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What causes frequent sinus infections?

What causes frequent sinus infections?

Usually viruses but: Recurring sinus infections are more often due to virus(and not bacteria)..They can be caused by frequent exposure to others who have respiratory infections(ie, teachers, students) ;or having underlying allergies; have some "anatomic" issues with your nasal and sinus passages; or rarely a "minor" immune problem. See an allergist for a careful evaluation. There are many good treatment options. ...Read more

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Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
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Sinus (Definition)

In anatomy, a sinus is a cavity within a bone or other tissue. Most commonly found in the bones of the face and connecting with the nasal cavities. Sinus (anatomy), description of the general term paranasal sinuses, air cavities in the cranial bones, especially those near the nose, including: the maxillary sinuses, also called the maxillary antra and the largest of the ...Read more


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Frequent sinus infections and nearly constant tonsil stones. Does that mean anything?

Frequent sinus infections and nearly constant tonsil stones. Does that mean anything?

Not related: Frequent sinus infections and constant tonsil stones are not related. One does not lead to the other. See an ENT for examination and discussion of treatment options. ...Read more

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Treating an Ear Infection (Checklist)

Look for other sources of ear pain besides infection
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Ask doc if TMJ (spasm of muscles to jaw joint) is causing ear pain
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Know that middle ear fluid isn't necessarily infection
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Look for ear pain and ear drainage -- both signs of infection
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Frequent sinus infections be treated with saline drops?

Frequent sinus infections be treated with saline drops?

Probably helpful: Might use saline irrigation over drops, although some controversy.My patients have found it useful.Several things contribute to chronic sinus problems. Most issues are not truly infections, but usually more congestion. Avoid smoking and smoke exposure, explore allergies, consider nasal saline irrigation, and avoiding dairy products for 2 weeks (most adults have some version of milk allergy). ...Read more

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Frequent sinus infections! need OTC treatment?

Frequent sinus infections! need OTC treatment?

Limit exposures: Several things contribute to chronic sinus problems. Most issues are not truly infections, but usually more congestion. Avoid smoking and smoke exposure, explore allergies, consider nasal saline irrigation, and avoiding dairy products for 2 weeks (most adults have some version of milk allergy).Sometimes, recurrent issues can be from lacking some immunologic factors(iga, etc) may help identify. ...Read more

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Treating a Kidney Infection (Checklist)

Call dr if you have fever or back pain. Kidney infections are serious
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Begin your antibiotic immediately and complete the entire course
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Drink plenty of fluids to stay well-hydrated and help flush infection
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Get plenty of rest and sleep to help your body fight the infection
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What can I do to avoid/cure frequent sinus infections?

What can I do to avoid/cure frequent sinus infections?

Suggestions: True viral illness will resolve without treatment.A bacterial sinusitis usually follows a cold or allergy with escalating symptoms over 7-14 days or persisting more than 3-4 weeks. True recurrent bacterial infec are often associated with anatomic blockage of the sinus openings. Daily nasal steroids can be preventive. Be aggressive treating symptoms at cold onset. Vitamind to boost immune system. ...Read more

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Are there any good ways to prevent frequent sinus infections with bronchitis?

Are there any good ways to prevent frequent sinus infections with bronchitis?

Keep the nose workin: Over the counter decongestants regularly, a vaporizor at bed time, salene nasal spray. The nose is the guardian of your lungs. As sure as you plug up your nose you may be looking at the bronchitis. ...Read more

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Treating Eye Infections (Checklist)

Throw away any used contact lenses
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Do not occlude or cover eyes
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If you have pink eye, wash face towels with hot water separately
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How can I avoid frequent sinus infections?

How can I avoid  frequent sinus infections?

Difficult: Other than frequent hand-washing to prevent the spread of viruses and bacteria and avoiding sick contacts, there isn't a lot more you can do. Certainly controlling nasal allergies can help, with the use of nasal sprays and other meds. Saline irrigation may help. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Klein
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Sinus Pain (Definition)

Sinus pain is a symptom in which a person has pain in the sinus spaces of the face. The sinuses are hollow spaces in the facial bones, with the largest spaces in each cheekbone and in the forehead. Sinus infections can cause sinus pressure, sinus pain, headaches, fever, cloudy ...Read more


Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more