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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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Dr. Neal Kraus
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