• Sinusitis Risk Factors

Risk Factors

Sinusitis can affect any individual anytime but there are other medical conditions which increase the risk for developing Sinusitis and include:

  • Infections- Upper respiratory infections such as recent cold and ear infections are also associated with sinusitis
  • Age variations- Elderly people have a higher risk of developing sinusitis because their nasal passages tend to dry out with age
  • Nasal abnormalities- Certain nasal conditions can cause obstruction in the nose and provide added support to the development of Sinusitis, like:
    • Nasal Polyps
    • Deviated septum
    • Facial bone abnormalities
    • Swollen Adenoids
    • Cleft Palate
  • Allergies- People with Asthma or Allergies are at higher risk for non-infectious inflammation in the sinuses
  • Injuries- Some hospitalized patients are at higher risk for sinusitis with head injuries and insertion of tubes through the nose
  • High altitudes- Flying and diving both increase your chance of getting sinusitis
  • Lower immune system- Persons with weak immune system such as AIDS, Chemotherapy, Organ transplant and other inflammatory conditions like Diabetes, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease and Cystic Fibrosis are at higher risk