A sinus infection is caused when you catch a virus or bacteria that causes stuffy nose if yellow or green discharge. It usually causes a lot of facial pressure or pain as well. We use antibiotics to treat sinus infections caused by bacteria but there are other things you can do to help alleviate your symptoms.
- Oral Decongestants are an over the counter treatment that may help relieve symptoms if you’re also experiencing ear pain or fullness.
- Nasal Decongestants are over the counter nasal sprays that can temporarily relieve runny or stuffed nose. You should be careful not to use nasal decongestants more than two or three days in a row as they can cause rebound congestion. Rebound congestion means your stuffy nose may get worse if you use the medication too much.
- Oral Antihistamines such Benadryl have not been shown to help relive or shorten symptoms and are not recommended for use
- Mucolytics are medications containing the ingredient Guaifenisin. Look for it on the box of over the counter medications such as Mucinex. These medications can help to clear congestion and mucus.
- Sinus infections may become serious and you should look out for very high fevers with temperatures over 102 degrees F, eyes swollen shut, and mental confusion.
- Symptoms should clear up in 7-10 days