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What are the causes of a sinus infection and is it preventable?

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Dr. Tony Ho
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Infectious Disease 14 years experience
Viral: The overwhelming majority of sinus infections are viral in nature, and are self-limited. They are not really preventable, as the viruses are everywhere.

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