About Sinusitis and Dizziness

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Sinusitis and dizziness are highly related to each other. When a person has severe sinusitis, he/ she will most likely experience dizziness as well. Many people mistakenly believe that dizziness and headaches are the same. The truth is, headaches and dizziness are totally different terms. They both are the symptoms derived from sinus infection but promote different conditions. Dizziness is more like imbalance feelings. Feeling light-headed, balance-lost, and spinning head are the symptoms of dizziness. Headaches, on the other hand, refer to a condition when someone feels pain in the head. To understand more about the relation between sinusitis and dizziness, let’s take a look at the brief explanation below.

Sinuses are the small, empty caves located in the facial skull. These cavities are exposed directly with the air flows from nostril through some tiny nasal tubes. The function of these cavities is still not precisely known but experts suggest that sinus caves might have important role in regulating the intranasal pressure and help to lighten the skull. So if they are clogged with mucus or other air-borne particles, the nasal pressure will be disturbed. This is one factor that might cause the occurrence of dizziness.

Another factor that alters the body balance is the spreading infection from these sinuses. Sinuses are also connected to other respiratory tracts like Eustachian tube, the duct that connected with sinuses tracts through the nasal pharynx. At the top-side of this tube, lies a thick border that separates the Eustachian tube from the middle ear cavity. This border, called the tympanic membrane, helps to keep the middle ear cavity safe from bacterial invasions. Eustachian tube plays important role in equalizing the pressure between the outer and inner side of this membrane.

Sinus infection promotes excessive production of mucus. The mucus produced may spreads over other respiratory tracts such as the Eustachian tube. When this tube is filled with mucus, the air passage will be blocked and the tube loses its ability to maintain the pressure balance. The imbalance pressures at both the inner and outer sides of tympanic membrane results in ear-pains. The infection from sinuses may also spread to the Eustachian tube, causing swelling and inflammation in the tube and eventually, resulted in irritation of the nerves around it. Infection may also spreads from the sinuses near the eyelids. In some cases, patients can have inflamed eyelids followed by infection in the ears.

The unequal pressure on both sides of the tympanic membrane will eventually leads to the stimulation of vestibular apparatus. These apparatus are the ones that bear all the signals send by our nerves. Eye nerves send signals of our movements and sites. The nerves from inner ears sense the directions of every movement we made. The muscle nerves send signals that tell which organ takes part in the actions. All these information are supposed to be sent back to the brain. But since the nerves were infected, the signals were not delivered properly, thus leading to the over stimulation of vestibular apparatus. When these apparatus are overly stimulated, dizziness occurs.

Dizziness during sinus infection is most likely caused by infection in the ear. This indicates that further treatment is needed so don’t delay to see the doctor. For some people, an eardrop containing garlic and mullein may helps to reduce the infection. Garlic is known for its antibacterial property, thus suppressing the infection occurred in the ear. Mullein, on the other hand, is known to have mucolytic ability which will help loosening the mucus. The ear-drop may help to relieve the dizziness but surely, the source of this symptom itself must be eliminated. Sinusitis and dizziness are often can’t be separated. That’s why the best way to eliminate dizziness is by treating the sinusitis.

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