Sinus infection, known as sinusitis, is a major health problem.
It afflicts 31 million people in the United States.
Americans spend more than $1 billion each year on over-the-counter medications to treat
Sinus infections are responsible for 16 million doctor visits and $150 million spent on prescription
People who have allergies, asthma, structural blockages in the nose or sinuses, or people
with weak immune systems are at greater risk.
In this video we share our top tips to cure a sinus infection.
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Our first tip is Antibiotics.
Antibiotics are standard treatments for bacterial sinus infections.
Antibiotics are usually taken from 3 to 28 days, depending on the type of antibiotic.
Because the sinuses are deep-seated in the bones, and blood supply is limited, longer
treatments may be prescribed for people with longer lasting or severe cases.
Overuse and abuse of antibiotics have been causing a major increase in antibiotic resistance.
Therefore, patients with sinus symptoms should consider taking an antibiotic only if symptoms
(including discolored nasal discharge) persist beyond 7-10 days.
Antibiotics help eliminate a sinus infection by attacking the bacteria that cause it, but
until the drugs take effect, they do not do much to alleviate symptoms.
Some over-the-counter medications can help provide relief.
Our second tip is Nasal decongestant sprays.
Topical nasal decongestants can be helpful if used for no more than three to four days.
These medications shrink swollen nasal passages, facilitating the flow of drainage from the
Overuse of topical nasal decongestants can result in a dependent condition in which the
nasal passages swell shut, called rebound phenomenon.
Our third tip is Antihistamines.
Antihistamines block inflammation caused by an allergic reaction so they can help to fight
symptoms of allergies that can lead to swollen nasal and sinus passages.
Our fourth tip is Nasal decongestants and antihistamines.
Over-the-counter combination drugs should be used with caution.
Some of these drugs contain drying agents that can thicken mucus.
Only use them when prescribed by your allergist.
Our fifth tip is Topical nasal corticosteroids.
These prescription nasal sprays prevent and reverse inflammation and swelling in the nasal
passages and sinus openings, addressing the biggest problem associated with sinus infection.
Topical nasal corticosteroid sprays are also effective in shrinking and preventing the
return of nasal polyps.
These sprays at the normal dose are not absorbed into the blood stream and could be used over
long periods of time without developing "addiction."
And our final tip is Surgery.
If drug therapies have failed, surgery may be recommended as a last resort.
It is usually performed by an otolaryngologist.
Anatomical defects are the most common target of surgery.
Your surgeon can fix defects in the bone separating the nasal passages, remove nasal polyps, and
open up closed passages.
Sinus surgery is performed under either local or general anesthesia, and patients often
can go home on the same day.
So that sums up our top tips for curing a sinus infection.
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