By Thomas S. Higgins, Jr., MD, MSPH
Dad. Husband. Physician. Sinus Nerd.
Getting rid of a sinus infection depends on the cause. Viruses, bacteria, and fungi are potential culprits. Some non-infectious sources may also mimic the symptoms of sinus infections. Here is a list of remedies to consider based on the cause.
4 Treatments for 4 Different Sinus Conditions:
1. For a snotty nose that just started, the cause is likely a viral "cold" and humidification, decongestants, and saline nasal rinses, are helpful to get you through it.
2. For drainage lasting a week, especially if worsening, the cause is likely bacterial and antibiotics are helpful.
3. For headache and facial pain without drainage, consider something not related to the sinuses, such as tension headache, migraine, and facial muscle tension. The right treatment starts by knowing the right diagnosis.
4. For symptoms lasting over 3 months, you may have "chronic sinusitis" and you should consult a specialist. Things get complicated here and getting help is the way to go. You shouldn't have to go at it alone!
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