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How to Clear a Sinus Infection

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How to Clear a Sinus Infection

How to clear a sinus infection your sinuses are cavities in your forehead and face that serve various functions including moistening the air you breathe and producing mucus to help trap and expel katha genes from your body sometimes the sinuses can’t fight off the pathogens leading to the familiar symptoms of a sinus infection inflamed and swollen sinuses increased

Mucus headache cough congestion and sometimes fever depending on the cause of your sinus infection there are different ways to treat it sinusitis inflammation of the sinuses will usually clear up on its own but you can help speed the process and reduce your symptoms with some at home care determining the type of infection recognize the basic symptoms sinusitis

Generally presents itself with the same basic symptoms symptoms of acute sinusitis often worsened after 57 days symptoms of chronic sinusitis may be milder but are more long-lasting to headache pressure or tenderness around the eyes nasal congestion runny nose sore throat and post nasal drip the sensation of dripping or running mucus at the back of your throat 3

Fatigue cough bad breath fever consider how long you have had symptoms sinusitis can be acute lasting less than four weeks or chronic lasting longer than 12 weeks for having symptoms for a long time does not necessarily mean your sinusitis is more severe or dangerous acute sinusitis can be caused by many things but viral infection is the most common cause ninety

To ninety eight percent of cases five you may get acute sinusitis after having a cold acute sinusitis due to a viral infection will usually improve within 7-14 days allergies are the most common cause of chronic sinusitis you may also be more susceptible to chronic cytus if you have asthma nasal polyps or if you smoke check for a fever allergic sinusitis usually

Is not associated with a fever sinusitis caused by an infection such as the common cold may present with a fever 6 a high fever over 102 f is often a sign of bacterial sinus infection if you have a fever above 102 f consult with your doctor look for dark yellow or green mucus dark yellow or green mucus with a bad smell or taste may be a sign of bacterial sinus

Infection if you think you have a bacterial sinus infection consult with your doctor s he may prescribe an antibiotic such as such as amoxicillin augmentin cefdinir or as a three myson seven physicians will often wait for further observation before prescribing an antibiotic many cases of bacterial sinusitis improve without antibiotic treatment doctors try to

Avoid prescribing antibiotics unless truly necessary because too much antibiotic use can increase your risk of developing an antibiotic-resistant infection eight antibiotics will only help to treat bacterial sinusitis they will not help other types of sinus infection only two to ten percent of acute sinusitis is caused by bacterial infection 9 know when to see

A doctor in addition to high fever and dark yellow or green mucus there are other symptoms that signal you should see a doctor a doctor will evaluate you and determine whether a bacterial infection is likely and whether antibiotics are needed if you have any of the following symptoms consult with your physician to determine what treatment she recommends symptoms

That lasts longer than 710 days symptoms such as headache that do not respond to over-the-counter medications 10 productive cough with dark yellow green or bloody mucus shortness of breath heaviness of your chest or chest pain stiff neck or severe neck pain ear pain vision changes redness or swelling around the eyes development of an allergic reaction to any

Medication symptoms may include hives swelling of the lips or face and or shortness of breath worsening of asthma symptoms in individuals with asthma if you have been suffering from chronic sinusitis it’s a good idea to see a doctor s he can help you treat long-term sinusitis s he may also refer you to an allergist or a toe laryngologist ear nose throat doctor to

Help determine the possible causes treating symptoms with medication consult a doctor if you are going to take a prescription medication you will obviously need to see a doctor first however you may need to call your doctor before taking a non prescription medication in some cases as well especially if you have medical conditions or take other medications while

Many over-the-counter medicines are safe for healthy adults there are many circumstances which would complicate self treatment with otc medicines never give medication to children that is meant for an adult as many cold medicines are not recommended for children women who are pregnant are likewise restricted from many cold medicines and nursing mothers may need

To check with a care provider or lactation consultant before taking otc medications use antibiotics as directed if your physician prescribes antibiotics for a bacterial sinus infection be sure that you take the entire course of antibiotics even after you begin to feel better this will minimize the possibility of the infection to return or become resistant to the

Antibiotics antibiotics commonly used for bacterial sinus infections include amoxicillin most commonly augmentin cefdinir or as a three myson for individuals who may be allergic to amoxicillin 11 side effects common to these antibiotics include nausea vomiting diarrhea and a skin rash more serious side effects such as fainting trouble breathing or hives should be

Reported to your doctor right away 12 take an antihistamine for allergies if your sinus problems are associated with seasonal or systemic allergies antihistamines may help antihistamines are medications that directly work against your body’s reaction to allergens by preventing histamine from attaching to receptors in your cells antihistamines can stop the symptoms

Of allergic sinusitis before they start 13 antihistamines generally come in pill form such as lori tyrene claritin-d fan hai dreamin benadryl and sat rising higher tech liquid chewable and dissolvable forms may also be available particularly for children consult with your doctor or pharmacist to determine which antihistamine will be most effective for you do not

Take an antihistamine for acute sinusitis without consulting with your doctor antihistamines may complicate acute sinusitis by thickening your nasal secretions 14 take an otc pain reliever pain relievers will not cure a sinus infection but they can reduce some of the unpleasant symptoms associated with it like headaches and sinus pain 15 acetaminophen paris dhamaal

Tylenol or ibuprofen advil help relieve pain from headaches sore throat and can reduce fever be mindful that ibuprofen should not be given to children under six months of age try a nasal spray an over-the-counter nasal spray may provide some immediate relief to blocked sinuses there are three main types of nasal sprays saline sprays decongestant sprays and steroid

Sprays decongestant sprays such as afrin should not be used for more than 35 days as doing so can actually worsen your congestion 16 saline sprays can safely be used frequently and help clear out mucus flute a cast flonase is a steroid nasal spray that is used to treat symptoms of allergies this type of nasal spray can be used longer than decongestant sprays but

May not help with sinus infections as it is meant to help with allergy symptoms try a decongestant these medications can help relieve stuffy noses and sinus pain do not take a decongestant for more than three days using a decongestant for too long can cause rebound congestion 17 common choices include phenylephrine sudafed or pseudo f adrene sudafed 12 hour some

Antihistamines include a decongestant such as allegra d claritin-d or zyrtec d many medicines marked as d contain pseudo f adrene and may be held behind the pharmacy counter due to purchasing restrictions some decongestants contain acetaminophen do not take additional acetaminophen if you are taking a decongestant that already contains it overdose can cause serious

Complications eighteen consider a mucolytic a mucolytic such as grave neeson mucinex dens mucous secretions which may help improve drainage from your sinuses 19 there is not strong evidence that these help treat sinusitis but you may have success with the medication

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How to Clear a Sinus Infection By jeramy zoey