Health Tip: If You Have Sinus Problems

- Sinusitis, an inflammation of the sinuses, can lead to a sinus infection.

Knowing what triggers your sinusitis can help you prevent -- or at least prepare -- for the problem. The U.S. National Library of Medicine lists these factors that can cause sinus problems:

  • Exposure to air pollution or cigarette smoke.
  • Diving or swimming.
  • Excessive use of nasal decongestants.
  • Exposure to an allergen or another foreign substance that enters the nasal passages.
  • Undergoing an abrupt change in altitude, such as when flying.
  • Having certain medical conditions, including GERD, pregnancy and asthma.
  • Having dental work or suffering a head injury.

Posted: January 2008


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