Sinusitis is an inflammation of the nasal sinuses (hollow cavities within the face bones) and is usually caused by inadequate drainage due to an allergy, infection, or obstruction.
Sinusitis develops in approximately 31 million Americans each year1. Sinusitis is common in the winter but may last for months.
The symptoms of sinusitis and those of an upper respiratory infection are similar. They both affect the nose, eyes or middle ear and include thick yellowish/green nose drainage, headache, a feeling of facial fullness, congestion, fatigue, plugged-up nose, toothache and constant tiredness. You may have sinusitis if symptoms persist beyond 7 to 10 days or if you develop a fever.
Take steps to reduce your exposure to allergens:
Decongestants can reduce blockage by narrowing blood vessels and allowing nasal congestion to clear. They are commonly included in treatment plans for bacterial sinus infections.
It is not recommended use antihistamines to treat sinusitis. They may allow you to breathe easier, but they will dry up your nose and thicken the mucus, which will make it harder for you to get relief.
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