Nose Infection is any infection that is associated with the nose. Common nose infections are sinusitis, rhinitis, and others. They may be caused by bacteria, viruses or fungi. Symptoms of Nose Infection are:
• Stuffy nose
• Runny nose
• Inflammation of nasal passages
• Facial pain
• Loss of smell
• Upper teeth pain
• Mucus drainage
• Bad breath
HOW IS NOSE INFECTION DIAGNOSED?
The doctor may view the sinuses through a fiberoptic scope (called nasal endoscopy or rhinoscopy) to diagnose sinusitis. This is often done by doctors who specialize in ear, nose, and throat problems (ENTs). Other tests may include:
• Allergy testing
• Blood tests for HIV or other tests for poor immune function
• Ciliary function test
• Nasal culture
• Nasal cytology
• Sweat chloride tests for cystic fibrosis
HOW IS NOSE INFECTION TREATED?
For sinusitis caused by virus infection, no antibiotic treatment is required. Frequently recommended treatments include pain and fever medications. Acute sinus infection from bacteria is usually treated with antibiotic therapy aimed at treating the most common bacteria known to cause sinus infection, since it is unusual to be able to get a reliable culture without aspirating the sinuses. Steroid drops can help to lessen the inflammation (swelling) in the sinuses.
DID YOU KNOW?
Nose Infection can be treated with lifestyle changes like quitting smoking.