Sinus Infection

Sinus Infection

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A guide for Sinus infection

Sinusitis occurs when fluid accumulates in the sinuses, causing swelling and germ growth. Sinus infections are most commonly caused by viral infections, although bacteria can sometimes cause them.

It’s pretty frequent and usually resolves itself within 2 to 3 weeks. However, if it is taking a long time to go, medicines can help.

Sinusitis is categorized into several types, including:

  • Acute, lasting up to four weeks
  • Chronic, lasting more than three months
  • Recurrent, with many attacks within a year

Acute sinusitis often starts with a cold and develops to a bacterial infection. Allergies and nasal difficulties can also cause acute and chronic sinusitis.

Usually, following a cold or flu, you will get a sinus infection and suffer from:

  • Runny nose
  • Stuffy nose
  • Facial pain or pressure
  • Headache
  • Mucus dripping down the throat
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Bad breath
  • Fever

Sinus headaches can cause the following:

  • Pain, pressure and fullness in your cheeks, brow or forehead
  • Pain that worsens when you bend forward or lie down
  • Stuffy nose
  • Fatigue
  • Achy feeling in your upper teeth
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The treatment

Yes, following the below tips can help you relieve sinus pain and pressure:

  • Place a warm compress over the nose and forehead.
  • Use a decongestant or saline nasal spray.
  • Breathe in steam from a bowl of hot water.
  • Ask the pharmacist about over-the-counter medicines that can help you feel better and use them as directed.

Over-the-counter medications can help alleviate your symptoms. Also, your doctor will likely prescribe corticosteroids and antibiotics, if you have a bacterial illness.