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The sinuses are the hollow spaces behind the cheekbones, nose, and forehead. Normally, these spaces are empty, with the exception of a thin layer of mucus. Sometimes if fluid becomes trapped inside the sinuses, bacteria or viruses can grow and cause the tissue lining the sinuses to swell up. This is known as a sinus infection, or sinusitis. Viruses cause most sinus infections, although some can be due to bacteria.

A sinus infection produces many of the same symptoms as a cold?including a stuffed and runny nose, green or yellow nasal discharge, and headache. It can also cause pain in the face or teeth, coughing, fever, bad breath, and fatigue. Sinusitis can be acute, in which case symptoms come on quickly and last for three to eight weeks. When the condition lingers for more than eight weeks, or keeps returning, it?s known as chronic sinusitis.

Not every sinus infection needs to be treated with antibiotics, but when bacteria are the cause the doctor may prescribe an antibiotic. A 10- to 14-day course of antibiotics usually clears up the infection. Over-the-counter cold and sinus remedies can relieve symptoms of a sinus infection. Nasal decongestants and antihistamines bring down swelling in the nasal passages to open up a clogged nose. Nasal steroid sprays also reduce swelling in the nose.

For chronic sinusitis, your doctor might prescribe steroid pills to bring down inflammation. You can also try a few home remedies to ease symptoms. A saline nasal spray can help break up congestion. Inhaling steam from the shower or a vaporizer is another way to alleviate congestion. Warm compresses can help with sinus pain.

To prevent future sinus infections, wash your hands with soap throughout the day. Keep up with all of your recommended vaccinations. And avoid close contact with anyone who is sick.

Sniff Out the Cause of Your Sinusitis

Sniff Out the Cause of Your Sinusitis

It’s cold season, and your nasal passages and sinuses feel like they’ve been clogged with cement. You have the runny nose, congestion, and pain of sinusitis, and it seems like it’s been eons since you could breathe freely. With the help of simple remedies, sinusitis usually relents within a week

Looking for Sinus Pressure Relief? Try These Remedies

Looking for Sinus Pressure Relief? Try These Remedies

Anyone who’s ever had a sinus infection and felt the miserable pain it causes typically has one thought in mind: sinus pressure relief.
Fortunately, there are medications as well as simple home remedies that can ease the inflammation and infection of the sinuses associated with sinusitis. These solutions can be effective

Sinusitis Treatment: Where to Turn

Sinusitis Treatment: Where to Turn

What is sinusitis? It may be one of the most common—and painful—nasal conditions we experience. Sinusitis means inflammation of the sinuses—the air-filled cavities above, behind, and below your eyes. Fortunately, sinusitis treatment options can help provide relief.

Our sinuses are lined with a thin membrane that produces mucus. Hair cells sweep

Sinus Infection: What Medications Do You Need?

Sinus Infection: What Medications Do You Need?

A sinus infection may feel like it’ll never end, but there are many ways to soothe symptoms and speed up your recovery.

Sinus infections are inflammation of the sinuses, which are cavities above, behind, and below your eyes. Infections happen like this: The sinuses are lined with a thin membrane that

Sinusitis Symptoms and Sinusitis: How to Find Relief

Sinusitis Symptoms and Sinusitis: How to Find Relief

Sinusitis, also known as sinus infection, is an inflammation of the sinus tissue. When experiencing sinusitis symptoms, your sinuses become blocked with fluid, bacteria, viruses, and fungi can grow and lead to an infection.

There are several types of sinusitis. The main differences are the severity and length of flare-ups. The Centers for

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