How to Treat a Sinus Infection

How to Treat a Sinus Infection

Sinus problems including sinusitis can be avoided during summer if you take extra precautions. These precautions include: watching out for the pollen, keeping your nasal passages moist, and keeping away from both the known and potential irritants.

If you tried those and still end up with a sinus infection, don’t fret. There are several ways to manage sinusitis.

What causes sinusitis?
Sinusitis or inflammation of the sinuses is often caused by a bacterial infection. In some cases, it may be caused by viruses and fungi.

Common symptoms of sinusitis include postnasal drip, nasal stuffiness/congestion, frontal headaches, coughing, fever, fatigue, and tenderness of the face (usually under the eyes or at the bridge of the nose).

What are the treatment options for sinusitis?
Treatment options for sinusitis would depend on the cause and severity of one’s condition. Generally, sinusitis is managed through the following:

1. Home remedies
Some of the symptoms of sinusitis can be managed at home. This includes the use of over-the-counter medications for pain, fever, and headache, hydration, rest, and the use of nasal spray, humidifier, or nasal irrigation.

2. Drug therapy
If your sinus infection lasted for over 7-10 days, a doctor will most likely prescribe antibiotics, but only if the infection is bacterial. Fungal causes of sinusitis are treated with antifungal medicines or oral steroids if the infection is so severe.

3. Surgery
Surgery is only considered if drug therapy doesn’t improve your condition. The surgeon can open up closed passages or fix defects that contribute to it. This includes nasal polyps and defects in the bone separating the nasal passages.

If you are constantly suffering from a sinus infection, schedule your appointment with us by calling us at (865) 244-4396, or by filling out this form. Our specialists at Greater Knoxville ENT can look into your case and recommend the most appropriate treatment plan for you.



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