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Could a sinus infection cause balance problems?

Could a sinus infection cause balance problems?

Yes: A condition called vertigo can follow a viral illness and cause transient balance problems/ dizziness that resolves over time. ...Read more

Dr. Krishna Kumar
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Sinus (Definition)

In anatomy, a sinus is a cavity within a bone or other tissue. Most commonly found in the bones of the face and connecting with the nasal cavities. Sinus (anatomy), description of the general term paranasal sinuses, air cavities in the cranial bones, especially those near the nose, including: the maxillary sinuses, also called the maxillary antra and the largest of the ...Read more


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Can you tell me is a sinus infection or problem causing this off balance feeling I have?

Can you tell me is a sinus infection or problem causing this off balance feeling I have?

Yes: Although there are other causes for what you describe, it is possible to get this feeling from that. Only a doctor can tell for sure! ...Read more

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If I have sinus problems one day, then not for a day or two then get them again, is it a sinus infection or just sinus problems?

If I have sinus problems one day, then not for a day or two then get them again, is it a sinus infection or just sinus problems?

Not infection: You likely have allergy problems of some sort causing swelling and drainage from the nose and sinuses. Sometimes when it is intermittent it has to do with allergens in certain environments that you are in and out of (like workplace, friend's house, gym, etc...) ...Read more

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I tested positive for a MRSA sinus infection - had problems for over a year. Is it possible that I gave it to my toddler by sharing food?

I tested positive for a MRSA sinus infection - had problems for over a year. Is it possible that I gave it to my toddler by sharing food?

Don't worry: Mrsa isn't leprosy or tuberculosis or hov, and many people harbor the microbe without becoming sick. The most important thing for you to continue to do is wash your hands often. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Will a sinus infection affect someone's equilibrium?

Sinusitis: Not so much the sinuses directly but the congestion may produce changes in the middle ear labyrinth which helps to maintain your balance. You may also develop such symptoms from extension of infection to certain areas of the brain although this is rare. Sounds like a decongestant might be of help. ...Read more

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When will I stop feeling off balance from bad sinus infection?

Confusion: I have answered this question may times. The paranasal sinuses are air-containing spaces in the face and head. As such, they are not related to or cause balance disorders. However, a viral infection can cause both of these problems. It is my opinion, that treatment of sinus disease will not alter your balance disorder. You need to see an ENT doctor. ...Read more

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What to do if I have problems with recurrent sinus infection pain! Not sure what my next step should be, help!?

Diagnosis: Briefly, you need a diagnosis. Sinusitis is not something you can diagnose yourself. You need an
ent doctor to make the correct diagnosis and treat properly. So your next step is to have the right diagnosis and I would strongly advise an ENT specialist. ...Read more

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What to do if I'm having problems with recurrent sinus infection pain! Not sure what my next step should be, help!?

What to do if I'm having problems with recurrent sinus infection pain! Not sure what my next step should be, help!?

Recurring sinusitis: Hello. First I would recommend saline nasal spray 2x/day. Follow your evening rinse with OTC Nasacort (triamcinolone) as directed. This will help to reduce intranasal inflammation, ease pain and decrease infections. See your ENT doctor if this doesn't help. A CT scan, nasal endoscopy, an immune workup and/or an allergy evaluation may be helpful. ...Read more

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Can you tell me any help for sinus infection problems?

Can you tell me any help for sinus infection problems?

Saline Et al: If you have sinus infection symptoms past 2 weeks, you may need to see your doctor to confirm acute sinusitis. You may need an antibiotic. Symptom relief may also be provided from pain medications, decongestants, and nasal saline sprays or irrigations. Saline irrigations (neti pot) is particularly quite safe and effective in treating and preventing chronic sinus infections. ...Read more

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How rare or common is a sinus infection due to a tooth problem?

How rare or common is a sinus infection due to a tooth problem?

Uncommon: The teeth are usually separated from the sinus by bone and a membrane. It is unusual for a tooth infection to spread through both of those barriers, though not impossible. A tooth infection can, however, feel as if it is going into the sinus because the nerves can be closely connected. ...Read more

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What kind of vision problems can you get with spenoid sinus infection?

What kind of vision problems can you get with spenoid sinus infection?

Optic neuritis: Optic neuritis, inflammation of the optic nerve that sends vision signals from the eye to the brain, is a rare complication of paranasal sinusitis. The sphenoid sinus makes up part of the bony cavity that holds the eye and an infection or inflammation can spread and affect the optic nerve and cause vision loss. It is rare. ...Read more

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I get terrible sinus headaches without any other sinus problems. What could be causing this if I do not have a sinus infection. I also have chiari?

I get terrible sinus headaches without any other sinus problems. What could be causing this if I do not have a sinus infection. I also have chiari?

