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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    What is the difference between staph and sinusitis?

    I have been told I have staph in my nose. I also have chronic sinusitis, what is the difference and what is staph?

    Thank you, I look forward to hearing from you.
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    Dr David McIntosh

    Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) Surgeon

    David McIntosh is an Australian trained ENT surgeon with international experience. His areas of interest are paediatrics, nose and sinus disease, and providing access to … View Profile

    Staph is a short-cut way of medical people saying Staphylococcus, which is a type of bacteria that is very common and of which there are many types of varying relevance and importance. The relevance of this finding in your nose and that you have sinusitis can't be answered in this forum as there are way to many variables at play to even start to begin providing more relevant professional advice. About as much as can be said is that sinusitis is an inflammatory condition of the sinuses and this can be due to many causes, including infection. If your health and well being are compromised then you need treatment from your GP and otherwise need to see an ENT sinus specialist. 

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