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Preventing and treating sinus infections

If you work in an office, chances are someone around you will come down with a sinus infection this cold and flu season – and you might catch it, too. Luckily, there are a few affordable remedies you can try to help relieve your sinus infection symptoms before visiting your doctor.

Try over-the-counter medicines.

Sinus infections come with fun symptoms like pain, fever, and headaches. If you are experiencing these types of symptoms, you might consider trying a medication that is labeled for sinus relief. Other over-the-counter medicines such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen, aspirin, and naproxen can also all be used to help relieve your symptoms.

Spray your nose.

Try using an over-the-counter nasal spray if you find yourself suffering from a sinus infection. Make sure to use your nasal spray as directed on the packaging because misuse can actually lead to your sinuses becoming more inflamed. This means your infection could stick around longer or get significantly worse.

Irrigate your nose.

Nasal irrigation takes nasal spray to the next level. If you are miserable enough, consider trying a neti pot. Nasal irrigation with a neti pot has been shown to relieve the symptoms and length of a sinus infection.

See a doctor.

If your sinus infection lasts longer than 7 days, be sure to visit the doctor. Depending on the type of sinus infection you have – whether it is viral or bacterial – your doctor may prescribe medication. If you have a bacteria sinus infection, it may take a very long time to clear up without antibiotic treatment.

If someone around you has a sinus infection and you want to avoid getting sick, there are some precautions you can take. To avoid getting sinus infections in the first place:

Regularly wash your hands.

It is really important that you wash your hands before eating, especially if you know you have been near someone who is sick. Without washing your hands first, germs can enter through your mouth and make you sick.

Sanitize everything.

If someone in your home or office has a sinus infection, be sure to sanitize everything they have touched. This will also help cut down on the spread of germs.

Moisturize your nose.

Keeping your nasal passages moisturized sounds a little counterintuitive, but it is actually one of the best ways to prevent a sinus infection from occurring. When your nose is moist, the wet mucus catches germs and pushes them back out before they can infect your body. When your nose is drier, it is less effective at keeping germs out.

Walk-In Sinus Infection Treatment in West Orange, NJ

If, despite your best efforts, you come down with a sinus infection and your doctor cannot see you right away, visit AFC Urgent Care West Orange for walk-in sinus infection treatment and care. For questions, please call 973-669-5900.