Sinus Infection (Sinusitis) Medicines
Chronic Sinusitis MedicinesChronic sinusitis is inflammation of the sinuses lasting 12 weeks or longer, despite being treated with medicines. Current treatment options for chronic sinusitis include nasal irrigation, medications, and surgery (see Sinusitis Treatment). In most cases, medicines are used to decrease symptoms and improve the quality of life. However, they do not usually cure the condition.
Because chronic sinusitis can be difficult to treat, several medications may be combined in a variety of ways, depending on a person's particular situation. It can take several different medicines or combinations of medicines before your healthcare provider finds the ones that work best in your situation.
Nasal and Oral Steroids
When treating chronic sinusitis, healthcare providers commonly prescribe steroid nasal sprays to reduce inflammation. When combined with nasal irrigation, these medicines are helpful in treating nasal congestion and blockage.
These are similar to the nasal steroids used for acute sinusitis; they are just used for longer periods in people with chronic sinusitis. Make sure to keep your head slightly downward when spraying. You should also avoid tilting the head back. This will keep the medicine in the nose.
Your healthcare provider may prescribe oral steroids, such as prednisone. These are powerful medicines that can have significant side effects. Therefore, they are often given for only short periods to help with severe swelling and inflammation.