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Can you catch a sinus and ear infections from a child your babysitting for? last month my granddaughter got two ear infections and sinus infection then i did and now she has gotten all that again and i have it again. i was told i couldn't catch it from h

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Hello. : Hello. Your granddaughter could have transmitted a virus or bacteria to you. However, that does not mean that the germ would necessarily express it self the same way. For instance, you granddaughter might have a cold which you "catch". You might then develop a cold, but the germs could move to your sinuses and you develop a sinus infection. Or the cold could cause congestion which closes off on your eustachian tube- so you now develop ear symptoms.
Dr. Franklyn Gergits
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Contagious sinusitis: Hello, it's more likely you are exposed to viral infections that are leading to airway infections. Wash hands, clean and disinfect. Saline nasal wash after your exposures to your grandchild or anyone sick.

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