Can Sinusitis cause dizziness and shortness of breath?
A little background info: 23 y.o. female, in generally good health. Hx of childhood asthma, adult allergies/sinus and GAD.
I recently developed a bad case of sinusitis. I'm very congested, a lot of pressure/pain in my face, watery eyes, itchy throat, etc. I've noticed that every now and then I feel a little dizzy and like my head is tight. I also feel slightly short of breath and have heart palpitations. Is this something I should be worried about or is this normal with sinus congestion. I recently had a physical and was fine, but I am a little worried. Thanks.
Your concern is warranted. Yes, dizziness or lightheadedness can be brought on by a bad case of sinusitis, especially when one or both ears are also infected. If you also have fever of greater than 100.5 Fahrenheit, you should seek medical attention as you probably have a bacterial sinusitis and will need antibiotic therapy. Sinusitis, alone, is not ordinarily accompanied by shortness of breath or palpitations. If the shortness of breath truly is a new symptom for you and not, for example, worsening of pre-existing asthma then that would be yet another reason for you to see a doctor.
Copyright 1994-2016 MedHelp International. All rights reserved.
MedHelp is a division of Aptus Health.
This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.