What's Going Around: Sinusitis

By: Stephanie Satchell Email
By: Stephanie Satchell Email

March 5, 2012

Dr. Laura Howard, of Palmyra Medical Associates, says sinusitis is leaving many people feeling under the weather.

Symptoms include nasal congestion, thick drainage, tooth pain, facial pain or pressure. Viral Sinusitis typically last seven to ten days.

Doctors usually recommend the following for treatment: nasal saline, steroid nasal spray, Tylenol or ibuprofen.

Dr. Howard says the best way to prevent sinusitis is with regular hand washing and using hand sanitizers during cold and flu season, especially when exposed to those who are sick.

It is important to point out that active sinusitis is almost always caused by a virus and only one to two people out of one hundred will go on to develop bacterial sinusitis.

You should see your doctors if symptoms do not improve in seven to ten days.

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