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Dr. Harinder Gill
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Sinus (Definition)

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


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Had meningitis last year caused by sinuses, treated/cured. I believe now have sinus infection but couldn't get appt for 5 days away. Too long to wait?

Had meningitis last year caused by sinuses, treated/cured. I believe now have sinus infection but couldn't get appt for 5 days away. Too long to wait?

Urgent care: Go to urgent care immediately or ER now. Obtain expert ENT evaluation of your sinuses ASAP. If you lost full history I am amendable to starting you on antibiotics immediately if you have pressure and signs of infection and live in New York. Good luck.

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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?

Had meningitis from bad sinus infection. Cured, but does it mean I'll always immediately get it again if I get another sinus infection?

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

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Think I may have a sinus infection and if I do then I've had it for a while now, how rare is it to get meningitis from this? I'm so scared

Think I may have a sinus infection and if I do then I've had it for a while now, how rare is it to get meningitis from this? I'm so scared

Rare: The germs that cause meningitis can use the nasal membranes as an entry point. The aggressive germ will usually do this rapidly (within hours), not after sitting around & triggering a sinus infection. If you had a previous brain injury & were leaking spinal fluid into your nose this would be a expected complication. Your ability to slow down the germ & have it linger in your sinuses makes it unlikely

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What are the chances that an untreated sinus infection would turn into meningitis?

Rare: Most meningitis actually comes on as an initial event. The germ may enter through the nasal passages, but it would be rare for anyone with a sinus infection to transform into meningitis.

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What's the likelihood of getting meningitis from a potentially untreated sinus infection of one month?

None, if: The infection hasn't entered the blood or eroded through the skull into the intracranial space. To do the latter, it would have to be a pretty nasty bug. Believe me, you'd know about it.

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With prev. Question: is it meningitis? I had symptoms of it for three days before the sinus infection symptoms kicked in. Bulging disc a risk factor?

With prev. Question: is it meningitis? I had symptoms of it for three days before the sinus infection symptoms kicked in. Bulging disc a risk factor?

Not enough info: None of the symptoms you describe suggest meningitis. However, if you do have a severely stiff neck, sensitivity to light, fevers and/or mental status changes, go to the er immediately.

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Recovered from meningitis last year, told from sinuses. Bad sinus infection that lasted for months prior to it, is this possible connection?

Yes: Yes it is possible for a bad sinus infection to lead to meningitis. The bacteria from the sinus infection can enter the bloodstream and move on to the brain and spinal cord. I am pleased you have recovered. Best of luck with your health!

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I had meningitis from sinuses and treated. What are chances of getting sinus infection again that turns into meningitis? How to monitor this?

I had meningitis from sinuses and treated. What are chances of getting sinus infection again that turns into meningitis? How to monitor this?

ENT consult: You should definitely pursue an ENT consult to scope your turbinates and evaluate you. If you have allergic rhinitis keep your allergies under control intranasal steroids/SLIT and consider other modalities such as saline rinses, and monitor for any signs of sinusitis and seek prompt intervention. Your ENT will offer you suggestions and your PCP may refer you to an allergist as well if indicated.

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I've had a sinus infection for two weeks now, and just got a prescription today. Are the odds pretty low to get meningitis? Idk if I'm vaccinated.

Unlikely: It is relatively common for a sinus infection to be ongoing for 2 wks prior to treatment and rare for it to convert to meningitis. Most meningitis is aggressive and will progress over a period of hours from first symptoms to full blown disease.

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How would I know if I had meningitis? Have had sinus infection. Now my face and top of head hurts. No fever or nausea. Should I be worried? Lots of pressure in head.

No meningitis: Meningitis is an inflammation of the lining of the brain which can spread to the brain at times (encephalitis). Head pain alone, specially if constant and moderate grade is far from meningitis. Severe neck stiffness, fever, nausea, altered mentation, confusion and disorientation.... These are the symptoms you would worry about.

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Nauseous, headache, achy all over, terrible ear pain. Saw pcp. Said sinus infection. Symptoms for 2 weeks. Meningitis? No fever no vomiting

Nauseous, headache, achy all over, terrible ear pain. Saw pcp. Said sinus infection. Symptoms for 2 weeks. Meningitis? No fever no vomiting

Meningitis: Unlikely meningitis. Meningitis is usually viral or bacterial. Sensitivity to light, fever, chills, severe headache, and neck stiffness are classic signs. A lumbar puncture and analysis of the cerebrospinal fluid will help make the diagnosis. Your primary medical doctor may refer you to a neurologist or neurosurgeon for evaluation if the sinusitis does not resolve with treatment.

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Saw urgent care doc for HA & neck pain, r/o sinusitis & viral meningitis. Doc told me to rest. Took Flonase for sinus, HA still persist. What do I do?

Saw urgent care doc for HA & neck pain, r/o sinusitis & viral meningitis. Doc told me to rest. Took Flonase for sinus, HA still persist. What do I do?

Headache: Would stay for some time if it is sinusitis, Flonase alone might not help, also viral meningitis headache might still be the cause, although with absence of fever is rare, neck pain could be due to pharyngitis as well, you need a second opinion, it's your right and no offense to the first evaluating doctor, diseases change course and evolve with time

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Can an MRI show meningitis in the brain? What about sinusitis or any sinus inflammation?

Yes: A MRI can show meningitis as enhancement on a contrast study of the brain. As well sinusitis and sinus disease will often show up.

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Having what feels like sinus headache. Can breath through nose just fine. Drainageclear, sinus rinse is clear. Sinusi nfection meningitis? I'm worried

Having what feels like sinus headache. Can breath through nose just fine. Drainageclear, sinus rinse is clear. Sinusi nfection meningitis? I'm worried

No fever?: Probable viral URI. I suggest the following: Force fluids x 8-10 glasses/day: 50% electrolyte rich fluids, 50% clear broth, bullion, consume. Warm water gargles, nasal saline mist, hot tea and honey, Hot steam showers, Cold-Eze Lozenges, Tylenol 1-2 TABLETS every 4-6 hours as needed for fever greater than 100. Tea with dark brown honey OK to use Robitussin DM 1-2 tsp. Every 4-6 hrs. As needed.

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I have a sinus infection but now starting to feel very week and tired. What going on with me cause it making me feel very depress?

I have a sinus infection but now starting to feel very week and tired. What going on with me cause it making me feel very depress?

Several options: May be getting less sleep. Inflammation from infection can make fatigued. If low temp and low blood pressure then may be inadequate adrenal gland response. If allergy present can also cause fatigue and decreased mental performance.

Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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Infection (Definition)

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


Dr. William Singer
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Meningitis (Definition)

A condition in which the membrane surrounding the brain and spinal cord becomes inflamed. Symptoms include headaches, fever, stiff neck, and a sensitivity to light. There are two primary types of ...Read more