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How do sinus infections work?Is it usually a cold that has progressed to this level or what?

And if it is from an initial cold..is that contagious?
And if its NOT a cold..then is the sinus infection itself contagious?

I know..I probably sound stupid but my brain isnt' working,lol.
I'm seriously confused about this!
I've never had to deal with sinus infection problems before.

 
kimberlyinberea

Asked by kimberlyinberea at 4:34 PM on Jun. 1, 2011 in Kids' Health

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Answers (4)
  • There are many causes to sinus infections. Usually it happens because the sinuses cannot drain properly due to inflammation. This can be caused by colds or allergies. It is not usually contagious. It is bacterial not viral.
    motherofhope98

    Answer by motherofhope98 at 6:01 PM on Jun. 1, 2011

  • Sinus infections can be contagious. We just passed something around in our house the past week or so. Doc said all was sinus related that led to ear infections for a couple of my kids.
    pookiekins34

    Answer by pookiekins34 at 4:36 PM on Jun. 1, 2011

  • I just read earlier today that some sinus infections are actually a fungus infection and that's why antibiotics don't clear them up like the do the bacterial kind.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:49 PM on Jun. 1, 2011

  • they san be contagious
    rinamomof2

    Answer by rinamomof2 at 1:12 PM on Jun. 11, 2011

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