• Risk Factors for Sinusitis

    A risk factor is something that increases your likelihood of getting a disease or condition.
    It is possible to develop sinusitis with or without the risk factors listed below. However, the more risk factors you have, the greater your likelihood of developing sinusitis. If you have a number of risk factors, ask your doctor what you can do to reduce your risk.
    Risk factors for sinusitis include the following:

    Smoking

    Smoking and being exposed to second-hand smoke increases your risk of developing sinusitis.

    Certain Medical Conditions

    The following medical conditions increase your chances of getting sinusitis:

    Age

    In general, elderly people and young people have a higher risk of developing acute bronchitis, including sinusitis.

    Gender

    Women have a greater chance of developing sinusitis than men.

    Ethnic Background

    Whites and blacks have a higher risk of developing sinusitis than do Hispanics.

    Environmental Factors

    • Traveling to high altitudes
    • Air pollution
    • Living in the Midwest or southern US

    Activities

    Flying and diving both increase your chance of getting sinusitis.

    References

    Acute sinusitis in adults. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T902952/Acute-sinusitis-in-adults. Updated September 12, 2016. Accessed August 15, 2017.

    Alho OP. Viral infections and susceptibility to recurrent sinusitis. Curr Allergy Asthma Rep. 2005;5(6):477-481

    Chronic rhinosinusitis. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T115673/Chronic-rhinosinusitis. Updated August 7, 2016. Accessed August 15, 2017.

    Sinusitis. American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery website. Available at: http://www.entnet.org/content/sinusitis. Accessed August 15, 2017.

    Sinusitis overview. American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology website. Available at: http://www.aaaai.org/conditions-and-treatments/allergies/sinusitis.aspx. Accessed August 15, 2017.

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