Sinusitis Complications: Preventing Meningitis

A medical tablet with the word Meningitis written on it. A stethoscope sits on top of it.

Meningitis can be a serious and fatal condition. Treating sinusitis early can reduce your risk for contracting the illness.

It is important for patients to resolve their sinusitis symptoms. Otherwise, the disorder develops into something much worse. One of the most dangerous aspects of sinusitis is its proximity to the brain. When treatment for this disorder is prolonged, the infection can spread beyond the sinuses and to the brain. Meningitis is a result of this kind of infection, and a life-threating condition.

What is Meningitis?

Meningitis is an inflammation of the tissues that covers the brain and spinal cord. Some people are more at risk than others, especially children and those with weak immune symptoms. It can cause serious complications, including:

  • Fever
  • Headaches
  • Confusion
  • Altered consciousness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Stiff Neck
  • Sensitivity to light or loud noises
  • Sleepiness

When meningitis is cause by an infection, patients are diagnosed with viral meningitis. Other viruses, like mumps, herpes, measles, and influenza can cause the illness as well. Serious cases of the disorder have been known to cause brain, hearing and learning disorders.

Most doctors treat this condition with antibiotics and bed rest, as most cases of viral meningitis resolves itself after 7 to 10 days. However, if you have a disorder like sinusitis, then your condition will not change until you treat your sinus infection.

Preventing Meningitis and Sinusitis

Treating your sinus symptoms before they become worse is important. When the sinuses are inflamed, this blocks mucous from leaving, and causes infection. The longer you waiting to treat the swelling and inflammation, the more the infection grows.

Proper treatment can prevent illnesses, like meningitis, from developing. It can also prevent your sinus symptoms from further affecting your health. The earlier you resolve your sinusitis symptoms, the less complication you will have.

If you have been dealing with symptoms of sinusitis for more than a three months, then you have chronic sinusitis and it is best to consult with an ENT specialist about surgical options. Ask about balloon sinuplasty, a non-invasive procedure designed to relieve you of your sinusitis and keep you safe.

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