Sinusitis


Sinusitis is an infection of sinuses (the air pockets in the facial bones that are connected to the nose). It can be an acute or chronic infection often caused by bacteria. Sinusitis sometimes occurs after a viral infection such as a cold. 

Signs and symptoms include pain over the sinuses infected, such as the cheek, upper teeth, behind the eyes, or over the eyebrows; a dry cough; low-grade fever; nasal congestion with a thick green-yellow discharge; a severe headache that is worse in the morning; and fatigue. 

The treatment of sinusitis usually represses antibiotics and antihistamines. Nasal sprays and decongestants may help to decrease the congestion. Increasing you fluid intake may help to thin the secretions. Resting with the head elevated slightly may help promote drainage. For minor pain, your doctor may recommend analgesics. An acute bout of sinusitis will usually clear completely in 2-3 weeks with treatment. Surgical therapy is sometimes required for the more difficult congestion.








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