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What can relieve sinusitis?

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What can relieve sinusitis ?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Ravoof replied 1 year ago.

Dear customer,

If this is a chronic problem you may need to consult an ENT doctor for an ENT exam. Your doctor will then take a decision regarding imaging studies such as CT scan of the sinuses, to know whether drainage of sinuses is required.

Other medications that you may take are painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen which are available over the counter. However for some individuals these medications are not suitable due to certain conditions such as allergy or toxicity, hence before taking even these OTC medications consulting a doctor is recommended. Your doctor may also suggest nasal decongestants, however, these shouldn't be used for more than a week. You need to rest and drink adequate fluids. Warm and damp towels if placed around your nose, cheeks and eyes may help ease the facial pain. Sleeping with your head elevated may help your sinuses drain and thereby reducing the congestion.

But even after these measures if your symptoms are not getting better, your doctor may prescribe antibiotics or corticosteroid spray or drops (after confirming that these are required in your case) to see if they are beneficial.

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