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Can a sinus infection be transmitted to another person?
                      








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Yes since it's viral or bacterial infection.
Sinus Infection
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Synonyms and related keywords: sinusitis, rhinosinusitis, ethmoiditis, sphenoiditis, antritis

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Author: Barnett R Kantz, DO, Staff Physician, Departments of Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine, Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital
Coauthor(s): Linda Varon-Thomas, MD, Program Director, Department of Emergency Medicine, St John Oakland Hospital


Barnett R Kantz, DO, is a member of the following medical societies: American College of Emergency Physicians, American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians, American Medical Association, and American Osteopathic Association

Editor(s): Scott H Plantz, MD, FAAEM, Research Director, Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine; Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD, Senior Pharmacy Editor, eMedicine; Mark S Slabinski, MD, Director, Emergency Services, Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center; Jonathan Adler, MD, Instructor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital; and Thomas Rebbecchi, MD, FAAEM, Program Director, Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey

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Sinus infection or sinusitis is an inflammation of the sinuses and nasal passages. It can also cause sinus pressure on one side or headache or both behind or between the eyes, nose, or cheek. Also present may be nasal congestion with thick nasal secretions, cough, fever, and bad breath. Sinusitis is further defined as acute or chronic (this type occurs most often).

Any disruption in the normal host defenses inside your sinuses may allow bacteria normally present in the nasal passages to enter any of the sinuses. Once there, the bacteria may stick to the lining cells and cause a sinus infection.

Acute sinusitis usually lasts less than 8 weeks or occurs no more than 3 times per year with each episode lasting no longer than 10 days. It is usually treated successfully with medications with no remaining damage to the mucous lining of the sinuses and surrounding bone of the skull.
Chronic sinusitis lasts longer than 8 weeks or occurs more than 4 times per year with symptoms usually lasting more than 20 days.
Anatomy of the sinuses: In the human skull, there are 4 major pairs of hollow air-filled sacks called sinuses. These help to reduce the weight and insulate the skull and allow the voice to resonate. These sinuses interconnect the space running from the nostrils and nasal passage, and are therefore called paranasal sinuses.

Frontal sinuses (in the forehead)

Maxillary sinuses (behind the cheek bones)

Ethmoid sinuses (between the eyes)

Sphenoid sinuses (behind the eyes)
These sinuses are covered with a layer of mucus and cells containing little hairs called cilia on their surface. These help to trap and propel bacteria and pollutants outward. The nasal passage is connected to the paranasal sinuses through a channel called the osteomeatal complex (OMC).

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Acute sinusitis most commonly follows a viral infection in the upper respiratory tract, but it may be triggered by allergy-causing substances or pollutants. The virus causes damage to the lining cells of the sinus, which leads to inflammation. The lining thickens with fluid leading to obstruction of the nasal passage that connects to the sinuses. Bacteria normally present in the nasal passages are no longer able to be cleared and begin to multiply and invade the lining of the sinus, thus causing symptoms. Allergens and pollutants have a similar effect.

Bacteria that normally cause acute sinusitis are Streptococcus pneumoniae, Haemophilus influenzae, and Moraxella catarrhalis. The same microorganisms are involved in chronic sinusitis with the addition of Staphylococcus aureus and anaerobes (bacteria that live in the absence of oxygen).
Fungi are also becoming an increasing cause of chronic sinusitis, especially in people with immune systems weakened from AIDS, leukemia, and diabetes, for example.
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Signs and symptoms are based upon which sinuses are affected and whether the sinus infection is acute or chronic.

