What's Going Around

Sinusitis is going around this week.

Dr. Thomas Stout at Mount Hope Community Medical Center in Lansing is treating it.

The main symptoms are runny or stuffy nose and pain and pressure in the head and face.

You may also have yellow or green drainage.

Other common symptoms include: headache, bad breath, a cough that produces mucus, fever, tooth pain, and reduced sense of taste or smell.

To treat sinusitis, drink plenty of fluids and take over-the-counter pain relievers and decongestants.

Put a hot damp towel on your face, for five to 10 minutes several times a day.

Breathe warm moist air from a steamy shower or hot bath.

Saltwater nose drops can help keep the nasal passages open and wash out mucus.

Sinusitis is caused by viral infections and allergies.

If your case is caused by allergies, you should incorporate antihistamines into treatment.

Viral sinus infections usually clear up in 10 to 14 days.


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