Sinus Infections 2Tuesday, 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.
A sinus infection is inflammation or swelling of your sinuses. Symptoms of a sinus infection can include:
Pain or pressure in the forehead, cheeks, nose or between the eyes
Nasal congestion and runny nose
Cough that may be worse at night, and
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.