Recurrent infections can be a sign of a more significant underlying issue. At Silver Falls Dermatology, our allergy and immunology providers in Oregon and Washington can help patients determine an appropriate treatment plan when facing recurrent infections.
What are Recurrent Infections?
Recurrent infections are any type of infection which lasts abnormally long or develops abnormally frequently. Recurrent infections can affect both children and adults and can be caused by a range of underlying issues. Some examples of a recurrent infection may be an illness or condition which requires antibiotic treatment more than twice per year (in adults), pneumonia which occurs two or more times in a particular period, chronic sinusitis, an unusually severe case of a common bacterial infection or illness which requires preventative antibiotics. Some examples of infections or conditions that may fall into these categories would include:
- Urinary tract infections (UTIs)
- Cold or flu
- Yeast or fungal infections (vaginal yeast infections, nail fungus etc.)
What Causes Recurrent Infections?
Several conditions or lifestyle habits may result in or contribute to recurrent infections. These can range from serious medical issues that require treatment to less severe health concerns that can be addressed through changing your daily habits. Some causes of recurrent infections could include:
- Lack of sleep or poor-quality sleep
- Alcohol misuse or alcoholism
- Poor hygiene habits
- Genetic predisposition
- Structural abnormalities (such as an abnormally shaped urinary tract, resulting in frequent UTIs)
- Overuse of antibiotics
- Immune disorders or autoimmune disorders
- Multiple myeloma
Due to the wide range of conditions that can contribute to recurrent infections, treatment will vary for each patient. During your appointment at Silver Falls Dermatology, your allergy and immunology treatment provider can explain your best options and, as needed, refer you to a specialist for your condition.