What's Going Around

By: Lauren Evans Email
By: Lauren Evans Email

Still can't shake that cold you've been dealing with for awhile?

It may have turned into a sinus infection.

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

Primary symptoms are: facial pain or pressure, nasal stuffiness, nasal discharge, loss of smell, cough or congestion.

Other symptoms include: fever, bad breath, fatigue and dental pain.

If you catch it early, you can avoid going to the doctor.

Use nasal saline spray, warm compresses and nasal irrigation. Take a decongestant, humidify the air, drink lots of fluids, and rest.

Take acetaminophen or ibuprofen for any aches or pains.

If those at-home remedies don't bring relief in a day or two, see your doctor. He or she may need to prescribe antibiotics.

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