Oftentimes doctors are asked the question “Are sinus infections contagious?” To that they will answer it is only a very rare and exceptional case. The next question is...”What causes sinus infections and how can we avoid them?” Your sinuses consist of four groups of hollow cavities which include the frontal, maxillary, sphenoid and ethmoid. When the tissues that surround the nasal passages become inflamed sinusitis occurs, also known as a sinus infection.
What Causes Sinus Infections?
Studies show what causes sinus infections are microorganisms that induce swelling of the tissue surrounding the sinus passages. Bacterial sinusitis most often occurs as a complication of a viral common cold. Bacteria are not like viruses and cannot be transmitted through the air. While they are present in the throat and nose, they need a viral infection to invade and inflame the nasal passage, but cannot be contagious solely on their own.
There are several types of sinus infections and are classified as:
~ Acute- This type is accompanied with symptoms much like a cold and includes a stuffy and runny nose and even facial pain that remains present for up to 14 days. This stage will last no longer than 4 weeks, and maybe less.
~ Subacute- This type is inflammation lasting normally from 4-8 weeks.
~ Chronic- This is when the inflammation symptoms do not subside and continue for 8 weeks or more.
~ Recurrent- Several reoccurring attacks in a year or less.
What Starts an Attack?
There are several common factors that can set up the conditions for a sinus attack, often it can be weather related with cold dry air like we can get in the winter time. Airborne pollutants, smog, pollens, and the ozone are all starting points to get a viral infection or cold that can develop into sinusitis. But are sinus infections contagious…..rarely.
What are some Sinus Infection Symptoms?
A person will feel tired, unable to breathe and may have a fever. When they move their head they will feel pressure along their nose and under their eyes. The mucus turns a dark yellow or a funky shade of green. Food does not taste or smell good, and can even be appalling. It seems no matter how much someone blows their nose their head is still plugged up accompanied by dizziness. Sinus infection and neck pain seem to go hand in hand; the eyes water, head aches and nights are sleepless.
Natural Ways to Treat Sinus Infection Symptoms
It is important to clear your upper respiratory system and to allow proper drainage to clear your sinuses. While doctors may prescribe antibiotics there is a growing concern that our bodies will become non-responsive to these drugs. An all-natural and healthy approach is to try and prevent the infection from getting started by first using natural foods, herbs and vitamins to build immune system. Some of the vitamins that are good are Vitamins A, C, E, and Zinc.
Recommended herbs include Xanthium, Cocklebur, Horseradish, Juniper Berries Fenugreek, Black Cohosh, Cayenne Pepper, Nettle, Huckleberries, Thyme, Garlic, and Eucalyptus, and Berberine containing herbs. Some foods that can help provide some relief include honey and Japanese wasabi mustard. Eat foods that are rich in vitamin A, such as carrots, mangos, sweet potatoes, and tomatoes. Avoid foods with grains and sugars. Drink hot liquids like teas and chicken broth and stay hydrated with plenty of water and juices.
A warm compress applied to the face, a long hot shower, or sitting in a hot dry sauna can also help one find some relief. This is a time that the body needs plenty of rest and pampering to get back on ones feet sooner.
Understanding the answer to the question “are sinus infections contagious” provides relief to someone. The worry of getting others sick diminishes however it does not change the illness and pain that they currently feel. The problem still remains that they’re struggling to breathe, feeling bad and ache while running a fever. It is our hope that by providing this information with our readers that the next time you have a sinus infection or friends and family ask you “are sinus infections contagious” you will have a little good news to share with them.
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