How to Treat Chronic Sinus Infection

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How to Treat Chronic Sinus Infection
Treat Chronic Sinus Infection

Chronic sinus infections are extremely common. As many as 32 million adults suffer from the problem, making it one of the most common chronic diseases in America. Symptoms of a chronic sinus infection include stuffy nose, nasal discharge and facial pain. Thankfully, there are numerous ways to treat a chronic sinus infection.

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Things you need

  • Antibiotics
  • Corticosteroid
  • Decongestant
  • Antihistamine
  • Expectorant
  • Humidifier
  • Steam Treatments
  • Hot packs
  • Allergy shots
  • Endoscopic surgery

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Begin an antibiotic treatment to fight your sinus infection. These treatments can last as long as 12 weeks, so be prepared to take a healthy dosage of pills during this period. You'll have to talk to your doctor and get a prescription for a personalized antibiotic treatment.

  2. 2

    Reduce inflammation of the nasal passages by taking a corticosteroid. Your doctor can prescribe this kind of medication, in addition to an antibiotic treatment. While the antibiotic attacks the illness, the corticosteroid will help to reduce swelling inside your sinus cavities.

  3. 3

    Take an over-the-counter decongestant to relieve any mild sinus discomfort you experience throughout the day. Many of these medications can have side effects, including drowsiness, dizziness or nausea.

  4. 4

    Treat persistent sinus discomfort with the help of an expectorant or an antihistamine. These medications are available at any neighborhood pharmacy and can be purchased without a doctor's prescription.

  5. 5

    Keep the air in your home as moist as possible to relieve sinus congestion and pain. Use a humidifier to circulate moisture through the air. Use steam treatments or hot packs to force moisture into your sinuses.

  6. 6

    Treat any allergic reactions that may be contributing to your sinus infections. Your doctor will be able to administer a regiment of allergy shots to help you overcome any allergies from which you may be suffering.

  7. 7

    Talk to your doctor about the possibility of endoscopic surgery to remove sinus blockages. Constant swelling of the sinuses can be caused by these blockages. By inserting an instrument called an endoscope into your sinuses through the nostrils, a doctor can clear these blockages and relieve a good deal of your sinus pain.

Tips and warnings

  • Endoscopic sinus surgery is a relatively safe and easy procedure. It doesn't involve cutting through any skin, so recovery time is quick. Most patients can return home within the same day.
  • If your sinus problems are the result of a viral infection, you won't need an antibiotic treatment to cure yourself. Instead, treat the symptoms with over-the-counter pain medications and sinus decongestants.

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