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Acute Sinusitis: Short Duration Sinus Infections

Acute Sinusitis is a common form of Sinusitis that lasts for up to 4 weeks and affects millions of Americans each year. Usually brought on after a common cold, acute sinusitis is a viral infection and can often be treated with medication and without further complications.

Acute Sinusitis Symptoms

Acute Sinusitis causes nasal and sinus blockage accompanied by a yellowish, thick discharge from the nose. Pressure and pain in the face is often felt. Cough, congestion and fever may also be present.

If these symptoms last more than 7 days, it's a good idea visit your doctor. This way you can be properly diagnosed and prescribed the most effective medication for your condition. The swelling of your nasal passages often make it difficult to breathe and very uncomfortable.

You may also have a persistent cough, making you feel weak and lethargic. Many people experience headaches due to the pressure of mucus build-up in the sinuses.

Acute Sinusitis Treatment

Diagnosis often involves a physical examination and possibly a mucus culture, X-Rays, nasal endoscopy and CT scan. Treatment can include an over-the-counter pain reliever for the headaches and pressure felt in your head. A prescription nasal spray containing steroids will help reduce the swelling. If you have a bacterial sinus infection, antibiotics may be prescribed.

Home Remedies

Home remedies can also help to speed up the recovery process. Steam treatments help to open up the nasal passages and relieve nasal congestion. Humidifiers also work well by creating moisture and steam in the air. A salt water nasal flush helps to loosen and clear out the nasal passages of blocking mucus.


Since many cases of Acute Sinusitis are brought on by the common cold, prevention of this ailment could aid in the prevention of this type of infection altogether. Washing your hands frequently can considerably reduce your expose to the common cold. Clean household items often that are frequently used by you and your family such as door knobs, home phones, remote controls and kitchen countertops, bathrooms and faucets.

Use tissues to sneeze in and wipe your nose, then discard of them properly. This will keep germs off of your hands. Use hand sanitizer when washing your hands is not an option. Try not to share drinks and utensils with others.

If someone in your home is suffering from a cold, limit close contact with them until they are feeling better. If you happen to develop one yourself, make sure you get plenty of rest, and continue to eat a well-balanced diet. Take your vitamins regularly, and use a humidifier to keep the air and your nasal passages moist.

There is no cure for the common cold, though there are precautions you can take to lessen your chances of developing Acute Sinusitis. Take the recommendations above, treat your allergies with the help of your doctor, and if you smoke...quit! Cigarette smoke irritates not only your lungs, but your nasal and sinus passages.

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