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Dr. Marvin Ott
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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


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Is it heard of to have issues with concentrating, mind fog etc, . along with the seasonal allergies/ or sinusitis?

Is it heard of to have issues with concentrating, mind fog etc, . along with the seasonal allergies/ or sinusitis?

Yes at times: Either because of the disease itself or as a side effect of the medicines, mainly antihistamines, it is hard to look smart too if your mouth is open all the time, get checked by your doctor who might refer you to an allergist to better manage your allergies if you do have, check aaaai. Org or acaai. Org for an allergist in your area, good luck Read more

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Help docs! I'm trying to find out what causes blood on the brain of a child could it possibly be sinusitis?

Help docs! I'm trying to find out what causes blood on the brain of a child could it possibly be sinusitis?

Unlikely: A complicated sinus infection in a child can result in lots of problems but it would be rare to have bleeding in the brain from that alone. Read more

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How does chronic sinusitis affect the brain? I m feeling continuous pain in my lower left part of back brain. Suffering from sinusitis for 5 years.

How does chronic sinusitis affect the brain? I m feeling continuous pain in my lower left part of back brain. Suffering from sinusitis for 5 years.

Sinusitis: Greetings. Sinus disease rarely has any brain or intracranial affects. It may be a referred pain you are sensing or a different reason for pain this this area. See your ENT doctor to review these concerns. Read more

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What happens if sinusitis goes to the brain?

What happens if sinusitis goes to the brain?

Very rare: It is very rare that either acute sinusitis and-even more remote that chronic sinusitis would be complicated with brain infection. It is possible for a very fulminating acute bacterial sinusitis to cause a brain abscess, particular frontal or ethmoid sinusitis. What happens is that you would be extremely ill and would need IV antibiotics to save your life. Read more

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Why is sinusitis the number one misdiagnoses for brain aneurysms?

Why is sinusitis the number one misdiagnoses for brain aneurysms?

That is not true.: I am a practicing Neurosurgeon that actively treats brain aneurysms. I have never had someone see me for aneurysm that had been misdiagnosed for sinusitis. In all my readings, I have not come across such ideas. Read more

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Can an MRI show meningitis in the brain? What about sinusitis or any sinus inflammation?

Yes: A MRI can show meningitis as enhancement on a contrast study of the brain. As well sinusitis and sinus disease will often show up. Read more

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I'm used to getting sinusitis. This time my brain constantly feels "fuzzy." should I be concerned or is this normal? I've been to the doc (z-pack)

I'm used to getting sinusitis. This time my brain constantly feels "fuzzy." should I be concerned or is this normal? I've been to the doc (z-pack)

Follow up with your: Primary care dr, allergist and ENT. Quit smoking if u do. Eat lots of fruits and veggies and herbal meds to boost your immune system! Read more

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How can sinusitis, meningitis, intracranial bleeding, hypertension, and tumors in the brain cause headaches?

How can sinusitis, meningitis, intracranial bleeding, hypertension, and tumors in the brain cause headaches?

Common denominator: Except for sinusitis, they all cause traction on the leptomeninges which are the only structures in the brain which have feeling/sensation. Sinusitis causes headache by a different mechanism. Read more

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Can sinusitis be a cause of swollen optic nerves in both eyes? Scheduled for an MRI but very nervous hoping its not a brain tumor. Thanks!

Highly unlikely: In rare cases, very severe sinusitis could affect the blood supply or blood drainage of the optic nerves. However, a person with this problem would likely have other symptoms as well, such as severe headache, other cranial nerve palsies or frank meningitis. Read more

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Blood test normal. Nuero exam normal. Diangosis sinusitis and allergic rhinitis. Still feel off balance and forehead pressure. Should I rule out brain tumor?

Blood test normal. Nuero exam normal. Diangosis sinusitis and allergic rhinitis. Still feel off balance and forehead pressure. Should I rule out brain tumor?

I have already answe: Your question has been answered. You can definitely wait for 1, 2 or 3 weeks in which case your sinus related symptoms will resolve. But if you had anything like a brain tumor the symptoms will get worse in a few weeks. You have both choices...Wait and watch or act sooner than later. Choice is yours! Read more

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My ear is hurting n im getting dizzy when I move fast or a lot? Is it a brain infection or tumor? I'm scares one these I just got over sinusitis

My ear is hurting n im getting dizzy when I move fast or a lot? Is it a brain infection or tumor? I'm scares one these I just got over sinusitis

Tumor unlikely: Otalgia or ear ache is almost never a brain symptom. The fact that you are recovering from a sinusitis which is usually viral and you are dizzy, sounds like the viral infection has found the middle ear and inner ear. See an ENT doctor for a specific diagnosis and treatment. Read more

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Can sinusitis affect blood vessels in brain in any way?? if so, how? Can repeatedly blowing your nose hard affect eyes or ears. Or brain?,

Can sinusitis affect blood vessels in brain in any way?? if so, how? Can repeatedly blowing your nose hard affect eyes or ears. Or brain?,

Maybe: In some cases, migraine headaches can involve changes in cerebral blood flow. Interestingly, treating a type of chronic sinus disease known as vasomotor rhinitis with nasal anti-histamine results in desensitization of the TRPV1 receptor and can improve migraines. As for blowing your nose hard: this raises intracranial pressure and can cause ears to pop and even broken blood vessels in the eye Read more

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Can sinusitis cause brain swelling or a serous dealth problem I've been having a runny nose & watery eyes & lightheaded I'm worried?

Can sinusitis cause brain swelling or a serous dealth problem I've been having a runny nose & watery eyes & lightheaded I'm worried?

Sinus complications: All paranasal sinuses except maxillary have surfaces that directly abut the layers of bone separating them from the brain and its linings. Brain, epidural, & subdural abscesses & meningitis can all result from sinus infection, as well as thromboses of venous sinuses of the brain. Have seen all of these. Although infrequent they do occur. Roof of maxillary sinus is floor of the orbit of eye. Read more

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