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Sinusitis

Your condition has been diagnosed as sinusitis. This problem is the result of inflammation and fluid building up pressure in the air chambers of the bones of the face. It is usually caused by a viral infection such as the common cold. Other factors leading to sinusitis include allergies, nasal growths, facial surgeries or overuse of nasal sprays. If the illness becomes prolonged it may be complicated by a bacterial infection and require antibiotic medications.

Sinusitis often results in a steady pressure over the infected sinus, headache, or even toothache. A yellow/green or bloody nasal discharge may be present and postnasal drainage can cause a sore throat and cough. You may feel a decrease in your energy level.

Not all sinus pain is due to a treatable infection, rather it may represent a blockage of the normal sinus outflow tract and better respond to decongestants and moisture.

Home Care for Sinusitis

  • Apply warm moist compresses to the affected sinus area or use warm steam inhalation 3 to 4 times daily to help break up the mucous and aid drainage. Saline nose drops will also help.

  • Get extra rest. Sleeping with your head elevated may help. Increase the humidity in the room air if possible.

  • Increase your fluid intake to 8 to 10 glasses of nonalcoholic liquid a day.

  • You may be prescribed an antibiotic and/or decongestant. Take them as directed by your urgent care Provider. It is important to finish all your antibiotic, even if you are feeling better. DO NOT let anyone else use your medication.

  • Ibuprofen 400-800 mg. every 6-8 hours will help reduce headache symptoms (if you can safely tolerate this medication). Acetaminophen may also be effective.

  • It is your responsibility to make an appointment for follow-up care, particularly if there is a delay in showing signs of improvement, or if sinusitis is a frequent problem for you.

  • Check with your personal physician in 4-5 days if not better. If you do not have one, we would be glad to assist you in finding one.

 

Call or Return If Any of the Following Occur:

  • Increasing headache or any vision problems

  • Visible redness or swelling around the cheeks or eyes

  • Vomiting or fever

  • Intolerance or reaction to the medication

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