Family Nurse Practitioner Linda Eckerson at McLaren Greater Lansing-DeWitt Family Medicine is treating sinus infections this week. They may follow an upper respiratory infection.
Symptoms include: yellow or green nasal discharge, fever, nasal congestion, sore or raw sensation in throat, facial pain, toothache, headache, and increased pain with coughing.
To treat a sinus infection, take antibiotics, and use nasal saline spray
and/or a nasal decongestant. Warm compresses and humidifiers may help, too. It's important to get plenty of rest and drink lots of fluids.
You should see a doctor if you have any of the above symptoms for more than two days.
Eckerson is also seeing people with increased Arthritis pain, which can be caused by changes in the weather or barometric pressure.
Exercise can help, especially low-impact activities like water aerobics. Maintain a healthy weight. Physical and occupational therapy can help, as can medications like ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
You should see a doctor if pain interferes with daily activities by making it difficult to walk, climb stairs, lift objects or sleep.