Every year millions of patients get sinus infections and the symptoms associated with infections can be unpleasant, irritating. In some cases, cause patients to miss work, school or other activities.
One of the most important things patients can do to minimize the symptoms of a sinus infection is to recognize and treat them as soon as possible. Common symptoms include congestion, pain, pressure and mucus discharge. The information presented in this post can be used to help you once you notice you are experiencing symptoms. It can also be used as a guide to let you know when you should see an ENT specialist.
Over-the-Counter (OTC) Medications for Sinus Infections
OTC medications for sinus infections can be taken when symptoms first present and there are many different types and brands of OTC sinus infections.
However, there is no “cure-all” OTC medications for sinus infections. What works well for some patients may not work well for others. The following are different types of commonly used OTC sinus medications:
- Oral and nasal spray medications that decrease sinus congestion, pressure, and pain.
- Anti-histamines. Oral medications that treat sinus allergy symptoms like a runny nose and sneezing.
- Pain medications. Oral medications that decrease sinus pain. Acetaminophen is the most commonly used over-the-counter pain medication.
OTC medications for sinus infections may be combined with home remedy treatments. Popular and effective home remedies include humidifier machines, saline nasal sprays and warm compresses. The purpose of home remedies is to decrease congestion and dryness associated with an infection.
When to See an ENT Specialist for Sinus Infections
When the symptoms of a sinus infection do not improve or become worse after two days of OTC medication and home remedy treatment, an appointment with our ENT specialist should be made. Once the cause of the infection is determined, a treatment plan geared towards treating it and associated symptoms will be prescribed. There are many treatment options that our ENT specialists can prescribe. They include but are not limited to the following:
- Corticosteroid nasal sprays
- Prescription decongestants
Patients who experience chronic sinus infections (infections that last twelve or more week) or recurrent sinus infections (infections that reoccur several times a year) can benefit from a procedure known as a Balloon Sinuplasty. Patients interested in learning more about this new and effective procedure are encouraged to contact Dr. Neil Goldhaber.
Seeking Treatment for a Sinus Infection
If you are looking for a chronic sinus infection solution, please contact our offices in Palm Beach, Ft. Myers and Ocala to make an appointment with Dr. Neil Goldhaber. With four convenient Florida locations, making an appointment is easier than ever!