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With the common cold virus being one of most frequent cause, it comes as no surprise that sinusitis is one of the most common health conditions in the world today. Most colds resolve with time but nearly 2 percent develop into sinusitis. If you ever have had a cold or allergy attack that took too long to recover from, chances are you actually had sinusitis.

 

You know can know you have sinusitis if you have the following symptoms

 

  • Headache, particularly first thing in the morning.
  • Pain in the forehead, jaw, teeth and cheeks, or between the eyes.
  • Swollen or inflamed tear ducts, eyelids, and other tissues surrounding the eyes.
  • Nasal congestion.
  • Congestion, sore throat, neck pain or cough.
  • Fever.
  • Weakness and fatigue.
  • Bad breath (halitosis)
  • Nausea

If you do get sinusitis, these self-help steps can help provide you some relief

 

  • Steam your sinus cavities. Drape a towel over your head as you breathe in the steam from a bowl of hot water. Keep the steam directed toward your face. Or take a hot shower, breathing in the warm, moist air.
     
  • Take decongestants. These over-the-counter medications may help reduce congestion.
     
  • Apply warm compresses. Place warm, damp towels around your nose, cheeks and eyes to ease facial pain.
     
  • Drink plenty of fluids. Dilute mucous secretions and promote drainage by consuming additional fluids.
     
  • Avoid alcohol. Consumption of alcohol can worsen the swelling of the lining of the sinuses and nose.

A sinus infection may be caused by bacteria, viruses or even fungi. Treatment depends on the type of infection, so you should see your doctor for a diagnosis and treatment options.

 

 

 
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