Lansing, MI (WILX) Feeling congested or dealing with a lot of sinus pressure? It might be a cold you just have to ride out. But it could be a bacterial infection that requires antibiotics.
Nurse Practitioner Christy Idle of McLaren Greater Lansing MMP Health Care Associates has seen several cases of sinusitis lately.
Symptoms include stuffiness and discolored nasal discharge, loss of smell and pain in the sinuses and teeth. Fever, fatigue, a cough and bad breath are also possible.
There are some home treatments you can try before seeing a doctor.
Flushing your nose and sinuses with a saline solution can help. Decongestants and a humidifier can make it easier to breathe. Acetaminophen or ibuprofen will help with the pain.
If symptoms don't go away you may need an antibiotic. There's not much you can do to prevent sinusitis. Using a humidifier when the furnace is running will go a long way towards keeping your nasal passages moist. Smoking can irritate your sinuses and make you more likely to get sick.