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In Okemos, Dr. Thomas Stout at Ingham Community Medical Center is treating sinusitis this week.

It's caused by allergies and viral infections.

Sinus infections often follow a cold and cause pain and pressure in your head and face.

Other main symptoms include: runny or stuffy nose and yellow or green drainage or drip from your nose or down the back of your throat. You may also have headache, bad breath, cough, fever, tooth pain, and reduced sense of taste or smell.

Viral sinus infections usually clear up in ten to 14 days.

At home treatment should include fluids and over-the-counter pain relievers and decongestants.

Put a hot damp towel or gel pack on your face for five to 10 minutes at a time, several times a day, and breathe warm moist air from a shower or hot bath.

You can also use saltwater nose drops to help keep nasal passages open and wash out mucus and bacteria.

In case of allergic sinusitis, antihistamines should be incorporated into treatment.

Sinusitis is infection or inflammation of the lining of the sinus cavities. These are hollow spaces in your cheeks and around your eyes.


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