Acute sinusitis
Ethmoid sinusitis (in sinuses located behind the eyes)

Nasal congestion with discharge or postnasal drip

Pain or pressure around the inner corner of the eye or down one side of the nose

Headache in the temple or surrounding the eye

Symptoms worse when coughing, straining, or lying on the back and improve when the head is upright
Maxillary sinusitis (in sinuses located behind the cheek bones)

Pain across the cheekbone, under or around the eye, or around the upper teeth

May be on one side or both

Tender, red, or swollen cheekbone

Worsened with the head upright and improved with reclining

Nasal discharge or postnasal drip

Fever common
Frontal sinusitis (forehead, one or both sides)

Severe headaches in the forehead

Fever common

Pain worse when lying on the back and when pressing against the area over the eye on the side closest to the nose; improves with the head upright

Nasal discharge or postnasal drip
Sphenoid sinusitis (in sinuses behind the eyes)

Deep headache with pain behind and on top of the head, across the forehead, and behind the eye

Fever common

Pain worse when lying on the back or bending forward

Double vision or vision disturbances if extension into the brain

Nasal discharge or postnasal drip
Chronic sinusitis
Ethmoid sinusitis

Chronic nasal discharge, obstruction, and low-grade discomfort across the bridge of the nose

Pain worse in the late morning or when wearing glasses

Chronic sore throat and bad breath

Usually recurs in other sinuses
Maxillary sinusitis

Discomfort or pressure below the eye

Chronic toothache

Colds, flu, or allergies may worsen pain

Discomfort increases throughout the day with increased cough at night
Frontal sinusitis

Persistent, low-grade headache in the forehead

History of trauma or damage to the sinus area
Sphenoid sinusitis

Low-grade general headache common
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  HOME CARE Section 5 of 13
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Home care can help open and alleviate the dryness in the sinuses.

Promote drainage

Increase daily fluid intake by drinking lots of water and hydrating beverages. Hot tea is often recommended.

Inhale steam 2-4 times per day. Do this by leaning over a bowl of boiling hot water (not while the water is on the stove) or use a steam vaporizer with a towel over the head and bowl to prevent the escape of the steam. Inhale the steam for about 10 minutes. A hot, steamy shower may also be used. Mentholated preparations such as Vicks Vapo-Rub can be added to the water or vaporizer to aid in opening the passageways.
Thin the mucus: Expectorants are drugs that help to expel mucus from the lungs and respiratory passages. They help to thin mucous secretions, enhancing drainage from the sinuses. The most common is guaifenesin (contained in Robitussin, for example). Over-the-counter liquid cough medications or prescription tablets can also combine decongestants and cough suppressants to reduce symptoms, as well as to eliminate the need for the use of many medications. Read label ingredients to find the right combination of ingredients or ask the pharmacist for help.
Relieve pain: Pain medication such as ibuprofen (Motrin and Advil are examples), aspirin, and acetaminophen (Tylenol is in this category) can reduce pain and inflammation. These medications will help to open the airways by reducing swelling.
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Call the doctor whenever you have pain or pressure in your upper face with nasal congestion or discharge, postnasal drip (mucus drips down your throat behind your nose), or bad breath that is unrelated to dental problems. Fever is often present. The distinction is the facial pain or headaches. Simple congestion with a low-grade fever is likely a simple cold and does not need special medications or antibiotics.   WHEN TO GO TO THE HOSPITAL Section 7 of 13
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Complications of sinusitis, if left undiagnosed and untreated, may lead to severe medical problems and even death. Although all of these complications are medical emergencies and require immediate treatment in a hospital's Emergency Department, simple sinusitis can often be handled by your doctor.

