Symptoms of sinus infection include a feeling of pressure or pain
around the eyes or across the cheekbones and a yellow or green discharge from
the nose. If symptoms do not get better after a day or two of home treatment or
if you develop a
fever or ear pain, call your doctor.
You can prevent a stuffy nose from becoming a sinus infection (sinusitis) or help cure a mild sinus infection by
trying the following tips:
Your home is your castle -- except when you’re allergic to it. A recent
nationwide survey found that over half of all Americans test positive for at
least some allergens, and many of these are indoor allergies such as dust,
mold, and pet dander.
How can you allergy-proof your home to make it a refuge, not a source of
sneezes? Take a tour of your house from room to room, find out where the
allergens are lurking, and get relief from indoor allergies.
saltwater nasal washes to help keep the nasal passages
open and wash out mucus and bacteria. You can buy saline nose drops at a
pharmacy or make your own saline solution at home. It also may help to gargle
with warm salt water.
Put moist heat (using a hot, damp towel or gel pack) on
your face for 5 to 10 minutes, several times a day.
cigarette, cigar, and pipe smoke in your home and workplace. Smoke causes and
further irritates inflamed membranes in your nose and sinuses.
over-the-counter medicines such as pain relievers and
decongestants (for example, nasal spray) to relieve symptoms. These medicines may not be safe for young children or for people who have certain health problems. Before you use these medicines, check the label. If you do use these medicines, always follow the directions about how much to use based on age and in some cases weight. Be careful when using some nasal-spray
decongestants. They usually should not be used for more than about 3 days.
Longer use can lead to further swelling of the sinus membranes after the
medicine wears off (called
rebound congestion), which makes pressure and swelling
worse. You may end up dependent on the medicine if you start using more and
more of it to get rid of the pressure and swelling.
The following may help you feel better:
Avoid breathing dry air. Consider using a
humidifier at home and at work to build up the moisture in the
Breathe warm, moist air from a steamy shower, a hot bath, or a
sink filled with hot water. You may also try breathing the moist air from a
bowl of hot water. Put a towel over your head and the bowl to trap the moist
Avoid alcohol. It causes swelling of the tissue lining the
nose and sinuses.