A lot of people don’t think they have a sinus infection.
They think they’re healthy, and that they’re just taking a quick rest.
But a new study from Stanford University and colleagues has found that if you have a problem with your sinus, it’s likely to be a major health problem.
The researchers found that the prevalence of sinus infections in people with no previous sinus problems increased by 10% to 50% over the course of five years.
And people with chronic sinus conditions who were diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) had an increased risk of developing sinus disease as well.
The study also found that people with COPD were more likely to have a positive response to treatment, with a 25% increase in the risk of COPD in people who had a positive test.
It’s a sign of how important it is to get the right treatment, the researchers say.
“We’ve known for years that COPD can lead to severe disease, and it’s something we know about but have never shown in people before,” said Dr. J. Scott Haggerty, professor of medicine and health sciences at Stanford and senior author of the study.
The risk of the condition also increased when people with sinus diseases had been hospitalized for a period of time.
This is important, because the longer they stay in hospital, the more likely they are to develop chronic obstructions, Haggertys team reported.
“You can have a good relationship with your doctor, and the doctor can help you find a treatment plan,” he said.
However, if you’re already sick, there are still some things you can do to keep your symptoms at bay, Haganty said.
“In my opinion, it would be best to not take any medications or treatments,” he added.
Hagantys findings were published in the journal PLOS One.
He also plans to study the effects of a more common sinus ailment, recurrent rhinitis, in the future.
“The more we understand about the pathophysiology of rhinopathy, the better we can treat it,” he told ABC News.
The Stanford team used data from more than 17,000 people with severe COPD and had them take a baseline test that measured their overall health and activity level.
The tests were administered at regular intervals between 2008 and 2016.
They also had a questionnaire filled out by the person with the most positive test results, as well as a self-report questionnaire filled by a doctor.
After two years, they compared the results of the tests.
The team also took the same questionnaire, which included the people’s symptoms.
Then, the team analyzed the responses of people who said they’d developed COPD or had recurrent rhinoidosis in the past two years.
They compared the responses with those of people with a history of sinuses or obstructive airway disease (OAD) and those with a recent history of the disease.
“They were very similar,” Haganton said.
The results showed that people who were already sick were at a higher risk of being diagnosed with COPA and COPD.
However the results also showed that those who had been admitted to hospital with COPDs or OADs were at lower risk.
The people who got the most sinus test results were those who were hospitalized more often, the study said.
That’s why it’s important to see if your symptoms are related to the condition you have, Haginty said, adding that if they are, then you may be at increased risk for developing it.
The research also showed some surprising things about the way the test results affected people.
For instance, people with recurrent rhinosinusitis were more prone to developing sinuses than people who didn’t have the disease, even though both groups had a higher prevalence of chronic sinuses.
And the researchers found a relationship between having COPD as well and a more severe sinus condition.
“If you have COPD, you’re more likely than someone without it to develop COPA,” Haggerttys said.
There’s also evidence that people may be able to treat sinusitis using various medicines.
Haggerts study, which involved 2,955 people with moderate-to-severe COPD who were treated at a health care facility in England, was funded by the British Heart Foundation.