Headache, fever, and soft tissue swelling over the frontal sinus may indicate an infection of the frontal bone (osteomyelitis) called Pott's Puffy Tumor. This is usually seen in children.
Infection of the eye socket may result from ethmoid sinusitis. The eyelid may swell and become droopy. Fever and severe illness are usually present. You may lose the ability to move the eye and then may become permanently blind.
Ethmoid or frontal sinusitis may also cause the formation of a blood clot in the sinus area around the front and top of the face. Symptoms may be similar to infection of the eye socket with the addition of a fixed and dilated pupil. This condition usually affects both sides of the face.
If mild personality changes, headache, altered consciousness, visual problems, or seizures are noted, infection may have spread to the brain. Coma and even death may follow.
  PHYSICIAN DIAGNOSIS Section 8 of 13
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The diagnosis of sinus infection is usually made by a thorough medical history and physical exam. It is important to adequately distinguish true sinusitis from a simple URI (upper respiratory infection) or the common cold. Although true sinusitis can be viral (meaning no antibiotics are needed), it is often bacterial and does need antibiotics. Simple upper respiratory infections or colds are all viral. No antibiotics will help and these should not be prescribed for these conditions. It is imperative that you and your doctor understand the distinction, because overtreatment with antibiotics for viral conditions is a serious problem.

CT scan: In most cases, no tests or x-rays are needed to make the diagnosis of acute sinusitis. When needed, though, the CT scan is chosen over plain x-rays because of their clarity and ability to visualize all of the paranasal sinuses, the nasal passages, and the surrounding structures. A CT may show a sinus infection if 1 of these conditions is present:

Air-fluid levels in 1 or more sinuses

Total blockage in 1 or more sinuses

Thickening of the inner lining (mucosa) of the sinuses
A positive CT scan must be correlated with your symptoms and physical exam. Mucosal thickening alone has been found in people without symptoms of sinusitis.

In the past, doctors relied on plain x-rays to make the diagnosis because the symptoms of acute sinusitis are very similar to an acute upper respiratory tract infection (URI). In fact, most of the time a viral infection is required to promote sinusitis. However, these films are not specific and depend on a good technique by the technician. Sinusitis is missed on plain x-rays about 55% of the time, according to one study. If symptoms continue beyond 7-10 days and are associated with an uncomplicated cold, a diagnosis of sinusitis may be possible.
Ultrasound: Another noninvasive diagnostic tool is ultrasound. It is less expensive than a CT scan, fast, and reliable. However, it is not as specific as a CT scan and has not been widely accepted by the medical community, especially among ear, nose, and throat physicians (ENTs, also known as otorhinolaryngologists). This is partly due to the fact that CT offers more detailed anatomy to the ENT to help plan possible surgery.
Follow-up diagnosis: If you are still having symptoms despite adequate therapy, a referral to an ear, nose, and throat specialist may be made.
Besides specializing in sinusitis, the ENT can directly visualize the nasal passages and the OMC (passage into the sinuses) with a nasopharyngoscope. This is a fiberoptic, flexible tube that can be inserted through the nose and enables the doctor to view the passageways and see if the OMC is open and draining right. Anatomical reasons for breathing difficulties may also be found, such as a deviated nasal septum, nasal polyps, and enlarged adenoids and tonsils, to name a few.
An ENT may also drain the affected sinus looking for actual organisms. This, however, is a more invasive study. During this procedure, a doctor inserts a needle through the skin of the face (or inside the mouth through the gums) and bone and then into the sinus in an attempt to withdraw fluid, which can be sent to the lab for culture. If bacteria are present, they can be readily identified, usually in less than 2 days, and appropriate antibiotics can be started or switched if you are already taking these medications. This technique is rarely used mainly because the CT scan is so clear, because it is uncomfortable, and because standard antibiotics are usually effective without knowing the exact bacterial cause.
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The main goals in treating a sinus infection or sinusitis involve reducing the swelling or inflammation in the nasal passages and sinuses, eliminating the infection, promoting drainage from the sinuses, and maintaining open sinuses.

Reduce inflammation: Cells in the blood and lining cells of the mucosa in the sinuses can normally fight off foreign invaders. But when overwhelmed by viruses and bacteria, coupled with a depressed immune system or overreactivity to allergens, the end result is the inflammation of sinusitis. With appropriate therapy, an acute process can be treated effectively. Because of this cascade of events triggered by foreign substances, there are many avenues that can be exploited to treat the symptoms of inflammation.
Decongestants help to reduce airway obstruction and are important in the initial treatment to alleviate symptoms.

