What's Going Around

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Usually, sinuses are filled with air. When they get blocked and filled with fluid, which can even happen when diving into the swimming pool, germs can grow and cause an infection. That's what's going around this week.

Nurse Practitioner Linda Eckerson at McLaren Greater Lansing-DeWitt Family Medicine is treating patients with sinusitis.

Primary symptoms are: facial pain or pressure, stuffiness, nasal discharge, loss of smell, cough and congestion. You may also have a fever, bad breath, fatigue or dental pain.

If you treat sinusitis early, you may be able to avoid seeing your doctor and taking antibiotics.

Use a nasal saline spray, decongestant and sinus rinse solution. You can also apply a warm compress, use a humidifier, rest, drink fluids, and take pain relievers like acetaminophen or ibuprofen.

If those home remedies don't bring relief in a day or two, see your doctor.

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