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Can staph infection reside in your sinuses?

Can staph infection reside in your sinuses?

Yes: Some people carry staph in their nasal passages. This is usually easily treated if present. If you are having recurrent staph skin infections, ask your doctor about treating your nose too. Staph can also cause sinus infections, but this is usually only true in people with chronic sinus disease, not your average sinus infection. ...Read more

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Sinuses (Definition)

Sinuses are air filled spaces in the head that have several proposed functions: 1. They serve as shock absorbers in cases of head trauma 2. Lighten the skull 3. Humidify and filter the air while also producing mucus 4. Play a role in vocal resonance. The head contains 4 paired sinus cavities: maxillaries (cheek) under the eyes, ethmoids(between the eyes), frontals (above ...Read more


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Can staph infection travel to your brain?

Can staph infection travel to your brain?

Unfortunately yes: Staph typically will present as a brain abscess, an infected mass that swells and compresses nearby brain tissue, and may cause headache, stiff neck, fever, blurred vision, and focal neurological signs. Occasionally, surgery is needed. ...Read more

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What if staph infection gets to the brain?

What if staph infection gets to the brain?

Why do you ask?: It would be very bad, but it's not a common problem. My guess is that if you're capable of logging on to your computer, signing on to healthtap, and asking a question, you don't have staph in your brain! ...Read more

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Can staph go to brain if infection in nose?

Can staph go to brain if infection in nose?

Yes, possible: While rare, infections in this area should not be taken lightly. The 'danger triangle' of the face consists of the area from the corners of the mouth to the bridge of nose. Due to the special nature of the blood supply to the nose , it is possible (although very rare) for retrograde infections from the nasal area to spread to the brain. ...Read more

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Sinuses or brain tumor, how to tell the difference?

Sinuses or brain tumor, how to tell the difference?

Your doctor: Your doctor can tell the difference when he/ she does your exam and takes your history. If a radiology exam is needed, he/she will determine that. ...Read more

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Why would I have a brain freeze type pain in my head? Is it more likely sinuses, headache, or my trigeminal nerve?

Why would I have a brain freeze type pain in my head? Is it more likely sinuses, headache, or my trigeminal nerve?

Consider migraine: A brain freeze is not likely a trigeminal nerve problem at your age. It could represent a sinus infection or it could represent migraine headaches. I suggest that you see a local physician to have these symptoms checked out. ...Read more

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Would a brain MRI with and without contrast show problems with sinuses(cyst or tumors)or do they have to order MRI specifically for the sinuses?

Would a brain MRI with and without contrast show problems with sinuses(cyst or tumors)or do they have to order MRI specifically for the sinuses?

Sinuses: when you have a head scan either CT or MRI the radiologist will sometimes comment on sinuses. However, to take a complete look at the sinuses usually need a scan ordered specifically for that. ...Read more

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Does numbness in forehead mean a problem with my sinuses or a brain tumor>?

Does numbness in forehead mean a problem with my sinuses or a brain tumor>?

See a doctor: See a doctor or other health care provider that can work with you to figure out what is wrong. There is no way to evaluate your complaint via healthtap. ...Read more

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Liklihood of brain eating amoeba? Picked my nose in shower, finger was wet. Terrified of brain eating amoeba. Sinuses feel very dry and open. Worried!

Liklihood of brain eating amoeba? Picked my nose in shower, finger was wet. Terrified of brain eating amoeba. Sinuses feel very dry and open. Worried!

Fear not!: It's not a common disease and to acquire it needs exposure in or wading and swimming in contaminated pools, lakes, rivers. Take care! http://www.M.Webmd.Com/a-to-z-guides/brain-eating-amoeba. ...Read more

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If I get a CT scan for my sinuses will it also detect a brain tumor if I have one?

If I get a CT scan for my sinuses will it also detect a brain tumor if I have one?

Unlikely: A ct of the sinuses includes a portion of the brain, not all of it. So it could miss some areas. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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If I receive an MRI of my brain, will the tracer allow my thyroid, parathyroid, and sinuses to be seen too, or will that require a different tracer?

If I receive an MRI of my brain, will the tracer allow my thyroid, parathyroid, and sinuses to be seen too, or will that require a different tracer?

