Risk factors

You're at increased risk of getting sinusitis if you have:

  • Hay fever or another allergic condition that affects your sinuses
  • A nasal passage abnormality, such as a deviated nasal septum, nasal polyps or tumors
  • A medical condition such as cystic fibrosis, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), or an immune system disorder such as immunoglobulin or antibody deficiency
  • Regular exposure to pollutants such as cigarette smoke

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