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Complications Bacterial sinusitis is nearly always harmless (although uncomfortable and sometimes even very painful). If an episode becomes severe, antibiotics generally eliminate further problems. In rare cases, however, sinusitis can be very serious. Osteomyelitis. Adolescent males with acute frontal sinusitis are at particular risk for severe problems. One important complication is infection of the bones (osteomyelitis) of the forehead and other facial bones. In such cases, the patient usually experiences headache, fever, and a soft swelling over the bone known as Pott's puffy tumor. Infection of the Eye Socket. Infection of the eye socket, or orbital infection, which causes swelling and subsequent drooping of the eyelid, is a rare but serious complication of ethmoid sinusitis. In these cases, the patient loses movement in the eye, and pressure on the optic nerve can lead to vision loss, which is sometimes permanent. Fever and severe illness are usually present. Blood Clot. Blood clots...
Cavernous sinus thrombosis is a blood clot in the cavernous sinus. The cavernous sinus is a cavity at the base of the brain that contains a vein, several nerves, and other structures. The vein carries deoxygenated blood from the brain and face back to the heart.
The vein and cavity run between the large bone at the base of the skull (sphenoid bone) and temporal bone (near the temple).
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
The cause of cavernous sinus thrombosis is usually a bacterial infection that has spread from the sinuses, teeth, ears, eyes, nose, or skin of the face. Persons with conditions that cause an increased risk of blood clots may also develop cavernous sinus thrombosis.
Generic Name: PSEUDOEPHEDRINE - ORAL Pronounced: (sue-doh-eff-ED-rin) Nasal & Sinus Decongestant Oral Uses
Pseudoephedrine is used for the temporary relief of stuffy
nose and sinus pain/pressure caused by infection (such as the common cold, flu)
or other breathing illnesses (such as hay fever, allergies, bronchitis).
Pseudoephedrine is a decongestant (sympathomimetic). It works by narrowing the
blood vessels to decrease swelling and congestion.
If you are self-treating with this medication, it is
important to read the manufacturer's package instructions carefully so you know
when to consult your doctor or pharmacist. (See also Precautions
Cough-and-cold products have not been shown to be safe or
effective in children younger than 6 years. Do not use this product in children
younger than 6 years unless specifically directed by the doctor. Long-acting
tablets/capsules are not recommended for use in children younger than 12 y...
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