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Are you suffering from a sinus infection?

A sinus infection, or rhinosinusitis/sinusitis as healthcare professionals call it, can be more common than you think. There are a number of factors that may cause it, leading to several different short-term and long-term solutions. The first step is always to treat the infection itself. First, it is important to establish the symptoms that indicate you might be dealing with a sinus infection

Common Sinus Infection Symptoms

  • Pressure on your face – Forehead, beneath your eyes, your nose, or on your temple
  • Runny nose
  • Stuffy nose
  • Congestion 
  • Cough
  • Loss of smell

Severe sinus infections may also lead to:

  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Pain descending into your jaw and teeth
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the fastest way to get rid of a sinus infection?

It is possible to relieve the symptoms of a sinus infection quickly with simple home treatment. 

  • Nebulize – or use a humidifier or vaporizer to increase the humidity of the room
  • Over-the-counter medications – Sinus relief medication like decongestants or antihistamines if you are having allergic sinusitis, may help
  • Flush your nasal passages with saline solution – There are even devices you can buy at a pharmacy to do this
  • Rest and drink plenty of non-caffeinated non-alcoholic beverages

If none of these home treatments for sinus infections work, it is important to see a doctor. You might need prescription medication to manage your sinusitis and avoid further complications.

Do sinus infections need antibiotics?

A sinus infection is usually one of the cases in which a doctor will rarely ever prescribe antibiotics, because most of the time sinusitis can be managed with over-the-counter medication. If your doctor thinks you have a severe infection that warrants the use of antibiotics, they will prescribe them even without lab tests.

The following are a set of developments that could prompt your doctor to prescribe antibiotics for your sinus infection:

  • Colored nasal discharge for a prolonged period of time – yellow/green discharge for about 10 days without improvement 
  • Your sinusitis was improving and suddenly it starts getting worse again
  • Facial pressure or pain for 10 days

What happens if you let a sinus infection go untreated?

Allowing your sinus infection to go untreated puts you at risk of developing serious complications apart from being quite uncomfortable. You should always treat your sinusitis with the over-the-counter medication and home treatments. If you see that the situation does not improve, or if it worsens, you must contact your doctor.

If your sinus infection is not going away either after over-the-counter or at home treatment, you must contact your a medical professional. Your clinician will be able to examine you and determine which of the above are causing your sinus infection, and then proceed with the kind of treatment necessary to make it stop. There are practitioners that might suggest surgery to either clean your sinuses, or to treat physical problems with your septum and your nasal passages.

Here is a list of causes for constipation:

  • Poor diet – not enough fiber & water
  • Inactivity – not enough exercise 
  • Changes in your diet
  • Stress
  • The use of some medications, especially painkillers and antidepressants
  • Too much calcium or aluminum from antiacid 

As we mentioned before, your constipation might be indicative of a more serious condition that is not overly evident, or the result of other medical conditions you might have been diagnosed with. For example:

  • IBS – irritable bowel syndrome
  • Eating disorders
  • Pregnancy
  • Diseases like Parkinson’s or MS – Multiple Sclerosis 
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Colon cancer – and to a lesser extent other types of cancer
  • Excess calcium in your bloodstream

After going through the list of symptoms above, you might be asking yourself if you have occasional or chronic constipation. The difference between both is easy to ignore, especially given that occasional constipation is so common. 

Therefore, you should always remain vigilant and monitor a number of events and precursors to your condition. For example, if you had to much processed food, the net day you might feel constipated. To avoid chronic constipation in that case, you just need to return to your regular diet and be more aware about the kinds of food that make you constipated.

If you notice that despite your dietary changes, increased physical activity, increased water intake, and a reduction in processed food, you are still getting constipated frequently, you should consult your doctor immediately. Other associated symptoms to look for to determine whether or not you should consult your doctor after you make the necessary changes to avoid chronic constipation, are:

  • Sudden unexpected weight loss
  • Blood in your stool
  • Your stool has changed 

Once you consult with your doctor, the next step would likely be to run additional tests. These tests can include:

  • Hormone levels – specially to rule out hypothyroidism 
  • Colonoscopy – which can also help find tumors in the colon
  • Tests to determine how stool moves through your colon

While all of these tests require you to be physically present, your doctor here at can help you by evaluating your condition and prescribing the necessary tests. Make sure that you consult with your doctor, adjust your diet, and exercise enough, to avoid having an occasional constipation issue become a chronic condition.

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