Over-the-counter nasal sprays (some brand names are Afrin, Neo-Synephrine, Naphcon Forte, Otrivin) work the fastest‚ÄĒwithin 1-3 minutes. These agents, however, should not be used for more than 3 days because they will start to lose their effectiveness and more frequent applications will become necessary to attain the same clarity in breathing. This "rebound" phenomenon can be reduced by alternating nostrils and using the medicine less frequently. Unfortunately, some people with intolerable symptoms may enjoy the newfound ease of breathing and extend the use for fear of reverting back to severe nasal congestion. This overuse of nasal sprays may create a vicious cycle of "dependency" to the nasal spray requiring a long withdrawal program using saline or steroid nasal sprays or both, oral decongestants, family support, and a strong will.

Over-the-counter oral decongestants (in tablet or liquid form) contain the active ingredients pseudoephedrine, phenylephrine, or phenylpropanolamine (CAUTION: Phenylpropanolamine has recently been recalled off the market. Do not use products with this ingredient.). There is a wide choice at most drug stores. All work much the same, so the decision about which to buy may be made on choosing the lowest cost product. The trade name medications are more expensive but are to be taken less frequently because they are extended release. Less expensive products are generic and are to be taken every 4-6 hours as needed. The onset of action is much slower than nasal spray‚ÄĒusually achieving effect within 15-30 minutes. As with the nasal preparations, oral decongestants may become less effective with prolonged use. The rebound phenomenon exists but is not nearly as severe.

Both nasal and oral decongestants have side effects, including general stimulation causing increased heart rate and blood pressure, insomnia, nervousness, anxiety, tremor, dry mouth, blurry vision, and headache. It may also cause an inability to urinate. Therefore, consult a physician if you have any history of cardiac disease, high blood pressure, anxiety, or urinary problems. Also, combining decongestants with other other-the-counter or prescribed medicines with similar side effects may lead to dangerous complications.

Eliminate infection: The heart of treatment lies in wiping out bacteria from the sinus cavities with antibiotics. This helps to prevent complications, relieve symptoms, and reduce the risk of chronic sinusitis.

For acute, uncomplicated cases, a synthetic penicillin is used‚ÄĒmost commonly amoxicillin (for examples, Amoxil, Polymox, Trimox). This antibiotic has good coverage against the usual microorganisms and is relatively inexpensive. Predominant side effects include allergic reactions (throat swelling, hives) and stomach upset.

For people who are allergic to penicillin, a sulfur-containing antibiotic called trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole or TMP/SMX (for examples, Bactrim, Cotrim, and Septra) may be interchanged. This drug is not recommended for people with sulfur allergy.

For people who have had several episodes of partially treated acute sinusitis or those who have chronic sinusitis, they may have become resistant to amoxicillin and TMP/SMX. Newer synthetic penicillins such as Augmentin, Ceftin, and Lorabid have the added advantage of being able to clear most of these resistant organisms.

Overuse of these "broader spectrum" antibiotics will eventually lead to the selection of more resistant organisms, even to the most potent antibiotics currently available. Therefore, simpler antibiotics such as amoxicillin should be used first and taken for the entire duration (14-21 days). The basic rule of thumb is to take the antibiotic until the disappearance of symptoms, then continue it for 1 more week.
Promote drainage: Home remedies that open and hydrate the sinuses may promote drainage. See the section on Home Care for information on increasing daily fluid intake, inhaling steam, and taking expectorants and pain relievers.
If environmental allergies are the underlying cause of the sinusitis, the addition of an antihistamine may be helpful to reduce swelling of the mucous membranes. Allergens stimulate white blood cells in the blood and tissues to release histamine into the circulation. This causes fluid to leak out of blood vessels and into the tissues of the nasal passageways, leading to the symptoms of nasal congestion.

