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Sinus Infection Balance Problems
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
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
Laying in bed, my 8 month old son kicked me in the side of the head. It hurt shorty. Should I be worried? Have to real hard blow to cause serious problems? Went to dr yesterday, have sinus infection.
Possibly: It's unlikely a baby that size would have caused damage but if you are having any problems see your doctor for evaluation. ...Read more
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
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?
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
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
What to do if I have 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
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
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
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
Does coughing make your heart rate go higher? I have a viral sinus infection and my hr is like 120 when I stand up and I'm off balance...
Yes: Any infection or higher adrenergic drive increase the heart rate. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
I have a sinus infection that I cannot clear with medication would getting a CT scan show a sinus problem thanks p.S the pain is above both eyes?
Yes: Sinus ct would provide useful information.Get a more detailed answer ›
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.
I have a sinus infection. Does this mean that I can't swim in any water, even lakes? Washing my hair could be a problem also because of water in ears?
How can I get a correct the diagnosis of sinus infection or dental problem and what specialists do I need to talk to?
My dr wants to put me on prednisone for a persistent sinus infection. I have thyroid problems and am nervous. Will prednisone affect my thyroid?
Not likely: If you are controlled on thyroid medication you should be fine. ...Read more
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?
Was diagnosed with a sinus infection today. (Fever, cough, facial pain) started zpack. In a hot bath I noticed a rash on my upper thighs. Problem?
It may be related to your infection if it is bacterial. Rashes often appear with staph or strep infect
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
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
Ent said inner ear is ok! Just have a sinus infection and on meds. Still feeling off balance when walking, marshmellow feet. When will this go away?
As the: Congestion clears and the fluid in your eustachian tube gets less your balance will improve. ...Read more
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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