Sinus Infection (cont.)
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What is the treatment for sinus infection (sinusitis)?
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The main goals in treating a sinus infection or sinusitis involve reducing the swelling or inflammation in the nasal passages and sinuses, curing the infection, promoting drainage from the sinuses, and maintaining open sinuses.
What OTC nasal sprays and oral decongestants reduce inflammation?
Blood cells and lining cells of the mucosa in the sinuses can normally fight off foreign invaders. However, if overwhelmed by viruses, bacteria or allergens, sinus inflammation (sinusitis) may occur. With appropriate therapy, a short-lived infection can be treated effectively. Because foreign substances trigger numerous reactions, many treatments are available that can treat the symptoms of inflammation.
Decongestants help reduce airway obstruction and are important in the initial treatment to alleviate symptoms.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/16/2015
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