Sphenoid Sinusitis: A Serious Sinus Infection

By Alley Benton
Updated January 19, 2017
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Sphenoid Sinusitis: A Serious Sinus InfectionThe sphenoid sinuses are located just beyond the skull, beneath the pituitary gland and above the nasopharynx. Though it is difficult to identify diseases that take place within this area because of its location, the problems that occur as a result of sphenoid sinus infections can be very serious.

In fact, sphenoid sinusitis is considered to be one of the most dangerous types of sinus infections - particularly because it can rapidly progress.

The Symptoms and Signs of Sphenoid Sinusitis:

In most cases, the symptoms associated with this kind of sinusitis are similar to the symptoms you might expect from any other type of sinus infection. A patient might experience the discharge of mucus, a cold, headaches, neck pain, and a reduced sense of smell.

Most people can only begin to notice if the infection has moved into the sphenoid sinus when they feel some pain towards the back of their neck or the top of their head. In some cases, the pain might be felt on one side of the face. Diagnosing this condition is very difficult, and doctors often need to get samples of sweat and blood in order to see if fungi or bacteria might be growing in the sinus.

Only 3% of people suffer from sphenoid sinusitis. However, the big problem is that it frequently causes a constant dull headache that simply doesn't go away. In some cases, the headache can even cause problems that prevent you from walking, sitting, or standing as you normally would. In fact, the pain that is associated with sphenoid sinus infections are generally so severe that even the strongest painkillers available like morphine don't always work. As such, the pain often prevents sleep and can lead to serious problems.

You may need to have an operation to deal with the sinus infection and get rid of the excess bacteria that have begun to build up and cause pain around the sinus area.

Do Not Take Sphenoid Sinusitis Lightly:

Although this type of sinusitis is rare because it is very difficult for bacteria to get to the sphenoid sinuses, this should not be taken lightly. The progressive growth of an infection within the sphenoid gland can sometimes lead to neurological damage, and of all the sinuses, the sphenoid is generally the most sensitive due to its connection between the optic nerve and the sinus.

Understanding how to pinpoint the symptoms and signs of sphenoid infections is extremely useful. After all, if the infection remains in one place for too long without treatment, it can easily begin to spread to other areas within the sinus. This can be incredibly dangerous If all the sinuses are affected, you may also find that it is very difficult to treat all infections at once.

As is the case with most medical conditions, it's worth noting that issues of this kind are best prevented instead of cured. A person must eat healthy foods, and abstain from eating too much starchy or fried foods that could worsen sinus infections.

If you are concerned about the possibility of having sphenoid sinusitis, speak to your doctor immediately!

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