read Full »

Dr. Murad Haider

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your case does not seem to be serious. The terms rhinorrhea and rhinitis are often used to refer a runny nose, it refers to inflammation of nasal tissues due to a number of reasons, which are as follows. Acute sinusitis. Allergies. Chronic sinusitis. Ch...  Read Full »

Can Sinucon help with my nasal congestion?

Query: Hello doctor, I have nasal congestion and it gets worse at night. I have not slept in two days. I have been taking Sinucon but I am afraid of overtaking of medication.  Read Full »

Dr. B. Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to There is absolutely nothing that you need to worry about as this is a very common entity that we encounter daily. Before we jump into the treatment I want to definitely know the answers to a few questions. Is there any ongoing allergy or sinusitis? Does the nasal stuff...  Read Full »

Is it possible to avoid surgery in case of a nose block and enlarged nasal bone in my friend?

Query: Hi doctor, My friend has been diagnosed with acute sinusitis. He underwent CT scan of the sinuses and was recommended surgery due to blocked nose and enlargement of the nasal bone. Please recommend if surgery can be avoided. I have attached his CT scan report.  Read Full »

Dr. Divakara. P

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thanks for posting your query. I have seen the attached reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Surgery is not absolutely essential. A three weeks course of antibiotics along with nasal decongestants can be tried. Based on the relief from symptoms, the f...  Read Full »

Why do I have recurrent sinus and Candida infections?

Query: Hi doctor, I have had a sinus infection; before which, I had a viral infection. My doctor is saying that I have a Candida infection. I want to get rid of it. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Arpit Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. Candida and viral infections can be treated easily within seven days. There is nothing to worry about. But the main concern is the root cause as to why y...  Read Full »

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