3 Sinus Infection Myths

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A sinus infection, or sinusitis, is a common infection that can cause fever, headache, sinus pressure and pain, congestion and a sore throat. Unlike some other infections, you probably won't need outside medical care to get back to your normal self. Arming yourself with the facts will help you identify and treat your symptoms quickly and safely.

Myth #1: You need antibiotics if you have a sinus infection.

Running to your doctor for antibiotics when you have a sinus infection isn't likely to help, and your doctor may even deny you antibiotics if your infection isn't severe. According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, 60 to 70 percent of people who have sinus infections get better without antibiotics. Many medical agencies have published guidelines encouraging careful judgment when prescribing antibiotics, so if you're feeling congested, try home remedies like irrigating your nasal passages with a saline solution, breathing in steam, using warm compresses on your face and taking over-the-counter medications, like ibuprofen or acetaminophen, to reduce pain and fever. 

Myth #2: Decongestants are the best treatment for sinus problems.

Using decongestant nasal sprays can be an excellent way to reduce inflammation and stuffiness -- but only in the short-term. Using decongestants for more than three days can lead to rebound congestion. This happens when your body develops a dependence on the medication and can make your sinus symptoms even worse than they were initially when you go off the decongestant. So make sure to save these products for your worst days and don't use them for long periods.

Myth #3: Long-lasting sinus problems means you're getting recurring sinus infections.

Chronic sinusitis can be caused by infections, but it's more likely due to swelling in and around your sinus cavities. This inflammation can be caused by allergies, asthma, nasal polyps or other anatomical abnormalities. If your symptoms go on for longer than three months, your doctor may refer you to a specialist for further testing or prescribe a steroid nasal spray to help reduce swelling and help your sinuses drain more efficiently.

Even though most sinus infections clear up on their own, make sure to tell your doctor if you have a fever or other signs of an infection that last more than 24 hours if you have a medical condition that weakens your immune system. If you have chronic sinus infections or sinus issues that persist for more than 12 weeks it's a good idea to make an appointment with your primary physician to help determine the cause and the best treatment approach.


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