Alcohol very commonly causes worsening of sinusitis, often not so much because of an allergy, but because alcohol functions as a diuretic.
It often causes patients to become dehydrated, leading to drying and thickening of the mucus which may, in turn, cause a blockage of the opening of the sinuses and a worsening of the infection.
In addition, when patients come home after having several drinks, they often may forget to take their medications and don't turn on their vaporizer leading to worsening of the sinus infections.
In patients who are allergic to red wine, yeast, sulfites or other components of the alcohol, that may compound the problem by causing allergic swelling of the nose.
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How fast should I feel better?
Why do I have to keep my nose clear? I can breathe through my mouth.
How often is follow up necessary for sinus infection?
How much water do I have to drink?
What is the place of acupuncture in sinusitis?
How long does sinusitis have to be treated?
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