Over-the-counter antihistamines are no longer recommended because they tend to dry out and thicken the mucus, making drainage more difficult.

Prescription antihistamines such as fexofenadine (Allegra), loratadine (Claritin), or desloratadine (Clarinex) do not seem to dry out the mucosa. If nasal congestion is severe, a decongestant can be added (for example, Allegra-D or Claritin-D).
Maintain open sinuses: For acute sinusitis, 1 or more of the over-the-counter or prescription therapies may be all that is necessary. However, for those with recurrent bouts of acute sinusitis or chronic sinusitis, the addition of an intranasal steroid may reduce symptoms. Commonly prescribed medications are Beconase, Flonase, Nasacort, Nasalide, and Vancenase. Steroids are potent inhibitors of inflammation.

Intranasal steroids (nasal sprays) work directly on the lining of the nasal passages and sinuses with little effect on the rest of the body when taken in prescribed dosages.

As with the other classes of drugs, there are many to choose from. Some are tolerated better than others. These are prescription medications, so your doctor will usually make a selection.

These drugs do not give immediate relief of symptoms like nasal and oral decongestants, but once therapeutic drug levels are achieved, symptoms will usually get better, and you may no longer need decongestants.

During those months of the year when environmental allergens are the greatest, the early administration of intranasal steroids may help to prevent sinusitis and keep the sinuses open and draining.
Surgery: People who still suffer with chronic sinusitis, despite adequate therapy with antibiotics and drugs for relief of symptoms and have a positive CT scan, as well as those with a complication of sinusitis, may benefit from sinus surgery.

The surgery is carried out endoscopically using the same fiberoptic nasopharyngoscope used to make the diagnosis.

The goal is to remove obstructive mucosal disease, open the OMC or nasal passageway, and allow drainage of the sinuses.

During the surgery, nasal polyps can also be removed, and a crooked nasal septum can be straightened leading to improved airflow.

You may still need long-term nasal steroids and periodic antibiotics.

People with continuing sinus infection may need further investigation. A culture obtained during a routine office visit or during endoscopic surgery may reveal anaerobes (which require broad-spectrum antibiotics) or fungi (which require antifungals).
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Sinusitis or sinus infections usually always clear up if treated early and appropriately. Aside from those who develop complications, the outlook for acute bacterial sinusitis is good. People who have allergic or structural causes for their sinusitis may have recurrent attacks of acute sinusitis or develop chronic sinusitis.   PREVENTION Section 11 of 13
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Prevention of sinus infections depends on their cause.

Avoid getting upper respiratory infections.
Obtaining the influenza vaccination yearly will help to prevent the flu and subsequent infection of the upper respiratory tract. Other flu medicines, such as Relenza and Tamiflu, if taken at the onset of symptoms, may also help to prevent infection.
Maintain strict hand washing and avoid people who are obviously suffering from a cold.
In some studies, zinc carbonate lozenges (Cold-Eeze and others) have been shown to reduce the duration of many cold symptoms.
Stress reduction and a diet rich in antioxidants, especially fresh, dark-colored fruits and vegetables, may also help to bolster the immune system.
Plan for seasonal allergy attacks.

If sinus infection is caused by seasonal or environmental allergies, avoidance is paramount. If unavoidable, either over-the-counter or prescription medication may be helpful. OTC antihistamines or decongestant nasal sprays can be used for an acute attack.

People suffering from seasonal allergies may benefit from nonsedating prescription antihistamines during those months that cause the most symptoms.

Avoid spending long periods of time outdoors during those seasons with high allergen content in the air. Close the windows to the house, and, when possible use air conditioning to filter out allergens. Humidifiers may also be helpful.
Stay hydrated

Maintain good sinus hygiene by drinking plenty of fluids to keep nasal secretions thin.

Avoid air travel. If necessary, though, use a nasal decongestant spray prior to departure to keep the sinus passages open.