Oxymoron: I do not think it is possible to have "sinus headaches" in the absence of acute sinusitis. You may have headaches for other reasons. I am presuming that an x-ray of the ethmoid, frontal and sphenoid sinuses were clear. If that is so you can not call this a sinus headache. If x-rays were not done, then see an ENT doctor for a specific diagnosis and treatment. Migraine needs to be ruled out. ...Read more

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I've had a nose problem for 3 1/2weeks now. I thought it was allergy, no allergy pills helped! I think it may be a sinus infection. What should I do?!

I've had a nose problem for 3 1/2weeks now. I thought it was allergy, no allergy pills helped! I think it may be a sinus infection. What should I do?!

Difficult to tell: In order to help you, you need to be more specific what exactly is your "nose" problem. Is it painful, draining, bleeding, congested, etc. A sinus infection is a nasal and sinus bacterial infection with facial pain/pressure, low grade temperatures, thick discharge, thick post-nasal drip, and can include bad breath and a cough. In your case, you need to see a doctor to sort this out. ...Read more

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Could wisdom teeth surgery have damaged my sinus? I had a sinus infection for six months afterwards and reoccurring problems ever since.

Could wisdom teeth surgery have damaged my sinus? I had a sinus infection for six months afterwards and reoccurring problems ever since.

Sinus infection: A sinus infection follow a tooth extraction is certainly possible but not as likely with a third molar extraction due to the location of the tooth and proximity to the maxillary sinus. A ct scan could help determine is this is the case but the treatment for the infection would probably follow the same course either way. A ct scan and referral to an ENT would be recommended. ...Read more

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Can sinus infection or problem cause trouble with vision or make you feel 'foggy'?

Can sinus infection or problem cause trouble with vision or make you feel 'foggy'?

Definitely: Sinuses suround the eye socket. Infection or allergic symptoms can translate to tear film inconsistency resulting in visual blur. Fogginess is secondary to sinus congestion which impeeds lymphatic flow. Headaches can result. Decrease or better yet refrain from smoke environments. Humidifiers help. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have had a sinus infection for over a year now. It is accompanied by a foul odor and green phlegm. Is this normal for a sinus problem? No fever.

Chronic sinusitis: The symptoms you describe are suggestive of a chronic sinus infection. Treatment with a longer course of a strong antibiotic like Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) can help most cases. You may need a sinus imaging study to further evaluate this. ...Read more

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How can I get a correct the diagnosis of sinus infection or dental problem and what specialists do I need to talk to?

How can I get a correct the diagnosis of sinus infection or dental problem and what specialists do I need to talk to?

See a dentist: A "dental sinus" usually results from a chronic infection in long-lasting necrotic dental pulp (a dead tooth). Dental treatment (e.g. root canal) is the only successful treatment for a "dental sinus". Call a dentist today. ...Read more

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I went on a cruise a couple weeks ago and have been dizzy/off balance since and now my ears are hurting could it just be I have a sinus infection that?

I went on a cruise a couple weeks ago and have been dizzy/off balance since and now my ears are hurting could it just be I have a sinus infection that?

See an ENT: Or start with your primary care doctor. Sounds like you may have a middle ear infection or central nervous system issue and this can only be diagnosed by history, exam and testing. ...Read more

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Have deviated septum, I get alot sinus infection, but recently getting swollen feeling and block ears in both ears, take sprays never had ear problem, when I had sinus infection so what does this mean and what shall I do?

Have deviated septum, I get alot sinus infection, but recently getting swollen feeling and block ears in both ears, take sprays never had ear problem, when I had sinus infection so what does this mean and what shall I do?

See an ENT: See an ENT to get a good history and exam including a fiberoptic nasal endoscopy. You may need a CT scan of your sinuses. Allergy testing might be warranted. Then, you can sit down with the doctor and go over your options of medications, allergy immunotherapy, and possibly surgery. ...Read more

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In bed for over a month. Get up to use bathroom and see dr and got sinus infection. Legs feel heavy and wobbly walking. Balance good. Why wobbly?

In bed for over a month. Get up to use bathroom and see dr and got sinus infection. Legs feel heavy and wobbly walking. Balance good. Why wobbly?

Deconditioning: You were in bed for one month. You are deconditioned and are wobbly. This will slowly improve over time. ...Read more

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Dr says sinus infection causing imbalance and dizzy headed. Ears feel fine. Balance good dr says. Could be another cause?

The balance system: Is located within the inner ear, within the skull/temporal bone, the part that a doctor cannot see with a scope. Any irritation of that system will set of a nasty problem with vertigo. A video nystagnmogram test can help prove or disprove this. ...Read more

Dr. Sewa Legha
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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


Dr. Scott Keith
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Sinusitis (Definition)

A condition caused by an inflammation or swelling of the tissue lining your sinuses. Acute sinusitis usually starts with coldlike symptoms such as a runny, stuffy ...Read more