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Can Sinus Infection Cause Meningitis
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
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
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 from bad sinus infection. Cured, but does it mean I'll always immediately get it again if I get another sinus infection?
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 ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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?
Can u get sinus infection in 1 day? Just exposed to sick kids. Next day stuffy and felt like a cold. Scared cuz I had meningitis from sinuses before.
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
I've had a cold for a little bit now and have nausea, drowsiness, sensitivity to light and plus symptoms of a sinus infection is it viral meningitis?
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. ...Read more
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 ...Read more
Having what feels like sinus headache. Can breath through nose just fine. Drainageclear, sinus rinse is clear. Sinusi nfection meningitis? I'm worried
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. ...Read more
I've been suffering with sinus infection on antibiotics have now developed neck pain but no fever could it be meningitis?
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
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?
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
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
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
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