Are Sinus Infections Contagious

Yashasvi SaxenaJan 31 . 7 min read

Heya people!

I hope all of you a…a….. Aaaachewuuuu….. Ah, I’m sorry, please don’t mind my nasal inflammations. These are, literally, getting to my head now. For so long I thought it was my eyesight causing all this headache. But, it’s not! I recently found out I have a sinus infection, hah. 

Have you guys experienced it too? Continuous sneezes, coughs, runny or clogged nose? Anyone?

I bet most of you have. ‘tis why you’re here reading this, isn't it?  

Also, you all must be well aware of how annoying it gets when your pals around blame you for giving them sinus, just because you were found coughing due to a dust allergy ~_~

Today, we’re going to give you solid proof that you can use against all these allegations. So are you ready?? 

Let us begin with the basics!

Disclaimer: Please consult a doctor or registered medical practitioner before attempting any of the cures suggested on

What is Sinusitis?

Sinusitis or Sinus Infection is a medical condition caused due to the inflammation of the nasal cavity. The space between the nose and the head swells to cause irritation that in turn makes you sneeze, cough, gives you a runny nose, a headache, and whatnot. This medical condition interrupts the conventional way of mucus handling and drainage in the body, thus causing all the chaos in your nose, head, as well as surroundings, could it be(eee) more annoying? Anyways, let us move forward.

Symptoms of Sinusitis 

Do you really have sinus or is it just the weather? Why don’t you find out yourself! 

  1. Do you have a stuffy nose? Your nose gets clogged while sleeping, is it? Well, these are the starters.
  2. Mucus s flowing outta your nose like a waterfall? Mmm…you might be close.
  3. Can you feel mucus going down the back of your throat? We’ve got a thin line to cross.
  4. Pain around the eyes and forehead? Alright, now we need the final confirmations.
  5. Can barely sense the taste and smell of things.
  6. Have a hurting ear.
  7. Coughs and sneezes like you’re an electric generator.
  8. Feel tired.
  9. Have a bad breath.

If you have all these symptoms, then my friend, you have Sinusitis. But, do you need to worry that much? Let us find out!

When to visit a doctor?

Generally, the sinus lasts for a few days and goes away without any treatment. This type of sinus which lasts for 8 to 10 days is referred to as Acute Sinus and is something you needn't worry about.

But there are cases when you have these symptoms for more than a few weeks or these symptoms keep coming back frequently. This type of sinus infection is referred to as Chronic Sinusitis.

Chronic sinusitis lasts for a minimum of 12 weeks and is something that should be treated with the help of a medical practitioner. 

You might not straight away realize that you have chronic sinus as a chronic sinus starts with multiple episodes of acute sinus coming back frequently.

And when they do, you must be observant and reach out for a doctor’s appointment as soon as you can get one. 

Sometimes, the sinus is accompanied by facial swelling, stiff neck, multiple vision, confusion, or a fever. These are the cases that need immediate attention. 

Are Sinus Infections Contagious?

The answer to this question is not straightforward. If a sinus infection is contagious or not depends on what is the cause of that infection.

Here’s a list of different types of sinus infections based on their causes to further quench your curious thirst. Scroll, scroll, scroll.

Are Bacterial Sinus Infections Contagious

First, bacterial sinus is the rarest of rare infection you can ever catch. Stats say that only 2 percent of overall sinus infections are caused due to a bacterium.

Also, bacterial sinusitis is not contagious. So, even if you have one, you needn’t worry about spreading it.

Are Sinus Infections From Allergies Contagious? 

I think you can pretty much answer the question of ‘Are Sinus Infections Caused By Allergies Contagious?’ by yourself now! 

You guessed it right, it ain’t contagious

As the inflammation is caused by irritation due to an allergy and not due to any microbe or pathogen, hence it won’t affect anyone in your proximity.

Are Viral Sinus Infections Contagious? 

Here comes the variant that you should worry about spreading to your folks and friends. As a virus has the tendency to spread, it is contagious. Hence, it is advised that you either wear a face mask or release your slappers in your elbow.


Are Sinus Infections Contagious Through Kissing? 

Except for the viral variant, none of the sinus infections are contagious through any medium. But, it is not recommended to kiss when you have sinusitis as the sinus might not be a problem, but the causing element might be. While kissing, you share more than intimate moments. This sharing includes bacterias and other microbes. So, you might want to stick to just-drinks for a while.

Are Sinus Infections Contagious After Starting Antibiotics

Firstly, if you’re having viral sinusitis, antibiotics won’t help. You’ll be contagious unless the virus goes away.

But, if you have a bacterial sinus, you should not worry about spreading anything unless you’re sharing your body fluids with someone else. 

And if you’re doing so, then the answer to ‘Are Sinus Infections Contagious After Antibiotics’ is YES. You must wait until the bacterial colony wears off.  

How Long After A Sinus Infection Are You Contagious

Answering ‘How Long Are You Contagious With A Sinus Infection’, I would say ‘Always’ for viral cases unless the virus is completely out of your system. But for the other non-viral variants of sinusitis, you guys can take a chill pill. 

It is always advised to maintain a safe distance when having sinusitis of any kind so as to prevent any kind of microbial interchange among yourselves and others. As I earlier suggested, go on date nights restricted to Food and Drinks only, maintain a safe distance from your younger ones, try to wear a face mask, and cough in your elbow. You might be thought of as a germophobe, but trust me, it’s for everyone’s good. Better be cautious than getting cured.

So, guys, I take a leave on this note. Until next time, toodles!

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