It's not the tracer: But where they take the cuts. Sinuses are seen but MRI is a bad test for that but not the neck where thyroid and parathyroid are ...Read more

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Too much radiation? Recently, i had a cat scan of my sinuses and a chest x-ray. They are thinking about getting a cat scan of my brain. But to my understanding that's a lot of radiation in a short amount of time. How long are you supposed to wait until th

Too much radiation? Recently, i had a cat scan of my sinuses and a chest x-ray.
They are thinking about getting a cat scan of my brain. But to my understanding that's a lot of radiation in a short amount of time. How long are you supposed to wait until th

The : The amount of radiation from ct is certainly higher than from traditional plain film xrays, and you're right to wonder about the risk. However, there are a couple of important issues to consider. First of all, if there's a clinical problem that needs to be sorted out, and if ct is the best way to do that, then the amount of radiation from one additional study is probably not worth worrying about: you're far better off getting a diagnosis that leads to treatment than missing that diagnosis because the full evaluation was not completed. Secondly, you should know that the risk of radiation from cts (and other sources) have to be looked at in both short term and long term perspectives. Without getting too involved in physics, the message is this: a lot of xrays in a short period of time can cause short-term injuries like skin burns and hair loss, whereas a large number of xrays over a lifetime may increase the risk of cancer. It's very unlikely that another ct scan (or even several) right now would cause a skin injury--that's much more likely with image-guided procedures like coronary angiography. On the other hand, your risk of developing cancer from ct imaging (though very small) is the same whether the cts are done all at once or spread out over several years. What it boils down to is this: if your doctor has a specific concern and needs more imaging to make a diagnosis, then getting another ct is probably a good idea. Waiting a while won't make any real difference, except perhaps to delay your treatment. If, on the other hand, he or she is just "covering the bases, " then it may not be worthwhile. You might ask your doctor what, specifically, he or she is looking for and why he or she can't use other tests. ...Read more

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Please help, i got water in my nose? I read about people dying from using a neti pot to irrigate their sinuses with tap water, causing brain eating amoeba. Well, last night while washing my face, i accidentally splashed a small handful of water up my nose

Please help, i got water in my nose? I read about people dying from using a neti pot to irrigate their sinuses with tap water, causing brain eating amoeba. Well, last night while washing my face, i accidentally splashed a small handful of water up my nose

If : If it was water from a city supply, there should be no risk at all. Amebic infections begin with contaminated water, and that coming directly from a commercial source should be safe. Well water is a different issue, as it may be untreated and could be contaminated. If this was well water, then you might want to take a sample for testing. ...Read more

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Is smelling smoke a symptom of a brain tumor a myth? Had CT scan 2 years ago for phantom smells. Everything normal. Now constant smell of smoke x2 days. Dry sinuses? No other neuro symptoms.

See your PCP: Myth, or no myth, it warrants further investigation. Smelling unusual smells that aren't present like smoke is not normal. So the first person to start a dialogue with is your pcp. S/he will be able to advise you further, and provide a referral to see a neurologist, if that's needed. Right now it needs to be documented, especially if you're smelling it full-time. ...Read more

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Will an MRI of the brain and IAC without contrast show my sinuses? My ENT ordered this exam due to severe nasal congestion and facial pressure.

Will an MRI of the brain and IAC without contrast show my sinuses? My ENT ordered this exam due to severe nasal congestion and facial pressure.

Yes: Paranasal sinuses are usually also seen on MRI of brain. Osseous structures are usually less well seen and better defined on CT. MRI is so sensitive for soft tissue changes that sometimes patient is not symptomatic. ...Read more

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Can a CT scan also scan for brain tumors? I had a CT scan done a while ago to check my sinuses, but now i fear i may have a brain tumor. I was wondering if a doctor could look at the same CT scan to check for brain tumors.

Can a CT scan also scan for brain tumors? I had a CT scan done a while ago to check my sinuses, but now i fear i may have a brain tumor.  I was wondering if a doctor could look at the same CT scan to check for brain tumors.

Probably not.: A ct of the sinuses wouldn't get much of a look at the brain. An MRI of the brain would be the best test for a brain tumor. Of course i don't know anything about you, but fearing you have a brain tumor is often separate from actually having one, fortunately. ...Read more

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What does this mean, some hyperintense signals are seen in the brainstem, cerebellum and bilateral thalami? Paransal sinuses show mucosal disease?

What does this mean, some hyperintense signals are seen in the brainstem, cerebellum and bilateral thalami? Paransal sinuses show mucosal disease?

Depends: At your age, must wonder about multiple sclerosis (radiologically isolated syndrome), but also, migraine can cause the spots, prior trauma can do this, and prior infection may be responsible. Discuss with a neurologist, as there may be valuable preventative treatment. The sinus issues are separate and consistent with a dry climate. ...Read more

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