Can Sinusitis Cause Inflammation Of The Brain?
I have a friend, and he was diagnosed with sinusitis, I want to know if sinusitis can cause brain inflammation?
Good morning, thanks for asking at HealthReplies.com. Sinusitis is an inflammatory condition in the cavity of the skull called the sinus. Sinus basically functions to ease the burden on the head and help in sound production. Sinus is located behind the forehead bones, the inside of the cheekbones, both sides of the nose and back of the eye, as shown in the image below.
When an infection occurs in this cavity, whether it is preceded by a dental infection, respiratory infection, smoking habits, diving and swimming, the presence of foreign bodies, injury to the nose or other parts, then sinusitis is marked by symptoms of headache, fever, nose congestion, runny nose, sore throat, and pain when the face is pressed.
Regarding your question, it's true that sinusitis can cause inflammation of the brain, especially sinusitis which includes chronic sinusitis, which is sinus inflammation that lasts more than 12 weeks, for months, or even years. Brain inflammation in question is meningitis, which occurs if the infection extends to cause a buildup of fluid around the brain and spinal cord. Symptoms can include severe headaches, high fever, stiff neck, convulsions and difficulty concentrating.
That is why, this disease should be treated properly by doing routine control on ENT doctors. If the treatment is not successful in one visit, then do not hesitate to come again for an evaluation, because the condition could not be sinusitis, but nasal polyps, or even cancer. So, hopefully answering your question.