Can a Sinus Infection Cause Dizziness and Nausea?

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Sinusitis is the common term used to describe an infection of the sinuses. Your sinuses can become inflamed for a number of reasons. Inflamed sinuses can be caused by fungal, viral or bacterial infections. The four empty cavities which are referred to as the sinuses are located at the rear of the human skull. These four air pockets insulate and help to take the weight of the human skull. If the sinuses become blocked then they may become infected.  When the cavities fill up with fluid then acute sinusitis may occur. A prolonged sinus infection may result in chronic sinusitis.

Symptoms of Sinus Infection

  • Fatigue
  • Bad breath
  • Facial pain and tenderness
  • Dental pain
  • Headaches
  • Night time coughing
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea

The Complications of Sinusitis

In general children seem to be more susceptible to sinusitis complications. If a child with sinusitis develops a swollen eyelid or cheekbone they must visit the physician. An infection of the sinuses is usually treated with a course of antibiotics. However, severe sinusitis may not respond to antibiotics.

Can a Sinus Infection Cause Dizziness and Nausea

If the nasal passages are blocked and the sinuses are inflamed then the mucus cannot naturally drain away. When the tissue that lies close to the eyelids becomes infected it can cause light-headedness. Many people with a sinus infection find it difficult to maintain their balance. If the sinus infection affects the inner ear then dizziness often results.

How to Treat Dizziness Caused by a Sinus Infection?

In general the physician will recommend that you take a course of antibiotics. The antibiotic medicine will kill the infection. But the doctor may also recommend that you use prescribed decongestants to clear the blockage.

If you are feeling dizzy because you have an infection of the sinuses you should rest. Drink plenty of hot tea and soup. Sitting in a steam filled room will help to open the nasal passages and allow them to drain. Run a hot bath and sit in the steam filled room.

Sinusitis and Nausea

When the sinuses become blocked due to a sinus infection they fill up with mucus. The mucus cannot escape hence it becomes a breeding ground for viruses and bacteria. Hence alkaline mucus becomes acidic mucus. A build-up of acidic mucus can make you feel nauseous.

Overcoming Nausea Caused by a Sinus Infection

Nausea tends to be one of the most distressing symptoms of sinusitis. Avoid eating fatty foods. Eat small amounts of light carbohydrates. Try eating toast or crackers. Ginger helps to fight nausea. Eat a couple of gingersnaps or drink some ginger ale.

Finally, it is indeed true that a sinus infection can cause dizziness and nausea. If you think that you have developed sinus infection, book an assessment with Dr. Nguyen now. With 10+ years experience as an ENT expert who helped hundreds of people, Dr. Nguyen can help you too. Book an assessment, contact us or call us at (832) 463-6269 to get an effective relief from dizziness and nausea from sinus infection now!

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  1. My husband suffers a lot from sinus, can you get you sinus removed

    Comment by Ann Thompson on July 14, 2014 at 10:42 am
  2. Please send information regarding sinusitis.


    Comment by Chiti mumba on July 23, 2014 at 9:27 pm
  3. Hi Chiti,

    Thank you very much for the comment. You can find more information regarding Sinusitis in this page about Sinus Infection.

    If you need more specific information, please feel free to contact our clinic or call us at 832-237-7777

    Hope it helps!

    Comment by Admin on August 13, 2014 at 3:27 pm
  4. Hi Ann,

    Thank you very much for the question. There are many approaches to stopping the suffer from sinus. Please contact our clinic or call 832-237-7777 for a more detailed assessment with our doctor. He will discuss with you and your husband about the most appropriate method.

    Hope it helps.

    Comment by Admin on August 13, 2014 at 3:39 pm

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