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:
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:
- Medication, such as prolonged use of decongestant sprays
Nasal obstruction due to:
Certain chronic illnesses, including:
or a medical condition requiring a tube inserted in the nose
In general, elderly people and young people have a higher risk of developing
, including sinusitis.
Women have a greater chance of developing sinusitis than men.
Whites and blacks have a higher risk of developing sinusitis than do Hispanics.
- Traveling to high altitudes
- Air pollution
- Living in the Midwest or southern US
Flying and diving both increase your chance of getting sinusitis.
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