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Old 10-23-2020, 01:28 PM
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Question Can you get sinus infection from a bird????

Hi everyone

I just got back from my doc. Seems I got a bad sinus infection that he blamed in on fact that 3 times when my Quaker was on me she tried to groom my nose, and I pulled her away. He said her getting her tongue inside my nostrils even for a second was enough to spread avian germs into my system.

Iím not sure this can be true. My bird had been tested for every germ in the book, because she had an eye infection, she had several test and a full blood panel done and was found clean. Her infection has been gone for weeks. How could she have germs.

But he insist itís the bird.

What do you think.

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Re: Can you get sinus infection from a bird????

Are you sure that its not your dog or cat licking your face including your nostrils? after all, it is just as likely.

The World is currently suffering the effects of a Monster Virus and guess where the testing for it is based; within the nostrils. The reality is that our nostrils are the filtering system for our body and as a result, it is wise not to allow contact of one's Pets with one's nostrils.

Did your Parrot pass an infection by playing with your nostril hair, possible. But no more or less likely than your normal travels day in and out and simply breathing.

Not sure I would place such great trust in your Doctor stating with clarity that your infection can be hardline linked to your Parrot. For that to be true, your Doctor would have to collect a sample from your Parrot and you, grow those samples and if the same bug is found a link could be made. Did your Doctor do that? Likely not!

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Re: Can you get sinus infection from a bird????

yes, your parrot can spread the bacteria that causes parrot fever. Its often referred as rare, but truly many parrots carry this bacteria. They may be fine, then at some point a stressors coukd cause them to be actively sick. Or they can carry and never become sick themselves, but spread to you or a young bird that gets clinically sick.
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Re: Can you get sinus infection from a bird????

A sinus infection is not easily contagious in most cases, but can result from a virus, bacteria or allergies. So the infection itself is not contagious, most of the time (as they are usually secondary infections), but the virus that caused it can be contagious...That having been said, viruses are not the only cause (you can basically give one to yourself if you have inflammation).
If you get some inflammation up there and things don't drain like they should, that can cause a sinus infection (even if it started from something innocent like allergies) because things get trapped and then fester.

They can carry bacteria, but so can a human hand etc (my bird has licked my eye/nose by mistake before and it's honestly a bigger hazard for them than you in most cases)-- You could have just caught a cold that turned into a sinus infection...

Your doc sounds very strange-- I get sinus infections every year and they are always are always the result of a virus...So I get sick with a virus and then because of that, things get congested and then I get a secondary sinus infection. Unless you are severely immuno-compromised (as in going through chemo) the odds of a bird that has been tested for the scary diseases passing something to you is low. Did he swab you and find some strange "avian" bacteria or virus? BECAUSE, the harmful bacteria that they can carry is also all over the place in our environments (excluding the bacteria that causes psittacosis, but you said your bird was tested and I am sure they ran that test-- it's standard)...In terms of general viruses/bacteria, you touch something, then rub your eye or nose and bam..touch your phone that hadn't been disinfected and then eat food, touch your lips, itch your nose, rub your breath in a public space...BAM.

There is NO way he could rule out all of the common things that cause sinus infections UNLESS he found the specific bacteria that causes psittacosis, and in that case, he is still ridiculous if he wants to call psittacosis a "sinus infection"...probably isn't a fan of birds lol...Did you get tested for psittacosis? It's a reportable disease, so if he suspects you have it, he needs to report it to a national database (in the US anyway)...

Saying your sinus infection came from the bird is ridiculous, but saying you caught psittacosis from the bird is possible (it's semi-rare, but it does happen and not everyone gets sick with it to the same degree). That having been said, your bird was very likely tested for this already.

Here are the steps for diagnosing pssitacosis (from

"To diagnose parrot fever, your doctor will generally perform several tests. Blood and sputum cultures can reveal whether you have the type of bacteria that causes this infection. A chest X-ray can show the pneumonia that is sometimes caused by the disease.

Your doctor will order an antibody titer test to see if you have antibodies to the bacteria that causes parrot fever. Antibodies are proteins that the immune system produces when it detects a foreign, harmful substance (antigen) such as bacteria or a parasite. Changes in the level of antibodies can indicate that you have been infected with the bacteria that causes parrot fever."

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