Sinusitis (Sinus Infection) Treatment
Home Remedies for Sinusitis
Although home remedies cannot cure a sinus infection, they may give you some comfort. Some home remedies for sinus infections include:
- Inhaling steam from a vaporizer, hot cup of water, shower, or bath, which can soothe inflamed sinus cavities
- Nasal irrigation with a saline solution or saline nasal spray, which you can buy in a drugstore
- Gentle heat applied over the inflamed area 3 or 4 times a day for 5 to 10 minutes
- Drinking plenty of fluids (try to avoid alcohol and caffeine)
- Using any of the over-the-counter medicines described earlier.
What If It Doesn't Improve or Comes Back?Most cases of acute viral sinusitis get better on their own within 7 to 10 days. Many cases of acute bacterial sinusitis also get better on their own or with the help of antibiotics.
If your symptoms are not getting better, or if they come back, you should be seen again by your healthcare provider. It is possible the antibiotic did not completely eliminate the infection. A different antibiotic or further testing may be recommended.
Chronic Sinusitis TreatmentChronic sinusitis is inflammation of the sinuses lasting 12 weeks or longer, despite being treated with medicines. It can be a challenging condition to treat -- and, in most cases, chronic sinusitis cannot be cured. Although it might get better for a time, symptoms tend to return, regardless of treatment.
Therefore, treatment for chronic sinusitis is focused on decreasing symptoms and improving the quality of life by:
- Controlling the inflammation and swelling
- Maintaining adequate drainage of the sinuses
- Treating any infection that may be present
- Limiting the number of recurrent episodes.
Current treatment options for chronic sinusitis include nasal irrigation, medications, and surgery. Research scientists continue to study the best ways to treat this condition.