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Can you get meningitis if your eardrum bursts and infection gets into your brain?

Can you get meningitis if your eardrum bursts and infection gets into your brain?

Yes: Any infection which spreads to the brain is serious, and can lead to meningitis and potentially a brain abscess. ...Read more

Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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Infection (Definition)

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


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Will ESR (Sed rate) and CBC show abnormalities with meningitis or other infection causing brain or heart inflammation?

Will ESR (Sed rate) and CBC show abnormalities with meningitis or other infection causing brain or heart inflammation?

Not reliable: If you're having symptoms of meningitis or heart disease (palpitations, chest pain, shortness of breath), the sed rate is utterly worthless as a way of ruling out disease and even a normal CBC proves nothing. I'm a lab physician and want to reassure you -- the key question is not "What's my ESR? " but "How do I FEEL? " ...Read more

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What is the first part of the brain affected by bacterial meningitis caused by ear infection?

What is the first part of the brain affected by bacterial meningitis caused by ear infection?

Local spread: Ear infections can lead to abscess most commonly affecting the temporal lobe or if leading to meningitis can cause whole brain involvement. Depending on the bacteria type certain nerve (ie hearing nerves) may be affected more than others. ...Read more

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Could a CT scan show any viral infections of brain or spinal meningitis?

Could a CT scan show any viral infections of brain or spinal meningitis?

Lumbar puncture: A lumbar puncture, or lp, is the best and most sensitive way to diagnose meningitis. Ct scans do not always show evidence of CNS infections. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could a CT scan show any viral infections of brain or spinal meningitis?

Please tell me, could a CT scan show any viral infections of brain or spinal meningitis?

Not usually: Ct of brain and spine usually does not play role in diagnosis of viral process. Some clinicians obtain ct prior to spinal tap as precaution, to exclude increased intracranial pressure. This probably is overkill in the usage of ct. ...Read more

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Is the pain from an ear infection from your eardrum bursting? Why is ur balance so bad when you get one? What is the fluid that comes out of ur ear?

Is the pain from an ear infection from your eardrum bursting? Why is ur balance so bad when you get one? What is the fluid that comes out of ur ear?

Ear infection: The eardrum itself is very innervated. In other words the ear drum is very sensitive. When the ear drum bursts it is usually from a suppurative otitis media. White blood cells (pus) are brought into the area to fight the infection (bacteria, or virus). The ear drum bulges and then will break- perforate. The bulging and perforation are painful but once it perforated the pain usually improves. ...Read more

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Is it possible to die if your eardrum bursts and infection gets into your brain?

Is it possible to die if your eardrum bursts and infection gets into your brain?

Yes but...: Any ear infection can theoretically spread to the brain and result in meningitis or brain abscess and with a worst case scenario result in death. But, this is really unusual. In 20+ years of practice I have seen less than a handful of ear infections that have spread to the brain and none of those patients died. ...Read more

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I heard that when you have an ear infection the eardrum can burst. Is it true or common to happen?

I heard that when you have an ear infection the eardrum can burst. Is it true or common to happen?

Rare but can happen: It is rare but it can happen. Sometimes with an ear infection the pus inside the middle ear causes the drum to thin in certain places. The pressure can become so great that the drum bursts. Before antibiotics this bursting was actually a good thing because the pus would drain and the ear improve. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a burst eardrum and an ear infection?

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What is the difference between a burst eardrum and an ear infection?

Drainage: A ruptured ear drum due to otitis media will cause a bloody or purulent discharge. Ear infection without drainage can result in fluid trapped in middle ear and hearing lost. ...Read more

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My gf has impacted wax. She also believes that water in her ear will cause the eardrum to burst. She had many ear infections and tubes as a child?

My gf has impacted wax. She also believes that water in her ear will cause the eardrum to burst. She had many ear infections and tubes as a child?

Common problem: Impacted wax can be dissolved by drops available over the counter at most supermarkets or pharmacies. W hen these are too slow, the wax can be removed under direct vision by an ENT. I have also cleaned this out using a water pic, and this does not "rupture" the drum. She can either get this fixed or deal with the poor hearing. Her choice. ...Read more

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Had meningitis from bad sinus infection. Cured, but does it mean I'll always immediately get it again if I get another sinus infection?

Had meningitis from bad sinus infection. Cured, but does it mean I'll always immediately get it again if I get another sinus infection?

Unusual: Very unusual for a sinus infection to transform into meningitis. Some may recommend a careful evaluation for a defect in the bony lining of the sinus cavities that can transmit the infection, especially if this recurs. If found, the defect is repaired surgically ...Read more

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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

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

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I've had a sinus infection for two weeks now, and just got a prescription today. Are the odds pretty low to get meningitis? Idk if I'm vaccinated.

Unlikely: It is relatively common for a sinus infection to be ongoing for 2 wks prior to treatment and rare for it to convert to meningitis. Most meningitis is aggressive and will progress over a period of hours from first symptoms to full blown disease. ...Read more

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I have viral meningitis and I wanted to start trying to get pregnant this month...Should I wait until my infection is gone? If yes. How will I know so?

I have viral meningitis and I wanted to start trying to get pregnant this month...Should I wait until my infection is gone? If yes. How will I know so?

