Sinusitis: What to Know

It starts with what feels like a common cold: you feel congested, you sneeze a lot, and your nose flips between stuffy and runny. Then you begin to feel painful discomfort around your upper nose and eyes, headaches, a sore throat, and even a fever. You most likely have Sinusitis; more commonly known as a sinus infection.

Roughly 35 million Americans will suffer from a sinus infection each year especially in the spring and fall. Usually your sinuses are filled with air, but when they fill with fluid and mucus, germs can populate and become infectious. Generally Acute Sinusitis can last between 2-4 weeks but can grow to Chronic Sinusitis and last 12 weeks or longer.

A medical professional can diagnose your condition and can give you the best remedy. This usually includes taking a decongestant or antibiotics if the condition is severe enough or it lasts beyond 10-14 days. A vaporizer or steam may also help your condition.

To avoid getting a sinus infection at all, make sure you wash your hands, especially during cold and flu seasons. Make sure to also stay away from things that you are allergic to and keep away from smoke or second-hand smoke. Sinusitis is easily treated, but it best to avoid it all together.