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Can sinusitis cause sepsis?

Can sinusitis cause sepsis?

Possible.: If a sinusitis leads to an infection, an infection could progress to sepsis. ...Read more

Dr. William Walsh
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Septic Shock (Definition)

Septic shock. Sepsis occurs when an infections enters & is spread through the bloodstream, potentially causing a marked drop in blood pressure with potential for stroke, heart or ...Read more


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Is there any consensus in the cause of chronic sinusitis being related to molds as a 1990's study showed? I have a postnasal drip 24/7.

Allergies: So there is a good consensus at this time that chronic sinusitis is caused by inflammation of the lining of the nose and sinuses that often leads to sinus infections with bacterial build-up. This inflammation can be caused be anything that inflames the nasal and sinus mucosa, like allergies to mold, dust, animal dander etc., smoking, toxic fumes, viral illnesses, inhaled drugs, and others. ...Read more

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What is the cause of sinusitis in general?

What is the cause of sinusitis in general?

Drainage: Sinus health is all about drainage - if they can drain, they'll be fine. When swelling associated with allergies or either a bacterial or viral infection advances enough to interfere with sinus drainage, they can get infected, and pressure can build up into a sinus headache. Once the swelling goes down to the point the sinuses can drain again, they'll heal. ...Read more

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Can sinusitis cause toothaches?

Can sinusitis cause toothaches?

Yes: Swelling of the sinus can cause pressure on the roots of the upper molars. ...Read more

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What bacteria cause sinusitis?

What bacteria cause sinusitis?

Many different ones: Acute sinusitis is usually caused by some bacteria and chronic sinusitis is often cause by different ones. Oftentimes the infection may have more than one bacteria. The exact bacteria isn't generally important in acute sinusitis, as they usually respond well to typical antibiotics. If you have chronic sinusitis your ENT may recommend a culture of your nose to further investigate things. ...Read more

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What are the causes of acute sinusitis?

Multiple causes: Usually a normal cold or flu (upper respiratory infection) which is caused by a virus after 5 days or so causes the sinus openings to block up and then bacteria develop within the sinuses causing an acute sinusitis. This then requires treatment via oral antibiotics and decongestants. However chronic smoking and allergies can also block up the sinus openings leading to an infection as well. ...Read more

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Can sinusitis cause a sore bottom jaw?

Can sinusitis cause a sore bottom jaw?

Not really: Lower jaw or dental pain would be unusual for sinusitis. Upper jaw pain however may be a symptom of sinusitis. ...Read more

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Does sinusitis cause body aches, neck pain and facial pain?

Does sinusitis cause body aches, neck pain and facial pain?

Yes: Sinusitis can definitely cause those symptoms, but more often those symptoms may be causing the sinus pain. ...Read more

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Can sinusitis cause blurred vision and sensitivity to light?

Sinusitis: No. You may have one of the major but rare complications of sinusitis with extension of infection into the central nervous system, either as a brain abscess or other infection of the spaces created by the linings of the brain. You should be seen immediately by a doctor and will probably undergo emergency imaging studies and consultation with an ophthalmologist and possibly an infect dis expert. ...Read more

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Can chronic maxillary sinusitis cause drowsiness, foggy feeling?

Can chronic maxillary sinusitis cause drowsiness, foggy feeling?

Maxillary Sinusitis: Greetings. Yes, chronic sinusitis can indeed cause fatigue, drowsiness and feeling like you are "in a fog". Our immune system is stressed with a sinus infection and thus is weakened. Over the counter saline nasal/sinus rinse 2-3 x/day the follow your evening dose with a steroid nasal spray as directed. This will help reduce inflammation. If after 5 days, your still ill, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Can chronic sinusitis cause asthma and/or depression? If yes, how?

Can chronic sinusitis cause asthma and/or depression? If yes, how?

Yes and No. Yes and: Sinusitis cannot cause Asthma but it can be a stress. Any chronic stress can cause depression. Asthma is a tricky illness. Temperature changes can bring on an asthma attack in someone with asthma. I am sure if you have asthma stress can bring on an attack but not cause asthma. ...Read more

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Can allergies cause pressure in head/nose area that resembles sinusitis?

Can allergies cause pressure in head/nose area that resembles sinusitis?

Yes.: An allergy med with a decongestant can help Some if there are kept begin the pharmacy counter. ...Read more

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Can post nasal drip or sinusitis cause a cough that produces a lot of mucous?

Can post nasal drip or sinusitis cause a cough that produces a lot of mucous?

Yes: The cough is likely due to irritation at the back of the throat and the mucous is likely drainage from the sinuses. ...Read more

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Is it true that chronic sinusitis flare up would cause only minor increase in the WBC of a cbc?

