Sinusitis, chronic

  • Long standing infection and inflammation of the sinuses
  • Symptoms may include nasal discharge, nasal stuffiness and tiredness
  • Caused most commonly by bacteria but may be due to fungus, allergies or pollutants
  • Cannot be spread from person to person
  • Affects males and females
  • Can occur at any age
  • May be mild to severe

FOR COUGH

  • Increase fluids (especially water)
  • Suck on cough drops or hard sweets (candy)
  • Use a cool air humidifier in room
  • Avoid lung irritants such as smoke, household cleaners or allergens
  • Over-the-counter cough medicine (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):
    • Guaifenesin
    • Dextromethorphan

 

FOR NASAL CONGESTION

  • Increase fluid intake
  • Breathe moist steam from a hot shower or bowl of water
  • Apply hot packs or compresses to face
  • Irrigate your nasal passages with an approved nasal device
  • Elevate your head while sleeping
  • Over-the-counter medicines (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage)
    • Decongestants
    • Saline nasal sprays

 

FOR PAIN

  • Apply hot or cold packs to the area
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Distraction
  • Over-the-counter medicine (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):
    • Acetaminophen
    • Ibuprofen

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