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Dr. Martin Linder
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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Why do I keep getting frequent sinus infections?

Dr. Martin Linder
Board Certified, Family Medicine
38 years in practice
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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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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. TraChella Johnson Foy
Board Certified, Family Medicine
15 years in practice
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My ears keep clogging up. My doc is convinced I have sinus infections every time & gives me amoxcillian but my sympptoms get worse with the pills.?

Dr. TraChella Johnson Foy
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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My ears keep clogging up. My doc is convinced I have sinus infections every time & gives me amoxcillian but my sympptoms get worse with the pills.?

Time to see ENT: If this is ongoing it would be best to see ENT for more extensive eval- sinus ct can be done to see if there is truly a sinus infection or if something else is going on. The antibiotic alone andthat specific sounds as if it isnt right for you. You may want to discuss the possibility of chronic rhinitis for which nasal steroid/antihistamine/decongestant may be best treatment options. ...Read more

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Dr. William Forsythe
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Dr. Vladimir Zuzukin
Board Certified, ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
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I get sinus infections way too frequently now how can I stop them?

Dr. Vladimir Zuzukin
Board Certified, ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
17 years in practice
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I get sinus infections way too frequently now how can I stop them?

Recurrent sinusitis: Assuming you have periods of complete relief between your sinus infections (meaning not a chronic lingering infection) then you likely have nasal allergies likely predisposing the problem. If you can get the allergies under control, you will significantly reduce your recurring sinus infections. If allergies are not the culprit, then try a daily regimen of nasal saline irrigations for hygiene. ...Read more

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Dr. Charles Davant
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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I never used to get sinus infections. Why do I get them now?

Dr. Charles Davant
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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I never used to get sinus infections. Why do I get them now?

? Allergies: I'd bet you've developed some allergies that are either making you think it's a sinus infection or setting you up for one. ...Read more

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Dr. William Forsythe
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Dr. Martin Raff
Board Certified, Infectious Disease
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What exactly is sinus infections and how do we get them? Why do they return? Is it possible for it to be bronchitis

Dr. Martin Raff
Board Certified, Infectious Disease
51 years in practice
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What exactly is sinus infections and how do we get them? Why do they return? Is it possible for it to be bronchitis

Sinuses: The paranasal sinuses are cavities in the skull lined by ciliated mucous membranes. They connect to the nose and throat. When they are partially obstructed they can become infected and this is called sinusitis. Bronchitis is completely different, and involves the passageway into the lungs. ...Read more

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Dr. Anifat Balogun
Board Certified, ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
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Do you get a lot of sinus infections if you live in smog?

Dr. Anifat Balogun
Board Certified, ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
24 years in practice
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Do you get a lot of sinus infections if you live in smog?

Smog & sinusitis: There no studies that show a direct correlation between living in a high smog environment and frequent sinus infections. If you are getting frequent sinus infections, best to rule out allergies, avoid/ stop smoking, also stay hydrated, try a humidifier and make saline rinses your new best friend. ...Read more

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Dr. Francine Mosley
Board Certified, General Practice
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I am a 44 yo aa female I continue to get sinus infections I stopped all dairy 6/15 I have another sinus infection what can I do to make them stop?

Dr. Francine Mosley
Board Certified, General Practice
15 years in practice
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More than dairy...: Are you using any allergy meds? Unless you live out in the southwest, you prolly need to. And unless you use allergy meds regularly, you'll keep getting sinus infections. ...Read more

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Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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Why do I get frequent sinus infections all the time?

Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Board Certified, Family Medicine
32 years in practice
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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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Dr. Dale Tylor
Board Certified, Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
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I get sinus infections regularly. Would getting my tonsils removed help with this?

Dr. Dale Tylor
Board Certified, Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
14 years in practice
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I get sinus infections regularly. Would getting my tonsils removed help with this?

Unlikely: In children with chronic sinusitis, adenoidectomy can sometimes be very helpful. But while the adenoids are the cousins of the tonsils functionally, the tonsils are not removed for this issue. In adults, adenoids are typically no longer present as they shrink away with age, so that isn't a surgical option for sinusitis. And tonsillectomy is also not indicated for sinus issues in grownups. ...Read more

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Dr. David Sherris
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Why would doctors start asking about immunocompromised system just because you get repeat sinus infections?

Dr. David Sherris
Board Certified, Facial Plastic Surgery
28 years in practice
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Can be a cause: You can have mild or moderate immune deficiencies that can lead to recurrent sinus infections. Many are treatable so do not worry! ...Read more

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Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Sinusitis (Definition)

Sinusitis is inflammation of the sinuses caused by a virus, allergies, bacteria or fungus. The vast majority of sinusitis does not need antibiotics and goes away with simple remidies like NSAIDs, ...Read more


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