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SherrieMcgraw posted:
I really would like to know what are some of the long term effects of untreated cronic sinus infection? Also I read that it can go into the bone area of the jaw and the eye area? Will the lining of the sinus cavities get a build up of bacteria over time and cause the mucas and infection to go else where? even drip down the back of the throat? Do clogged sinuses cause verdigo and dizziness as well as hearing a sloshing and popping sound? Sorry for all the questions but I realy have no one to ask that will not tell me "Your fine", "Just take these". Please, Please answer. Thank You.
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Jordan_Josephson_MD responded:
SherrieMcGraw:

You should never feel like you can?t ask your doctor a question. If you do, then you need to find a doc that you are comfortable with. My book Sinus Relief Now is a great start for you. It will go into more detail than I can in this short note. You should pick up a copy and read it and it will be a good source of reference for future questions that you can discuss with your physicians.

In any case, here goes? Chronic sinusitis can lead to many long term side effects. For one, you are living with an infection that goes into your blood stream. This is probably bad for your organs in general. The infection can cause eustachian tube dysfunction which can lead to hearing loss and dizziness and ringing in the ear tinnitus. It can give you fluid in your ear which can cause the popping sounds that you speak of. Furthermore, because it can cause mouth breathing it can cause dehydration which can cause dizziness. It can also cause bad breathe because the infection can spread to your teeth and your mouth where it can cause gingivitis and cavities and dental disease which gives you bad breathe which is termed halitosis.

In general, patients with chronic sinus infections will probably have had one or many previous episodes of acute infections which have failed to be completely cured or have recurred several times. They may also complain of having a continuous cold. Other common symptoms include nasal congestion; increased mucus production, which may lead to a post nasal drip and may vary in color from clear to white, or yellow to green; pressure headaches which may be mild to severe occurring above or behind the eyes, in the cheeks, or in the forehead; a feeling of constant lack of energy or tiredness; and foul smelling or bad breath. Additionally, the patient may have a decreased or absent sense of smell or flavor appreciation; chronic cough or sore throat; hoarseness or constant clearing of the throat; and worsening of bronchitis or asthma.

Often patients with chronic sinus problems are treated with antibiotics and other medicines at which time their symptoms disappear, only to return soon after the medicines have been stopped.

Furthermore, when the infection drips into your stomach it can cause gastroesophageal reflux which can make things worth and give you stomach breathe. Although rare, the infection can spread to your eye and your brain. It can give you conjunctivitis, swollen eyes, and headaches and even meningitis. Overall, people with sinus problems do not breathe well and their sleeping is affected which can make them tired. It can lead to snoring and sleep apnea which can cause heart disease. It is also known that sleep apnea (they have periods where they stop breathing and the amount of oxygen in their blood stream drops) can lead to heart attack and stroke.

If you suffer from sinus problems, it is my recommendation that you read Sinus Relief Now and that you get to a board certified Otolaryngologist that treats sinus problems.

I hope that this has answered some of your question. Here?s to a cleaner, happier and healthier life in the future. Let us know how you are doing.

All the best

DrJ
 
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blee101 responded:
I too have been suffering from chronic sinus infection. I posted my note today. the dripping down the back of the throat is post nasal drip. i have been awakened from deep sleep with something that feels like vertigo wants to start but as soon as I sit up it stops. The dr. says that it is probably the congestion causing that as I am lying down. It does feel frightening to experience that. The infection this time has lasted about two months. Also the sloshing sound you are hearing is probably tinnitis I have that as well and it can be ringing or a whishing sound. I hope you have had answers since May 15th before mine.
 
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naughtykittenbadcat responded:
For Many of years this has been going on. I will get hot sweets, then throw up mucus. I'll get freezing cold. sleep. get hot sweets where water pours out of me, throw mucus up again. This can go on for two- three days. this can happen two three times a month. I lay in bed and after half an hour my body will jump. I'll be up all night. I've taken antibiotics for 21 day's. but then I'm told viral infections aren't cured by antibiotics. I've had a cat scan on my sinus. which came out clear. I am now seeing a neurologist twice so far. He says I have depression, migraines, and fibromyalgia. He thinks I have feeling of things in my past that happened to me all bundled up and is causing me to get sick. I'm still in pain. nothing given for my fibromyalgia. just depression pills from my family doctor. It's hard to keep a job. I NEED HELP,SOME ADVICE.
 
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naughtykittenbadcat responded:
reading webmd, I SAID ''hay I GOT that too. jaw pain along with everything else I wrote before in (naughtykittenbadcat). Maybe it would be a good idea to bring it up to my doctor. How often does someone reply to these's blog's?
 
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Bundtcake1 replied to blee101's response:
Had sinus infections all my life. Found out about 3 years ago I was allergic to milk and when I cut out all dairy my sinus trouble decreased by 90%. I do always live with a sinus infection and am starting to wonder if its the cause of my hypersomnia, muscle pain, and tiredness.
 
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Hollylovesbobby responded:
I have been suffering from chronic sinusitis for 11 months now. It is awful! It started from a cold that I had for 2 weeks that never went away. My first symptom was weakness, and when this stated I went to the doctors and got put on antibiotics but I did not know it was a sinus infection at this time. I felt great when I was on the antibiotics but when they wore off the feeling of hell came right back. Other symptoms I experienced were a tingling sensation that went down the tops of my arms into the backs of my hands. I was put on 4 different antibiotics b/f I finally went to a specialist. The specialist put me on an antibiotic and flonase (a steroid nose spray) which helped but still hasn't completely cured me. I am now taking this into my own hands and am taking advil cold and sinus every 4-6 hours along with my flonase, hot compresses, hot tea, neal med sinus rinse, breath right strips at night, cough drops, and a lot of water. (The hot compresses and the advil which is an anti inflammatory has helped the most!) I am feeling clearer and clearer everday! I recomend the advil cold and sinus but make sure to take it b/f it's time runs out. I am not a doctor but I went to several and none of them have helped me. This is just what I know from experience w/ my own symptoms. Hope this helps!


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