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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    How often does sinusitis reoccur?

    Recently I had my first proper sinus infection which was one of the worst experiences in my life! It was incredibly painful and I needed my first antibiotic in years to clear it up. Am I likely to get a sinus infection again when I next get a cold? Is this now a weakness in my body?
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  • Dr Teresa Wong

    GP (General Practitioner)

    I love medicine! My special interest areas are mental health, pain management, pediatrics and musculoskeletal injuries. Having said that there is no area in medicine … View Profile

    I'm so sorry to hear about your sinus infection. They can be really traumatic! Well to answer your question your body has not necessarily developed a weakness or tendency towards further sinus infections. A great way to prevent that is to use a saline nasal spray daily. It's simple and natural.

  • Dr David McIntosh

    Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) Surgeon

    David McIntosh is an Australian trained ENT surgeon with international experience. His areas of interest are paediatrics, nose and sinus disease, and providing access to … View Profile

    You should be reassured that as a once off event thus far, there is nothing else you should read into your experience. The only advice to take on board is that if you (or anyone else that reads this having had a similar experience) are a smoker, this is a really good reason to motivate yourself to quit as we know smoking harms the sinuses. 

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