Reducing Sinus Infections

Is there any way to reduce sinus infections?

Dr. Greene`s Answer:

A daily dose of beneficial bacteria from yogurt, acidophilus milk, or capsules like Culturelle does reduce the amount of sinus infections. In one study of kids in daycare, half the kids had regular milk and the other half got 8 oz a day of acidophilus milk. The kids and the daycare workers never knew which was which. The kids who got 8 oz a day of acidophilus milk had fewer sinus infections, colds and sick days.

Other ways to reduce sinus infections include avoiding large, overcrowded daycares and exposure to tobacco smoke. Some children with allergies have recurrent sinus infections; they can benefit from avoiding allergic triggers and using nasal sprays and/or oral allergy medications. Another reason for recurrent sinus infections is anatomic obstructions to sinus drainage; surgery is sometimes required for these cases (Duse M, et al. “Rhinosinusitis: prevention strategies,” Pediatr Allergy Immunol, 2007 Nov; 18 Suppl 18:71-4).

Dr. Greene is the founder of (cited by the AMA as “the pioneer physician Web site”), a practicing pediatrician, father of four, & author of Raising Baby Green & Feeding Baby Green. He appears frequently in the media including such venues as the The New York Times, the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, & the Dr. Oz Show.

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