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Nasal discharge, light yellow, greenish discharge, chronic condition, foul smell. Treatment?

Hello Doctor, I am XXXXX, age 32, facing a problem of Nasal discharge since last 10 years or more. The mucus varies, sometime light yellow, yellow, greenish yellow. And at time it smells really really bad. I have shown it to several doctors but still the problem not gone. Please suggest if it is sinus infection . Thanks,XXXXX
Asked On : Thu, 13 Sep 2012
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Hi, welcome to healthcare magic

Rhinitis usually refer to symptoms related to the nose such as nasal discharge, nasal congestion, post nasal drip, sneezing
In sinusitis a person may experience facial pain, post nasal drip, headache,cough, fever,nasal discharge. Most persons have rhinitis and sinusitis combined.

Acute infections are those that last less than 4 weeks, if it lasts longer than that then it is called chronic.

Treatment would involve: avoiding any allergens that provoke the symptoms, use of antihistamines, use of an decongestant to releive the nasal congestion and runny nose, nasal sprays which also reduce the inflammation. In some persons if bacterial infection is suspected a short course of antibiotics may be required.

The antihistamines, nasal sprays and decongestants may be available over the counter in some areas but the antibiotics will require that you see a doctor for a prescription.

I hope this helps
Answered: Fri, 14 Sep 2012
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