Sinusitis (Sinus Infection) Information
If you have facial pain, nasal congestion, and thick yellow-to-green mucus, you may have sinusitis. Sinusitis -- often referred to as a sinus infection -- is a medical term used to describe inflammation (swelling and irritation) of the paranasal sinuses.
The pain or discomfort that a person experiences with a sinus infection will partly depend on which sinuses are affected. Some of the common locations for pain include:
- The forehead
- Behind the eyes
- The side of the nose.
Because the majority of cases are caused by a virus, most infections do not require antibiotic treatment. Some of the commonly recommended treatment options include:
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen (Advil®, Motrin®), naproxen (Aleve®), or acetaminophen (Tylenol®), for pain relief and/or fever.
- Irrigating the nose with a nonmedicated saline solution or spray several times a day. This helps clear the nasal passages and decreases the need for pain medicine.
- Nasal decongestants and steroid nasal sprays to reduce congestion.
(For more detailed information on sinus infections, including symptoms that warrant a visit to your healthcare provider, click Sinusitis.)