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How does smoking make sinusitis worse?

Smoking makes sinusitis worse because smokers inhale many different chemicals. These chemicals can irritate the cells that line the sinuses, leading to further infection or inflammation.
Alen N. Cohen, MD
Ear, Nose & Throat (Otolaryngology)
Smoking can worsen sinusitis by affecting hair cells in the nose that move mucus. In this video, watch sinus surgeon Alen Cohen, MD, FACS, of West Hills Hospital, explains how smoking causes recurring infections in the sinuses.

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