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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

Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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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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I never used to get sinus infections. Why do I get them now?

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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I get sinus infections way too frequently now how can I stop them?

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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Get sinus infections every winter from dry air. Would personal steamers help? Is it bad to use them?

Get sinus infections every winter from dry air. Would personal steamers help? Is it bad to use them?

Ok: If you are using the steamer just for 15 minutes 2 to 3 x daily, you may be able to reduce the risk for sinusitis (not scientifically proven however). If you use the steamer continuously especially in the bedroom, it may encourage mold and dust mite growth. If you choose to use a humidifier, make sure the relative humidity does not exceed 50% and the container gets cleaned to prevent mold growth ...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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Do you get a lot of sinus infections if you live in smog?

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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What exactly is sinus infections and how do we get them? Why do they return? Is it possible for it to be bronchitis

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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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?

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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How can I get rid of regular sinus infections?

How can I get rid of regular sinus infections?

See an ENT doctor: You may have a anatomical abnormaality predisposing to infections like a deviated nasal septum. You may want to see an ENT physician. ...Read more

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Can a sinus infections reacurrance happen if you don't get treatment !

Yes: If you have a sinus infection that is inadequately treated, it can flare up again. It can also occur even with adequate treatment. If you have a vulnerability and exposure to an infectious agent, the infection will recur. ...Read more

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Dr. Chad Levitt
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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
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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