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

  • A nasal passage abnormality, such as a deviated nasal septum or nasal polyps
  • Aspirin sensitivity that causes respiratory symptoms
  • An immune system disorder, such as HIV/AIDS or cystic fibrosis
  • Hay fever or another allergic condition that affects your sinuses
  • Asthma — about 1 in 5 people with chronic sinusitis have asthma
  • Regular exposure to pollutants such as cigarette smoke
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