Top
20
Doctor insights on: Why Is Mastoiditis More Harmful Than Sinusitis

Share
1

1
Why is mastoiditis more dangerous than a sinus infection?

Why is mastoiditis more dangerous than a sinus infection?

Infection of bone: Mastoiditis has increase risk because it is considered an infection of the mastoid bone which can lead to infection in the brain if severe or not treated. A sinus infection is a infection within the sinus cavities which is not near the bone/brain barrier. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
8 doctors shared insights

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


2

2
Why is it that cystitis is more common than pyelonephritis?

Why is it that cystitis is more common than pyelonephritis?

Shorter trip for bug: Many instances of cystitis, especially in women are due to bacteria ascending from the outside through the urethra. Such infections have only a short distance to travel in women. Kidney infections, pyelonephiritis, are often blood borne. ...Read more

3

3
Why is naegleria fowleri way more deadly than viral and bacterial forms of meningoencephalitis ? And why doesn't it have a treatment?

Why is naegleria fowleri way more deadly than viral and bacterial forms of meningoencephalitis ? And why doesn't it have a treatment?

Similar to humans: Naegleria fowleri is a eukaryotic protozoan. Humans are also eukaryotes, which means our DNA and general cellular structure is very similar. Antibiotics and antiviral medications are effective because they can target components of cells that are different than ours. However, with Naegleria, given that they are so similar it is difficult to target them specifically and leave our own cells alone. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
4

4
Why is it that smokers get more lung infections?

Why is it that smokers get more lung infections?

It is poison to lung: Various elements in cigarette smoke damage the cells which line the air passages and the alveolar cells in the lungs where oxygen is absorbed. It especially damages the hair cells which have little cilia which push mucus and the crud we breathe in out of the lungs, so our lungs cannot clean themselves out. It also kills immune cells which help produce antibodies and kill the germs we are breathing. ...Read more

5

5
Are toddler cheek bones more fragile than an adults? Why is that?

Are toddler cheek bones more fragile than an adults? Why is that?

Yes: Children's bones are thinner until puberty when the hormones in puberty cause more deposition of calcium and thicker bones. Because they are thinner, they are more fragile. ...Read more

6

6
Why is myopia so much more common than hypermetropia?

Why is myopia so much more common than hypermetropia?

Natural selection: People with myopia can see well at near without glasses. People with significant hyperopia cannot see well at any distance without glasses. It would be reasonable to assume that seeing at near offers a selection advantage for reproduction over not being able to see at all. ...Read more

7

7
Is it common to get Acute Myocarditis after a common cold? Specifically, more than likely a Rhinovirus. If so, is mortality high?

Is it common to get Acute Myocarditis after a common cold? Specifically, more than likely a Rhinovirus. If so, is mortality high?

No: Myocarditis is a rare disease, but not extremely rare. It does happen to people, but it is hard to find any exact numbers about it. Maybe one's chances of getting it are 1 in 5000 or 1 in 10000 people... these are just rough estimates. Likewise, it's not known how many cases are happening after Rhinovirus infections. ...Read more

8

8
Is bacterial pneumonia more dangerous for children?

Is bacterial pneumonia more dangerous for children?

Yes: Bacterial pneumonia is more dangerous in the extremes of age - the very young and the very old. Their immune systems are sometimes not capable of fighting off the infection on their own and therefore should be treated appropriately in consultation with your doctor. For complicated/difficult cases in children, it may require the expertise of a pediatric pulmonologist to guide therapy. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
9

9
I'm getting cold sores more often than usual. What is causing this?

I'm getting cold sores more often than usual. What is causing this?

Altered immunsystems: Repeated close interval cold sores tells me your immune system is compromised. Lack of proper rest, stress, or perhaps something more serious is going on. See your dr. For a diagnostic work up if you feel you are not stressed, have a proper diet, and get enough sleep. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
10

10
Why is it that women are more prone to get cold than men?

Why is it that women are more prone to get cold than men?

Several reasons.: Women have strategically placed body fat, that men do not have. Fat has very little blood flow and is naturally colder than skin overlying muscle. Metabolism and muscullar work is another facttor. ...Read more

11

11
Is there more than one good way to treat maxillary sinus cancer?

Is there more than one good way to treat maxillary sinus cancer?

Yes: Depending on the stage, possible therapies include surgical resection, chemotherapy, and radiation. Many times the treatment will involve all 3. Check with your oncologist or ENT surgeon to see what's best for you. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
13

13
Is it possible for adults to have more than 32 teeth?

Is it possible for adults to have more than 32 teeth?

Yes: I have seen patients w 12 bicuspids instead of 8 . Also extra molars. Sometimes an extra malformed tooth can be present called supernumary teeth . In the upper anterior it's called a mesodens. I have also seen extra lower incisors. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
14

14
Why would it be that one mental illness is considered more "serious" than another?

Why would it be that one mental illness is considered more "serious" than another?

Mental illness: Each mental illness on an average has a certain course and prognosis attached to it, for example schizophrenia may have a more decompensatory course compared to mild depression. ...Read more

15

15
I am getting headaches more frequently, is this due to allergies or is this something more serious?

I am getting headaches more frequently, is this due to allergies or is this something more serious?

Many headache causes: There are many things that could be causing worsening headaches, some of which are quite serious. Allergy can sometimes contribute to headaches by blocking sinuses. But it would be unwise to assume that allergy is the cause. See a healthcare provider for a careful history and exam to begin figuring out the cause. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
16

16
Why is viral attack more dangerous?

Why is viral attack more dangerous?

Than what: More dangerous than what? And in what specific way? It depends what you're comparing to. It also depends on which virus. For example, the influenza virus is more "dangerous" than the usual viruses that cause the common cold. ...Read more

17

17
Is it harmful to masturbate more than 10x per day?

Is it harmful to masturbate more than 10x per day?

You decide: Wow. As long as you do not find yourself obsessed with your new body and its sensations, and are not missing class, job, or ball games, or opportunities to meet that one special person, you're okay. Perhaps there's an adult in your family that you can talk with about your changing body -- being a teen can be lonely. Good luck, and spend your time wisely! ...Read more

18

18
Are nosebleeds common with a sinus infection or allergies? Currently taking amoxicillin for acute pharyngitis. The pain is less but nosebleeds remain.

Are nosebleeds common with a sinus infection or allergies? Currently taking amoxicillin for acute pharyngitis. The pain is less but nosebleeds remain.

Maybe: Your nosebleeds are being caused by your post nasal drip which is accompanying you sinus infection or your runny nose. The mucus is eroding the blood vessels in your nose causing it to bleed. ...Read more

19

19
Please explain why tympanic cavity infection is more common in kids?

Please explain why tympanic cavity infection is more common in kids?

Eustachian tube: Don't really know but i was once told the eustachian tube had less of an angle in children. As a result, mucus doesn't drain as well as adults, this then results in more ear infections. ...Read more

20

20
Is viral pneumonia more dangerous for children?

Is viral pneumonia more dangerous for children?

Depends on virus: Rsv is a virus that can vary in its effect on an infected child from a simple runny nose to life threatening pneumonia.The smaller the infant/kid the worse the potential pbs.Kids catch this virus almost every year but seldom have problems after infancy.Other forms of viral pneumonia vary in their outcome. The worst i've known was chickenpox pn in a untreated newborn delivered by a midwife.(died). ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
Dr. Joshua Gottschall
140 doctors shared insights

Mastoiditis (Definition)

An infection that affects the mastoid bone, ...Read more