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Can Sinusitis Cause Sepsis
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Yes.: An allergy med with a decongestant can help Some if there are kept begin the pharmacy counter. ...Read more
Yes.: But not commonly. Especially at age 19. ...Read more
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
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
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
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?
Recent stool color change from Medium to dark mahogany brown. No diet change. Might have sinusitis. Proper hydration. Been 7 days since change-Causes?
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
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
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
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
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
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