Your risk of sinusitis increases if you have recently had a cold,
bacterial infection, or an
upper respiratory tract infection. Also, chronic nasal
allergies (allergic rhinitis) can lead to sinusitis.
deviated septum, broken nose, or growths such as
nasal polypscan make you more susceptible to sinus
infections. Problems with nasal structure can prevent the proper flow of
mucus from the sinuses into the nose.
Putzing in the garden is nothing less than therapy. It's even good exercise, if you exert enough effort. But the sneezing and stuffy-headed feeling that lingers afterwards -- that's the downside of gardening with allergies.
Other factors that increase your risk for getting sinus infections
include smoking, air pollution, overuse of decongestant sprays, cold weather,
rapid air pressure changes (such as from flying or scuba diving), and swimming
in contaminated water. Also, using
continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) to treat
sleep apnea may increase the risk of sinusitis.
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
November 14, 2014
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