High/Low Temps Blamed for Increase in Sinus Infections

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – St. Louis doctors say they’re seeing an increased number of patients suffering from sinus infections and the swinging temperatures might be to blame.

Dr. James Wedner, chief of allergy and immunology at Washington University and Barnes Jewish Hospital said his staff has seen a significant uptick in sinus infections from last year.

The reason? Cold air is very very drying.

Wedner said when the noses becomes dry it’s a very good site to bred infections and that infection can easily slip into your sinuses. But once the weather warms up the infection grows, according to Wedner and people who had a mild infection now have a much worse one.

He suggests people cover their nose with a scarf when going outside, also to keep the nasal passages moist by using a nasal rinse.

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