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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

Dr. Austina Cho
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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 your doctor about TMJ (spasm of muscles to jaw joint), as it could cause ear pain
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Look for ear pain or ear drainage, as they are both signs of infection
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See a doctor if you think you have an ear 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 your doctor if you have a fever or back pain
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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 to help flush the 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 your eyes
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If you have pink eye, wash face towels separately with hot water
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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

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Why do I get frequent sinus infections all the time?

Why do I get frequent sinus infections all the time?

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 Bladder Infection (Checklist)

Ask your doctor about taking an antibiotic
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Drink plenty of fluids to help dilute the urine and flush the bladder
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Avoid irritating fluids and food, such as caffeine, citrus, alcohol, and spicy foods
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Take an over-the-counter urinary analgesic for pain and to soothe the bladder
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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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How can I avoid frequent sinus infections?

How can I avoid frequent sinus infections?

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 Clostridium Difficile Infection (Checklist)

Minimize use of broad spectrum antibiotics, as clostridium difficile infection is a common complication
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Stay out of hospitals as much as possible
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Use probiotics to outcompete the clostridium difficile bacteria
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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

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What could cause frequent sinus infections?

Multiple things: Frequent colds (uri), nasal allergies, hay fever, smoking, nasal polyps, septal deviation, turbinate enlargement, and foreign material in the nose (common in kids) can lead to sinus infections. ...Read more

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Managing Neck Pain (Checklist)

Use your pain medication as directed
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Avoid fast movements
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See your doctor if your neck pain hasn't improved in 1 week
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Why do I keep getting frequent sinus infections?

Why do I keep getting frequent sinus infections?

Several reasons: Normally the sinuses drain into the nasal cavity. In some patients drainage can be inadequate because of scarring, tumor or congenital reasons. Alternatively other patients suffer from chronic mucosal inflammation due to allergies, recurrent upper respiratory infections, smoking or other irritants. Both conditions can cause recurrent sinus infections. ...Read more

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Why do I get frequent sinus infections all the time?

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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Managing Knee Pain (Checklist)

Try to determine the cause
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If swollen, ice the knee with a bag of ice, frozen peas, etc.
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See a doctor
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Consider seeing a physical therapist
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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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What could be the cause of my frequent sinus infections?

What could be the cause of my frequent sinus infections?

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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Managing Pain from Cancer (Checklist)

Ask an oncologist to refer you to a cancer pain specialist
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Ask a pain specialist about both interventional and medication options
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If you have pancreatic cancer, ask about a celiac plexus block
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If you have neuropathy, request a trial of ketamine-based topical creams
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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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I am prone to very frequent sinus infections. I live in the desert - should I avoid the very cold, extremely dry winter air? Would face covering help?

Sinus infection: Cold, dry air can predispose you to infection. Moisturizing your nasal passages with saline nasal spray or even saline irrigation may be helpful. Keeping your nose and mouth covered with a scarf or mask when outdoors can also help keep your nose more moist. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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Living with Ongoing Pain (Checklist)

Go to a physician who is trained to treat chronic pain
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Continue to look for more therapies that might be right for you
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Make sure to keep moving, as pain will only get worse
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Consider counseling for coping strategies
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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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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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Managing Back Pain (Checklist)

Lose weight
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Reduce stress by moving gracefully with tai chi, yoga, or dance
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Increase flexibility with gentle exercises and/or physical therapy
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Gradually increase muscle tone and strength to support your back
Daily
Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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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


Dr. Thomas Klein
774 Doctors shared insights

Sinus Pain (Definition)

Sinus pain = discomfort in cavities in the head & face. This may be due to congestion or infection of the sinuses. See this article on sinus ...Read more