Sinus infections happen when fluid builds up in the nasal cavities (sinuses), causing infection, swelling, and inflammation. A sinus infection is also called sinusitis.
Sinusitis can be caused by:
Common sinus infection symptoms include:
A sinus infection can happen to anyone; however, you can reduce the risk of developing an infection. Here are some tips to help reduce the risk:
Sinus infections may require an examination and treatment by a physician. See a doctor if you have the following symptoms:
Treatment depends on the severity of the infection. A physician may recommend using an over-the-counter decongestant and/or saline nasal wash. However, antibiotics or prescribed nasal sprays may be needed for more severe infections. Consult a physician for the best treatment.
Other suggestions to ease sinus pain and pressure at home include:
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