Sinus Infections 2

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Sinus infection, or sinusitis, is an inflammation of the sinuses and nasal passages. Dr. Edward Hill discusses the symptoms and treatment options for sinus infections in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

A sinus infection is inflammation or swelling of your sinuses. Symptoms of a sinus infection can include:

Headache

Pain or pressure in the forehead, cheeks, nose or between the eyes

Fever

Nasal congestion and runny nose

Cough that may be worse at night, and

Sore throat

Only about two out of 100 people with cold symptoms will get a bacterial sinus infection. Antibiotics can treat bacterial infections, but not viral infections. Most people do not need antibiotics.

If you have had symptoms for less than one week, try the following:

Inhale steam three or four times a day

Use a salt-water nasal spray or a nasal cup to loosen mucus

Use over-the-counter pain medicine to help with pain and headaches

Take an over-the-counter decongestant to help your sinuses drain, but avoid antihistamines, which make mucus thick

Call your doctor if your symptoms last longer than seven days, you have a fever above 101 degrees, or you have vision changes or swelling around your eyes.

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