Are Sinus Infections Contagious?

November 24, 2011 | Author: | Posted in Health

Sinusitis is a condition which affects more than 30 million people in the United States every year. Symptoms include the excretion of thick yellow or green mucus, headaches, tooth pain, post nasal drip, a sore throat, fatigue and bad breath. Sinus infections generally tend to clear up within the course of a week, but chronic sufferers may experience bouts which last for months. The best way to fight off a bacterial sinus infection is with antibiotics. Viral sinus infections, on the other hand, usually resolve themselves while fungal sinusitis may require surgical intervention.

As an experienced sinusitis sufferer, one of the most common questions people ask me is “Are sinus infections contagious?”

The short and sweet answer to this question is ‘no’, as bacterial, viral and fungal sinus infections are caused by the accumulation of mucus in the nasal passage. This accumulation of mucus blocks the passage of air, creating the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and fungus.

This being said, sinus infections are often the result of a cold or the flu, both of which are extremely contagious. As such, it is best to avoid contact with those infected with a cold or the flu, especially if you are prone to sinusitis.

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