What's Going Around: Sinusitis
There's a lot of sniffling and sneezing happening in Mid-Michigan these days and it's not all caused by allergies.
Nurse Practitioner Christy Idle of McLaren Greater Lansing Mid-Michigan Physicians Health Care Associates is seeing cases of sinusitis lately. It's caused when the sinuses fill with fluid that allows germs to flourish. Symptoms include facial pressure, loss of smell and greenish mucus.
Most cases of sinusitis are viral, which means antibiotics won't work.
You can treat the symptoms with saline sprays, decongestants and over-the-counter painkillers. Doctors may prescribe a corticosteroid spray.
The best way to prevent sinusitis is to avoid irritants like cigarette smoke and strong chemicals.
If you get frequent infections you might want to get checked for nasal polyps or other things that obstruct the mucus flow.
Sinusitis is caused when the sinuses fill with fluid that allows germs to flourish. Symptoms include facial pressure, loss of smell and greenish mucus.