A 44-year-old female asked:
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had meningitis from bad sinus infection. cured, but does it mean i'll always immediately get it again if i get another sinus infection?

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Dr. Kristin Sokol
12 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Not necessarily: No, not necessarily. However, when you have the first signs of a sinus infection, you should see your doctor to get on the right treatments.
Answered on Apr 26, 2017
Dr. Corey Clay
10 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Unusual: Very unusual for a sinus infection to transform into meningitis. Some may recommend a careful evaluation for a defect in the bony lining of the sinus cavities that can transmit the infection, especially if this recurs. If found, the defect is repaired surgically
Answered on Jan 5, 2019

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