Yes: Chronic sinusits is just that, chronic. One could have this condition and not have a response of raising the white blood cell count. The body is handling the infections on a chronic basis and does not respond by sending out the numbers of white cells to raise the total circulating count. ...Read more

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Swollen tastebuds on tongue, I have a head cold and sever sinusitis... can that cause it??? I'm worried

Swollen tastebuds on tongue, I have a head cold and sever sinusitis... can that cause it??? I'm worried

Viral infection: Various upper respiratory viruses typically cause swollen and painful tastbuds. The fact that you have congestion and sinusitis strongly suggests an upper respiratory viral infection that should resolve itself. If these symptoms continue for more than 2 weeks, your doctor might want to give you a trial of antibiotics in case a secondary bacterial infection is present. If not helpful, imaging ...Read more

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My husband had a steroid shot for sinusitis recently and it seemed to cause him to be angry and irritable. Is this a common side effect?

My husband had a steroid shot for sinusitis recently and it seemed to cause him to be angry and irritable. Is this a common side effect?

Side effect: Steroid can have side effects like a change in personality. It is usually a temporary effect. An adjustment in doseage may decrease side effects. ...Read more

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Hello I have sinusitis and its hurts like mad so when it gets proper bad I panic and it causes me to think im going to swallow my tongue. Is anxiety?

Hello I have sinusitis and its hurts like mad so when it gets proper bad I panic and it causes me to think im going to swallow my tongue. Is anxiety?

Try netti pot: Or saline nasal rinses. Rinsing your sinus daily may reduce sinusitis and reduce your intake of antibiotics. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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I have sinusitis, and my pulse is rapid-about 100-110 BPM resting-and sometimes my pulse in my wrist will stop and start again. Is sinusitis the cause?

I have sinusitis, and my pulse is rapid-about 100-110 BPM resting-and sometimes my pulse in my wrist will stop and start again. Is sinusitis the cause?

Arrhytmias: Infections can increase heart rate but unlikely to cause skipped beats. Skipped beats require immediate if present. ...Read more

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I recover slowly from "cold" viruses, I also have chronic sinusitis. Cld my slow recovery from viruses and my sinusitis be caused by poor sinus drainage? I have had 2 sinus surgeries.

I recover slowly from "cold" viruses, I also have chronic sinusitis. Cld my slow recovery from viruses and my sinusitis be caused by poor sinus drainage? I have had 2 sinus surgeries.

Multiple infections: Hello, I would recommend that you discuss an immune evaluation with your doctor. With the number of infections you are experiencing, I look outside the box and search for answers. A second opinion may also be helpful since you've had multiple surgeries. Finally, discuss allergy testing. Your "infections" may be allergy symptoms. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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Can you please list the common causes of recurring sinusitis?

Several: The major cause of sinusitis is a narrowing or obstruction of the sinus ostia or openings of the sinuses into the nose. The common causes are allergy, deviated septum, enlargement of the middle turbinates, viral or bacterial infections originating in the nose. The anatomical reasons and the infectious diseases mentioned above combine to obstruct the ventilation and drainage of the sinuses. ...Read more

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Can fungus cause sinusitis?

Can fungus cause sinusitis?

It can but uncommon: Fungus infections can cause sinusitis but it is rather rare. Most of the sinus infections are caused by Viruses and Bacteria
It happens mostly in immune compromised individuals. Most common pathogens are Aspergillus and mucor species ...Read more

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Can sinusitis cause vertigo?

Can sinusitis cause vertigo?

Yes: In my experience it can. Although vertigo is an inner ear problem and sinusitis causes middle ear problems, apparently middle ear pressure changes can sometimes effect the inner ear. Otherwise I have no way to explain the vertigo I have seen in numerous patients with sinus problems. ...Read more

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Sinusitis can cause tinnitus.?

Sinusitis can cause tinnitus.?

Yes: Sinusitis can block the eustacean tube in one or both ears and cause a change in inner ear pressure. This, or general ear, nose, throat inflammation and swelling may trigger tinnitus. Otc treatments like temporary (3 days) use of nose sprays (except nasal saline which can be used for long periods), anti-histamines and mucus thinners can help. Otherwise, see your primary care doc or an ENT doc. ...Read more

Sinusitis (Definition)

A condition caused by an inflammation or swelling of the tissue lining your sinuses. Acute sinusitis usually starts with coldlike symptoms such as a runny, stuffy ...Read more


Dr. William Walsh
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Sepsis (Definition)

The body's abnormal response to severe infection. Sepsis symptoms include fever, rapid heart rate and rapid breathing, and bloodwork will reveal elevation of ...Read more