Sinus Pain and Infections
Experts estimate that 37 million Americans are afflicted with sinusitis each year, making it one of the most common health conditions. Acute bacterial sinusitis is an infection of the sinus cavities caused by bacteria and usually preceded by a cold, allergy attack, or irritation by environmental pollutants. Treatment for sinusitis to relieve congestion includes an appropriate antibiotic, an oral or nasal spray, or a drop decongestant. Surgery is considered only if medical treatment fails, or if there is a nasal obstruction that cannot be corrected with medications.
To avoid developing sinusitis during a “cold” or allergy attack, keep your sinuses clear by:
- Drinking plenty of fluids to keep nasal discharge thin
- Saline nasal spray or irrigation with a Netipot or NeilMed bottle
- Short term use of nasal decongestant