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Can You Get Meningitis If Your Eardrum Bursts And Infection Gets Into Your Brain
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
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
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
I heard that when you have an ear infection the eardrum can burst. Is it true or common to happen?
Possible: Long before there were antibiotics ear infections commonly resolved with the ear drum bursting and the healing. In acute ear infection, withain and hearing loss, treatment with oral antibiotics, usually clears infection before ear drum would perforate or burst. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Can u get sinus infection in 1 day? Just exposed to sick kids. Next day stuffy and felt like a cold. Scared cuz I had meningitis from sinuses before.
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.
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?
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 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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?
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
Went to pcp yesterday with sinus infection, bronchitis and ear infection. She sd my right eardrum bulging. Will mountain travel cause it to burst?
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