Depends on symptoms: Viral meningitis is really nothing more than a viral infection that got in the wrong place. Avoid close contacts until fever free for 24 hours. Then it just really depends on how you are feeling. If you feel fine, then go for it. ...Read more

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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 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?

Urgent care: Go to urgent care immediately or ER now. Obtain expert ENT evaluation of your sinuses ASAP. If you lost full history I am amendable to starting you on antibiotics immediately if you have pressure and signs of infection and live in New York. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can you get meningitis from an ear infection?

Can you get meningitis from an ear infection?

Maybe: If the infecting agent is aggressive and the host (you) is vulnerable, the ear infection could spread to the meninges. This is usually through hematogenous spread (through the blood stream) rather than through neighboring invasion. Rarely, if the infection is ignored, it can spread to the mastoid air sacs, thence to the venous sinuses in the brain, and thus cerebritis. ...Read more

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Have a double ear infection. Dr prescribed ceftin (cefuroxime) for treatment start today. Will I get meningitis from this ear infection if I hadn't have treated it?

Have a double ear infection. Dr prescribed ceftin (cefuroxime) for treatment start today. Will I get meningitis from this ear infection if I hadn't have treated it?

Unlikely....: ...But possible. It is more likely, if the infection spreads beyond your ear, that it will go into the mastoid bone located right behind your ear. Even this, though, won't happen most of the time. Ear infections are treated to reduce pain and protect hearing. ...Read more

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Was given bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) for sweat gland infection in arm pit two days ago. Chance I can get aseptic meningitis or bad reaction? Please reply

Was given bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) for sweat gland infection in arm pit two days ago. Chance I can get aseptic meningitis or bad reaction? Please reply

Minimal: It is likely you would have had any serious reaction or developed some other complications by now. I hope the infection is clearing up and that you are feeling better. If you have any questions about your ongoing symptoms let your doctor or health tap know. Your pharmacist will be a good resource for your concerns. ...Read more

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Went to pcp yesterday with sinus infection, bronchitis and ear infection. She sd my right eardrum bulging. Will mountain travel cause it to burst?

Went to pcp yesterday with sinus infection, bronchitis and ear infection. She sd my right eardrum bulging. Will mountain travel cause it to burst?

Not necesarily: If it does, it would have anyway. Most middle ear infections build up of mucous and pus behind the ear drum. If it ruptures, it often does the first day in aggressive infections. If stable, it actually does not allow pressure effects of altitude to do anything. ...Read more

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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?

Not enough info: None of the symptoms you describe suggest meningitis. However, if you do have a severely stiff neck, sensitivity to light, fevers and/or mental status changes, go to the er immediately. ...Read more

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Can a mastoid infection become meningitis?

Mastoiditis: Yes. It is important to finish all antibiotics as prescribed and follow up to make sure the infection is cleared from the mastoid. ...Read more

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If I had meningitis would infection show in bloods?

If I had meningitis would infection show in bloods?

Probably not: If you had meningitis, you would be extremely ill, with horrible headache and perhaps unconsciousness. If you don't have those things, a blood test won't tell whether or not you have meningitis. See your doctor if you remain concerned. ...Read more

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What causes viral meningitis infection?

What causes viral meningitis infection?

Dozens of things: Influenza, parainfluenza, adenovirus, enterovirus, poliovirus, western equine encephalitis, eastern equin encehaplitis virus, st. Louis encephalitis virus, west nile virus, measles virus and varicella zoster virus just to name a few. ...Read more

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What are the infections that have the same signs as meningitis but are less serious?

What are the infections that have the same signs as meningitis but are less serious?

No less serious: There are some other infections or forms of infections that can show similar signs and symptoms as meningitis, but I would not describe any of them as less serious, in fact they are more serious.
Some of them are encephalitis, leptospirosis,
subdural empyema (collection of pus between the brainsurface and the inner lining of the skull) and brain abscess. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between meningitis and meningococcal infection?

Is there a difference between meningitis and meningococcal infection?

Yes: Meningitis is a general term which refers to any process resulting in inflammation or swelling of the lining of the brain or spinal cord. Meningococcal meningitis refers specifically to meningitis caused by the bacteria neisseria meningitidis. Several bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites may cause meningitis. Meningococcal meningitis is one of the most severe. ...Read more

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Could a spreading yeast infection end up all over the body and cause meningitis?

Could a spreading yeast infection end up all over the body and cause meningitis?

Wouldn't plan on it: Yeast meningitis is generally a problem for the severely compromised patients who end up in an ICU & have very poor or no immune system function. We have yeast in our digestive tract at all times & it gets on our skin & membranes constantly. The immune system and intact skin/membranes keep it out of the blood which is where it must go to get to the meninges. I wouldn't worry about a rash doing it ...Read more

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What are the chances that an untreated sinus infection would turn into meningitis?

Rare: Most meningitis actually comes on as an initial event. The germ may enter through the nasal passages, but it would be rare for anyone with a sinus infection to transform into meningitis. ...Read more

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Meningitis (Definition)

A condition in which the membrane surrounding the brain and spinal cord becomes inflamed. Symptoms include headaches, fever, stiff neck, and a sensitivity to light. There are two primary types of ...Read more