Sinus Infection Spreads to Brain Symptoms

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Typically, the infection is derived from elsewhere in the body – especially viral /bacterial infection that first starts in the sinuses, ears, and upper respiratory tract. In less common cases, other causes include autoimmune disorders, certain medications, and fungal infection.

Studies have shown that meningitis is relatively more common in the elderly (over age 55), young adults (especially those at the age between 15 and 25), and children (age 5 or younger). And it’s also thought that the effect of meningitis is more serious in people with autoimmune disease, chronic disease, or damaged spleen.


It is inflammation of the brain. It can be triggered by inflammation or infection elsewhere in the body such as in the sinuses.

Brain absences

The sinus infection that spread to the brain may cause an abscess. This can be a consequence of when the infection causes swelling and inflammation in the brain.

The infected brain cells, dead bacteria, or white blood cells are accumulated in an area of the brain. Then this area is surrounded by tissues that create a mass (abscess).

How to tell if sinus infection has spread to brain?

Although sinus infection  is usually mild, seek medical help promptly if it doesn’t improve after a few days of home remedies and lifestyle measures – and you have:

  1. Pain in the lower eyelid and upper teeth.
  2. Chronic, mild pain in the face that persists or last longer than 4 weeks.
  3. Headache that doesn’t relieve with over-the-counter painkillers.
  4. Cold symptoms (such as runny nose, cough, fatigue, and sneezing) are common in sinusitis. But if they last longer than usual, it’s better to see a doctor.
  5. Thick nasal discharge becomes green or yellow.

You might also like to read warning signs of dangerous sinus infection.

If there are any symptoms that suggest a potential, serious complication of sinus infection – immediate medical attention is necessary! The symptoms of when it has spread to the brain may include: