What Causes A Sinus Infection?
A good article this week from the folks at Health.com: 13 Sneaky Causes of Sinus Trouble. More than many pieces in the popular press, this one covers a full range of possibilities that can lead to sinus distress, including some rare culprits like nasal polyps and overuse of medications.
As a Los Angeles ENT, I often get asked about what might be causing the pain of a sinus infection. It’s good to know the answer to such questions, especially because environmental or behavioral issues are often fixable. The difficult part is teasing out one root cause from the all background noise of other suspects: unlike we see on House, medical etiology and diagnosis are time-intensive processes.
One of the best ways to discover a permanent solution that works for you is to start slow – eliminate possible allergens from your home, stop smoking and try to avoid catching a respiratory illness like the flu. That’s the low-hanging fruit. As you explore further possibilities, it may be time to see a sinus expert in LA or beyond who can run some more advanced tests.
My Los Angeles sinus surgery office has long been at the cutting edge of diagnostic tools; we have a CT scan on the premises and take the time to do a full history and checkup with every patient before recommending further steps.
If you have been struggling with repeat sinus infections and want to avoid this issue in the decades to come, please contact the experienced sinus team at the Los Angeles Sinus Institute today.