How is sinusitis treated?

Sinusitis can be treated in a variety of ways. If you think you have sinusitis, talk with your doctor to decide what option is best for you.

Your doctor, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), might recommend that you:

  • Take acetaminophen or ibuprofen to ease the pain
  • Take an antibiotic
  • Use a prescription nasal spray to help treat inflammation
  • Use saline nasal spray to help clear congestion

Aside from that, the AAFP recommends steps you can take to ease the discomfort while you recover from sinusitis, which include:

  • Avoid alcohol, which can make sinus swelling worse
  • Breath in steam through a cloth or towel
  • Don’t use nasal sprays containing decongestant for more than three days at a time
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Get lots of rest
  • Put a warm, wet towel on your face
  • Sip hot liquids
  • When lying down, use extra pillows to prop yourself up to ease some pressure

For more information about treating sinusitis, talk with your doctor.

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