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Can Sinus Infection Cause Fainting
Fainting.: Usually not. If a person faints, he or she should be taken to the doctor. ...Read more
In anatomy, a sinus is a cavity within a bone or other tissue. Most commonly found in the bones of the face and connecting with the nasal cavities. Sinus (anatomy), description of the general term paranasal sinuses, air cavities in the cranial bones, especially those near the nose, including: the maxillary sinuses, also called the maxillary antra and the largest of the ...Read more
Everytime, I bend my head down it hurts. The pain is in the base of my head. Could this be caused by sinus infection?
The location of: The pain is not characteristic of pain from sinus infection. ...Read more
Have sinus infection. Experiencing loss of smell and taste. Is this common? What causes this & how long should I expect this?
I keep reading that it's rare for sinus infection to cause meningitis, but it happened to me. If it's so rare, how did it happen?
Rare: Rare conditions mean that they occur, just in a very small amount of patients. ...Read more
Lots of things: Anything that clogs the nose can block the sinuses. Common causes of nasal swelling include upper respiratory tract infections (colds) and allergies. Once the sinuses cannot drain, bacteria can accumulate in the sinuses and increase in large enough numbers to cause the symptoms of infection. The bacteria can come from various sources, including the nasopharyx and the adenoids that reside there. ...Read more
Bacterial vs. Viral: Typically bacterial or viral in origin. Viruses tend to resolve on their own in a few days (think of the common cold) whereas bacterial infections persist longer than a week and/or there's a "double-worsening" where one starts to feel better, and then the symptoms relapse. Antibiotics like Azithromycin and Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) are used to treat bacterial sinus infections. ...Read more
Definitely: Sinuses suround the eye socket. Infection or allergic symptoms can translate to tear film inconsistency resulting in visual blur. Fogginess is secondary to sinus congestion which impeeds lymphatic flow. Headaches can result. Decrease or better yet refrain from smoke environments. Humidifiers help. Good luck! ...Read more
Not always infection: Chronic sinusitis is symptoms persisting for three or more months. Symptoms are congestion, drainage, facial discomfort, reduced smell. Causes are bacterial, allergic, nonallergic inflammation, structural, dental, medication side effects, environmental, and from a systemic disorder. There is not an easy answer. Suggest ENT evaluation. ...Read more
Sinus Infections: Sinus infections may have multiple contributing factors in many patients. These include allergy, deviated septums, nasal polyps, under-treated previous infections, hypothyroidism, gerd, warts, tumors, viruses, etc. Ent sub-specialists often are often best qualified to sort all this out and formulate a treatment plan. ...Read more
Laying in bed, my 8 month old son kicked me in the side of the head. It hurt shorty. Should I be worried? Have to real hard blow to cause serious problems? Went to dr yesterday, have sinus infection.
Possibly: It's unlikely a baby that size would have caused damage but if you are having any problems see your doctor for evaluation. ...Read more
Antibiotics: Normal treatment of a sinus infection is a 7 day course of antibiotics, decongestants and drinking plenty of fluids. Nasal inhalation of steam and salt water irrigations can help alot as well. ...Read more
A sinus infection can mimic almost anything in the head.
My ENT doctor once told me, that the sinuses are very unforgiving, so do not miss any of the treatment instructions I give you. ...Read more
Unlikely: Unless the sinus infection becomes invasive and affects the vessels or erodes the skull, it cannot cause stroke. The chances of a sinus infection becoming invasive are very rare. ...Read more
Cause of sinus inf: For most people who get acute sinusitis it is caused by inflammation and thickening of the mucous membranes which block the very small openings of the sinuses and causes back of fluid, which is a great place for germs to grow. By far the most common causes are the ordinary cold and allergies. Regular sinus rinsing is probably the best preventive treatment. ...Read more
Sinusitis: Yes, intermittent alterations in odor and light headedness may occur with changes in the upper respiratory tract accompanying sinusitis, but before making the assumption that this is what is causing your symptoms you should be seen by an ENT doctor to be sure that something more severe is not in progress. Good luck. ...Read more
Viral: The overwhelming majority of sinus infections are viral in nature, and are self-limited. They are not really preventable, as the viruses are everywhere. ...Read more
If sinus infection isn't passed to one another, how do you get one to begin with? Isn't it caused by germs?
CDC. Gov: The sinuses are hollow bones that drain. Allergies, the common cold, or anatomical issues can block the drainage for example of the osteomeatal complex that drains the maxillary sinuses. Then fluid and pressure can build up and brew viral bacterial or even fungal infections. Acute Bacterial Rhinosinusitis gets treated with Flonase intranasal steroid to open up and Amoxicillin/Augmentin per IDSA. ...Read more
Can a sinus infection cause your whole head to throb? Also will it throb worse if you are doing physical activities, like lifting things?
Yes but headaches: Can have other causes, such migraines and even severe problems, such as brain tumors or brain bleeds. Other symptoms of sinus infections include nasal blockage, drainage in the front of the nose or back in the throat, and altered smell. A complete medical evaluation would be recommended for persistent throbbing in the head. ...Read more
It can: The olfactory (smell) nerve fibers are located in the upper nose in a small area. Swelling from infection can block the smell molecules from getting uo to the olfactory nerve fibers. This is usually temporary. Also, certain viruses can directly damage the olfactory nerve fibers sometimes causing permanent anosmia. ...Read more
Stress can trigger: A seizure in susceptible individuals. Those seizure patients that comply with their treatment routine & have good medicine levels should be able to tolerate most simple stresses like a fever or a sinus infection. Breakthrough during a simple infection calls for a revision in the treatment plan. ...Read more
It could: When the sinuses are inflamed, the nasal tissue swelling will increase when lying flat. Other nasal conditions such as inferior turbinate hypetrophy can behave the same way. I would recommend visiting an ENT physician. ...Read more
Yes.: Your nose may be blocked with secretions. ...Read more
I am on amoxicillin (875 mgs) for a sinus infection and after taking it, I can't help but feel really tired. Can the medication cause this?
Fatigue: Any medications may have very mild or significant side effects. Serious side effects such as anemia, liver or kidney toxicity may in turn cause significant fatigue. Infection by itself can make you feel tired also. See your doctor for screening blood work if your fatigue symptoms persist or worsen dramatically ...Read more
Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more