Use of saline nasal sprays (you can buy these at the drug store) will help to keep the nasal passages moist to help remove infectious agents. Inhaling steam from a bowl of boiling water or in a hot, steamy shower may also help.

Avoid allergens in your environment

People who suffer from chronic sinusitis should avoid areas and activities that may aggravate the condition, such as cigarette smoke, secondhand smoke, and diving under water in chlorinated pools.


lost n found
Simply - YES. no ifs n buts


cp_scipiom
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Of course
By sneezing, or kissing, or any close contact.
It's an infection like any other


americangurl_28
Yes it is like any other infection or sickness..Easily transmitted..Be sure to keep your hands washed & sanitzed if possible...Use Lysol also...kills 99% of the germs that cause infections..


Regina
No, not typically unless it was caused by a bug of some kind which can be contagious.


C-Puff!
If you were to sneeze or cough on someone, they just might catch it. To answer your question, yes.


smiley_face_boxers
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If it's a rhinovirus, then it's a virus, and viruses spread when you sneeze. (airborne pathogens) I would say it could.

That is why we should cover our noses when we sneeze. :) You should also not pick your nose and then go pick someone else's nose. :D

Germs are evil!!!


...
Nope, your good. I had one and my boyfriend drank after me all the time. I get them all the time, and he has never had one.


mayor r
We all both have sinuses.


gomez27985
No i sinus infection cannot be transmitted to another person , unless that person suffers from sinus as well. Try and look at the website it gives you a general idea of sinus


chainedfrustration
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Just a plain sinus infection from allergies. Hardly likely, probably more like never.

I get them all the time from allergens in the air and have yet in my 33 years, given anyone else a sinus infection.


Lori
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A sinus infection is a bacterial infection. If you pick your nose and deposit the mucus somewhere that someone else can touch it, the bacteria can be transmitted to that person. Same thing if you blow your nose and someone touches your used tissue.

The VIRUS that caused you to get sick in the first place, IS contagious. But, that person may or may not get a sinus infection. He or she could get a respiratory infection or no infection at all.


hateem t
no!

sinus infection will not be transmitted to another person

The prove has been given by all the doctors working for
red cross,red crescent.


jessie
no a sinus infection is not i had one and no one caught it of me!


xxangel1246xx
Only if your infected mucous gets into someone else's body somehow than no. Chances are slim.


Kaiser
an INFECTIOUS disease usually can be transmitted from one person to another. Though it is probably not likely with one involving a sinus. The type of bacteria and one's vulnerability to sinus infection would make a difference. Some people suffer from sinusitis which is simply inflammation of one or more sinuses. This is not necessarily caused by an infection.


dolphin3000
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no usually unless your mucus goes on the othe other person.


Oh Please.
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no.
my sister gets them alot and no one in my house has got one from her.

so its allll goood.


Ashton M
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If its a true sinus infection no, its a infection of your mucus.


No........

Its not a communicable disease.....


Kovi
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No...I get about 4 or 5 sinus infections a year, and my husband doesn't at all. I believe it's just a hereditary thing. My mother and father get them all of the time too.


girlonline64
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Usually a sinus infection comes from a cold. People may catch that original cold but not the sinus infection.


greengo
NO.
The virus that CAUSED the infection can be transmitted, though. IT will give the other person a cold, and they could also develop their own sinus infection. Also, consider the sinus infection could have been caused by an allergy in the beginning. Many sinus "infections" are actually not infections at all, and would be better treated by moist air and decongestants. The bacteria in the sinus are the same bacteria that you have on your skin and in your nose anyhow. They just overgrow when there is no drainage.
IN any case, if the virus is transmitted, it would not cause a sinus infection, but rather an upper respiratory infection. If the bacteria were transmitted, it would cause colonization.
But...sinus infection does not cause another sinus infection.
Hope that makes sense.
So, the answer is....NO


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