How can one get rid of a sinus infection?
In most cases, a sinus infection (sinusitis) goes away on its own and doesn’t need antibiotics. If your sinus infection lasts longer than 10-14 days, your doctor may prescribe antibiotics.
Meanwhile, there are things you can do to relieve your symptoms.
- Drink plenty of fluids to thin mucus and help it drain from your sinuses
- Breathe moist air — in the shower or from a humidifier in your room
- Apply a warm, damp cloth to your face periodically throughout the day
- Use a saline nasal spray
You can also try over-the-counter nasal sprays for stuffy noses, but don’t use these for more than three to five days. Using them too often can actually make your symptoms worse.
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