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is it possible to die from a sinus infection?

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Dr. Dale Tylor
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
Unlikely, but not no: It would be very rare. Certain bacterial sinus infections can spread to the eye (and then to the brain) or from the sinus to the brain itself, which would be potentially life threatening. Some invasive fungal infections (typically only affecting people with severe immune compromise) can also be fatal. Most sinus infections are just hassles and not a risk to your life.

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Can you die from a sinus infection?

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Dr. Michael Ein
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Unlikely: Millions of people get sinusitis. Most recover without any treatment needed. Severe or prolonged cases are treated with antibiotics. Very rarely sinusitis can lead to meningitis or cavernous sinus thrombosis which can be life threatening.

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