frequent sinus infections

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Frequent sinus infections is a clinical finding in which a person often gets infections in the sinuses, which are areas of air in the facial bones around near the nose.
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Deviated nasal septum
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Dr. Brian Novick answered:

What causes frequent sinus infections?

Usually viruses but

Allergies
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
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How can i avoid frequent sinus infections?

Limit exposures

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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
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How can i avoid frequent sinus infections?

Difficult

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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.
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What could cause frequent sinus infections?

Multiple things

Sinusitis
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.
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Frequent sinus infections! Need OTC treatment?

Limit exposures

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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
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Dr. Martin Linder answered:

Why do i keep getting frequent sinus infections?

Several reasons

Tenderness_over_sinuses
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.
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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
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Dr. Mark C. Loury answered:

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

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Sinusitis
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
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Frequent sinus infections be treated with saline drops?

Probably helpful

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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).
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What could be the cause of my frequent sinus infections?

Limit exposures

Allergies
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
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