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Parasites In 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Rhinitis Pharyngitis: Infections of the nasal passages, sinuses and pharynx can spread to other areas of the body when the germs find their way into the blood stream (mostly) or though the lymphatic system. Infections of the roof of the sinuses and the middle ear can spread directly into the brain. ...Read more
Yes: Many of us have staph living in our noses. It is often completely harmless. It only needs to be treated if we are having recurrent skin infections, or those we live with/are in close contact with are. We have lots of bacteria in and on us; in fact there are more bacterial cells than human cells. Amazing but true. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sinusitis: Yes, both aerobic and anaerobic bacteria live within the sinus and nasal cavities. If your sinuses become obstructed and don't drain properly, an infection can develop (acute sinusitis) that is often foul-smelling due to the presence of anaerobic bacteria. This can also cause halitosis due to the communication between the oral cavity and the nasopharynx. ...Read more
Ct scan of sinuses showed little mucus in my maxillary sinuses. Frontal looked good. So would allergies cause some pressure in forehead as well?
Not Likely: Anything is possible, but for this to occur they have to get there somehow and the system is pretty well closed unless accidentally or intentionally breached - through a deep open wound possibly from a piercing could make it happen or from surgery. If you had a piercing, see a doctor immediately if not healing properly. ...Read more
Usually not: There are different kinds of ear infections. If you are talking about middle ear infections, then it's very unlikely mold is the cause. You can get fungal outer ear infections, but these tend to come from overuse of qtips (clearing away your protective wax) and overuse of antibiotic ear drops. ...Read more
Completely different: Legionella can live within waterborne amoeba-like organisms, although not aware that it will live within giardia. Giardia lamblia is a flagellated amoeba-like organism that lives in fresh water as well. Both of these can produce human disease, but the diseases are very different and unrelated. ...Read more
Ct results: minor mucosal changes in the paranasal sinuses seen in the maxillary sinus regions with mucous retention cysts. Possible cause?
Not to worry: I see a fair proportion of my patients demonstrating these in their sinuses as an incidental finding on ct scan. They very rarely require any sort of surgical intervention and should be differentiated from a mucocele (which are different. Allergies, sinusitis, mucosal irritation lead to these fluid filled "sacs". ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Anaerobic bacteria: anaerobic bacteria - or bacteria that don't require oxygen to live and multiple are generally found in closed off spaces with low oxygen such as abcesses. The nose normal has airflow so anaerobic bacteria are rare. However, if swelling reduces or closes off passageways or sinuses - these types of bacteria start to flourish https://search.yahoo.com/yhs/search?p=sinus+passage+diagram&ei=UTF-8&hspart=mozilla&hsimp=yhs-004 ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Yes, it can. We sometimes, but rarely find it in the blood in blood cultures. That said, although it may go throughout the body, most do not affect the rest of the body. As one of my instructors used to say "bacteria usually go to one type of school", meaning that they tend to be specific to certain types of body tissues. Also, antibiotics go through the blood to the entire body so this covers. ...Read more