In a major case, sinusitis or rhinosinusitis is not spreadable, but there are sinus infections that can be transmitted from one person to another. In this section, we are going to see if or not sinusitis is contagious.
The experts have different opinions on it. Usually, sinusitis is caused due to a sinus infection that is triggered by bacteria, viruses or fungi. With these microorganisms, it's more likely that this condition can be spread further amongst individuals. In that way, it can become contagious.
On another hand, it's also believed that it's not the organizations that may cause sinusitis, but it's usually the condition of one's sinuses that can make them vulnerable, more or less to infections.
Note: Infection is also spread from one to another due to such microorganisms that already live in our body only. There are no occasions required for outside contamination.
Many doctors think that sinusitis is only spread in rare cases. However, it's advisable that a person with such condition stay away from the child and elderly for prevention.
How do I check If I have a sinus infection?
Both acute sinusitis and chronic sinusitis occurs with specific symptoms. They may include:
– A plugged nose (nasal congestion)
– Facial pressure with pain
– Nasal discharge
– Sinus headache
– Mild fever
– Bad breath
One may also experience,
– Pain in ears
– Throat infection and pain.
Note: A person needs to be accurately diagnosed based upon existing symptoms, pertinent history and several physical examinations.
How long the sinusitis lasts
An acute sinus infection can last for nearly three weeks whereas a chronic sinusitis for eight weeks or more. Recurrent sinusitis that usually goes on and off may also turn into a chronic sinus infection and can last for a year as well.
The type of treatment depends upon the kind of sinusitis one has. If the symptoms of it stop, a person may consider being completely cured. At the same time, people with chronic and recurrent sinusitis may prevent the symptoms or continue experiencing the triggers for a long time.
Note: The treatment of bacterial sinusitis will differ from that of viral sinusitis.
How important is it to see an allergist / immunologist for treatment?
If your symptoms are not under control (especially in the case of chronic or recurrent sinusitis) often accompanied by continuous fever, you should see your doctor.
You will also require immediate medical care if you have
– Shortness of breath
– Severe headaches
– Inflammation on eyes or forehead etc.
Consult your doctor for the most accurate sinusitis treatment.
Be Aware. Stay disease-free!