Sinus Infections – The Dangerous Complications


It might be hard to imagine having a sinus infection and doing nothing about it. Surely there is material written in magazines, books, online articles, and in medical journals that would forbid such inaction. But it happens. Sinusitis is not a complicated ailment in itself, and if treated at least with some home remedies oft times it can take its course and disappear. There are however, dangerous complications that can give far more grief than the stuffy nose, facial pain, lack of sleep and chronic coughing.


These complications can include infection of the bones of the forehead called osteomyelitis. It often causes headaches, fever and swelling. This was once untreatable, but today treatment is successful, but very aggressive.



Eye socket infections result in swelling and the dropping of the eyelid. Although a rare complication of ethmoid sinusitis, it is very serious. Loss of eye movement and pressure on the optic nerve leads to vision loss that can be permanent.


Blood clots can be another complication. Symptoms of a blood clot as a result of a sinus infection are similar to the eye socket infection and can spread to all sides of the face.


But the most dangerous complication of a sinus infection is the spreading of bacteria. If these sinus bacteria should spread to the brain, either through bone or blood vessels, meningitis, abscesses, or other life threatening conditions may occur. With these come mild personality changes, headache, vision problems and as the condition becomes more serious – seizures, coma, and death are very possible.


These are all serious complications but a suitable treatment for sinus infections cannot be prescribed until the infection is understood; bacteria, virus and fungus are all common causes. They can also be triggered by allergens and pollutants. Fungi, one of the causes, have also been known to flare up in individuals who have weakened immune systems, such as AIDS, Leukemia, or Diabetes.


There are several treatment options available to those with sinus infections. Some treatment methods work on some, and other treatment methods work on everyone else… and careful consideration needs to be taken when choosing an effective method for treating your sinus infection.


Treatment methods include medication, surgery, self-care, and natural solutions. All medications for sinus infections are designed to reduce inflammation, eliminate infection, promote drainage, and maintain open sinuses.


Caution: don’t ignore what you think is just a cold or flu.



Esther Smith, author

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