Sinusitis is a condition in which the lining of the sinuses becomes inflamed.
Sinuses are the air chambers in the bone behind the cheeks, eyebrows and jaw. They produce mucus, a fluid that cleans bacteria and other particles out of the air one breathes. Tiny hairs called cilia will sweep mucus out of one’s sinuses so it can be drained out through the nose.
Pain or pressure experienced in the forehead, cheeks, nose and between the eyes
Reduced sense of smell and taste
Cough, which may worsen at night
Ache experienced in the teeth
For sinusitis depends on the cause.
• Saline nasal spray will clean the nasal passages and help clear congestion.
• Decongestant may be prescribed to help drain the sinuses which may cause sinus pain or pressure. They are generally only recommended for short-term use.
• In the case of very severe sinusitis, and if it is caused by bacteria, an antibiotic may be prescribed for 10 to 14 days. It is important to complete the course of the antibiotics.
• Get plenty of rest. Try lying on the side or prop yourself up with a pillow. This will allow you to breathe the best.
• Sip hot water and drink plenty of fluid.
• Apply moist heat by holding a warm, wet towel against the face or breathe in steam through a cloth or towel. This will relieve sinus pressure and help open up sinus passages.
Don’t use a nasal spray with a decongestant in it for more than 3 days. The swelling in your sinuses may get worse when you stop using the medicine.