Sinus infections are extremely common, but can also be quite uncomfortable. If you have recently been suffering from the symptoms of a sinus infection—such as nasal congestion, headache, coughing, and facial tenderness—you may be wondering how long it will take for your condition to improve. Let’s take a look at what causes sinus infections and what you can do to get rid of them quickly.
What Causes a Sinus Infection?
The most common cause of a sinus infection is a virus, although bacteria or fungi can also be responsible. Viral sinus infections generally last no more than two weeks; however, bacterial and fungal infections can last much longer if left untreated. Allergic reactions to certain substances in the air, such as pollen or mold spores.
can also trigger an episode of sinusitis. In this case, the infection will usually clear up once the allergen is removed from your environment.
Treatment Options :
If you have been diagnosed with a viral sinus infection, there is not much that your doctor can do except prescribe medications to help alleviate some of the symptoms and recommend rest and fluids.
Antibiotics are not effective against viral infections; however, if your doctor suspects that you have a bacterial or fungal infection they may prescribe antibiotics to reduce the duration of your illness. Over-the-counter decongestants and nasal sprays may also help open up clogged passages and reduce inflammation in the nasal passages.
Preventing Sinus Infections in the Future
The best way to prevent future episodes of sinusitis is to keep your nasal passages clean by regularly rinsing them out with saline solution or steam inhalation therapy. You should also avoid smoking (or exposure secondhand smoke) and limit contact with allergens like pet dander and dust mites that could trigger an episode of allergic rhinitis (which can lead to sinusitis).
Seek treatment for sinus infection promptly to reduce duration and prevent complications. Follow doctor’s instructions and practice good hygiene for a full recovery in 2 weeks or less. Proper care and preventive measures can prevent future sinusitis.