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Can You Get Over Sinusitis Without Antibiotics?

by Eric Smith
  • Overview

    Sinusitis is a swelling of the sinuses or cavities that are located near the nasal passages. This condition can cause mucus to build up in the nasal passages. Proper treatment of sinusitis depends on the cause of the infection.
  • Bacterial Infections

    According to the Mayo Clinic, sinusitis should be treated with antibiotics if it is a bacterial infection that is severe, persistent or keeps recurring. Many bacterial sinusitis cases clear up without antibiotics.
  • Fungal Infections

    Some rare cases of sinusitis may be caused by a fungus and may require treatment with an intravenous antifungal medication. Antibiotics are ineffective in treating fungal sinusitis or other nonbacterial kinds of sinusitis.
  • Allergies

    Allergies can contribute to the inflammation of the sinuses. Immunotherapy allergy injections can reduce the body's allergic response to specific allergens.
  • Viral Infections

    Many cases of sinusitis are caused by common cold viruses and usually clear up without prescription medications.
  • Symptom Relief

    Saline nasal sprays can clean inflamed nasal passages and over the counter decongestants can help relieve sinus congestion. Sinus pain and discomfort may be relieved with over the counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
  • Home Care

    Getting plenty of rest and drinking lots of fluids can help relieve the effects of sinusitis and speed recovery.

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