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In Lansing, Dan Moore, a certified physician assistant at Ingham Internal Medicine and Pediatric Associates, a partner of Ingham Regional, is treating a grab bag of upper respiratory infections, including sinus infections.

The symptoms are thick, yellow, foul-smelling nasal discharge; pressure or pain around the face, eyes, and mouth; headache, and nasal obstruction. Other symptoms include congestion, post-nasal drip, and a cold that won't go away.

To treat a sinus infection, you need to see a doctor. He or she will likely prescribe antibiotics.

Decongestants and other drugs help decrease swelling in the sinuses. Steam and hot showers may help with that too.

You can also try nasal sprays to help with drainage.

In rare instances, when sinusitis becomes chronic or long lasting, long-term antibiotics or surgery may be needed to establish adequate drainage.


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