Acute Sinusitis

Monday, December 01, 2014

Respiratory infections, including the common cold and acute sinusitis, affect millions of individuals every year. Dr. Edward Hill takes a closer look at acute sinusitis in the 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Sinusitis, or infection of the paranasal sinuses, usually occurs as a result of a cold but also can result from swelling of the nasal passages, obstruction from a medical device or a nasal deformity or as part of a general infectious process in the body.

Symptoms of sinusitis will include:

Fever

Pain in the face over sinus areas

Thick purulent nasal discharge from both nostrils that may be worse on one side

Cough and sore throat

Fatigue and feeling generally unwell

Because sinusitis can be a bacterial infection, antibiotic treatment may be used. Other suggested treatment measures include the following:

Drink plenty of fluids.

Get lots of rest and appropriate sleep.

Inhaling steam or nasal irrigation with saline solution may help to ease congestion of the sinuses.

Temporary use of an over-the-counter nasal spray may help relieve congestion, but these should not be used for more than three days at a time.

See your doctor if your symptoms last more than a few days.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.