Sinus Infection Topic Guide
Sinus Infection: Sinus infection (sinusitis), is an inflammation of the sinuses and nasal passages. Causes of sinus infections are a result of a viral upper respiratory tract infection (colds), bacterial infections (strep), or fungi. Symptoms of a sinus infection include nasal congestion, pain or pressure in areas of the face or head, coughing, fever, sinus headache, and more. Treatment of a sinus infection is generally with antibiotics. Home remedies include OTC nasal sprays or oral decongestants and the use of a saline nasal irrigation system.
Upper Respiratory Infection An upper respiratory tract infection is generally caused by a virus and treatment is directed at managing the symptoms of the infection. Viral infections are not responsive to antibiotics. The most common upper respiratory tract infection is the common cold. Upper respiratory infections are contagious thus prevention measures such as frequent hand washing and avoiding other that are ill are the most effective.
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