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If I have a sinus infection am I contagious to others?

If I have a  sinus infection am I contagious to others?

No: A sinus infection is a localized infection of the sinus cavities/passages. It is bacterial. There is usually no way to spread this to another person. Nothing is absolute but in generally my answer is no. ...Read more

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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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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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Is a sinus infection contagious?

Is a sinus infection contagious?

Can be, yes: Can be, yes, if due to a virus which can be contagious: ie, from adenovirus. ...Read more

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How long will i be contagious for with a sinus infection or cold?

How long will i be contagious for with a sinus infection or cold?

There is difference: Most people do not transmit sinus infections; most clinicians agree that except for rare instances, sinus infections are not contagious expect in rare cases. A person infected with a cold virus may be contagious for two to three days before any symptoms appear and remain so until he or she doesn't show any symptoms. This is a period of up to two weeks or so. ...Read more

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Is a sinus infection contagious?

Is a sinus infection contagious?

Could be: True sinus infections are not very contagious. Many upper respiratory infections are mistaken for sinus infections these are more contagious. ...Read more

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Is sinus infection contagious through kissing?

Is sinus infection contagious through kissing?

Sinus infection: If your sinusitis is due to a general viral infection, then yes it is transmissible through intimate contact. ...Read more

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Is viral sinus infection contagious before symptoms show up initially or is it contagious only after symptoms come out?

Is viral sinus infection contagious before symptoms show up initially or is it contagious only after symptoms come out?

Both, for the virus.: The virus is contagious just before the symptoms appear, and during the first part of the symptomatic illness. There is no way to predict in an individual person when he will no longer be contagious (many people ask about this, but one can only guess when he will no longer be spewing viruses). However, the sinusitis may not be contagious, meaning not all who catch the virus actually get sinusitis. ...Read more

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Is viral sinus infection contagious only during first few days or until the sickness lasts?

Is viral sinus infection contagious only during first few days or until the sickness lasts?

Entire time: Consider yourself contagious the entire illness. Viral contagion can start couple days before symptoms start. Be sure it's really a infection & not an allergic or non-allergic rhinitis or sinus condition. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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Whats the best way to get a rid of a sinus infection without going to the doctor. Is a sinus infection contagious also?

Whats the best way to get a rid of a sinus infection without going to the doctor. Is a sinus infection contagious also?

Depends: Most "sinus infections" are actually viral upper respiratory infections that require time to heal. Acute bacterial sinusitis can be cured spontaneously but a doctor's diagnosis and antibiotics will hasten the cure. ...Read more

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Is a sinus infection contagious ? My baby sounds congested now, did I get him sick ? I have baby saline , what else can I do? 3month old

Is a sinus infection contagious ? My baby sounds congested now, did I get him sick ? I have baby saline , what else can I do? 3month old

Sinus infection: The sinus infection is not necessarily contagious as a sinus infection BUT the bacteria or virus that causes it can be transmitted to the baby. To treat congestion in a young infant: elevate the head of the crib where the baby sleeps or use the car seat, saline nasal drops followed by suctioning, extra pedialyte to liquefy the mucous. Good Luck! ...Read more

Dr. Scott Keith
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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


Contagious (Definition)

One is able to transmit an infection to another by ...Read more