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What are the odds of having complications from a sinus infection if you don't get it treated?

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Dr. Dennis Diaz
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
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In brief: Low odds

The odds of a local, orbital or intracranial complication from sinus disease is low in this day and age but we still do see a few cases a year. The orbit is the structure most commonly involved by spread of sinus infection.
Intracranial complications occur about 4% of patients hospitalized with sinusitis.

In brief: Low odds

The odds of a local, orbital or intracranial complication from sinus disease is low in this day and age but we still do see a few cases a year. The orbit is the structure most commonly involved by spread of sinus infection.
Intracranial complications occur about 4% of patients hospitalized with sinusitis.
Dr. Dennis Diaz
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Dr. Thomas Klein
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology

In brief: Many problems

There are many potential problems if a bacterial sinus infection is not treated: 1.
Loss of the sense of smell and taste 2. Ear infection with ear pain 3. Worsening headaches 4. Infection of the bones lining the sinus cavity 5. Infection into the brain cavity viral sinus infections usually clear by themselves and do not require antibiotics but they may require medicines to clear mucus congestion.

In brief: Many problems

There are many potential problems if a bacterial sinus infection is not treated: 1.
Loss of the sense of smell and taste 2. Ear infection with ear pain 3. Worsening headaches 4. Infection of the bones lining the sinus cavity 5. Infection into the brain cavity viral sinus infections usually clear by themselves and do not require antibiotics but they may require medicines to clear mucus congestion.
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