Acute Sinusitis

Written by Norene Anderson
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Acute sinusitis symptoms may start because of anything causing swelling in the sinuses. The cilium moves the mucus through the passageway of the sinuses. Sometimes this mobilizing effort is compromised causing a backup or collection of mucus in the sinuses. Some common contributors include smoking, swimming, or changes in temperature.

Polyps can also encourage acute sinusitis simply by blocking the natural flow of drainage. The common cold is a virus that often ends in an acute attack of sinus infection. Once the mucus stagnates, bacteria begin to grow. Pain and pressure over the sinus areas on the face often heralds the first sign of an occurring infection. It is especially noticeable when you lean forward. The pressure can cause severe pain.

Acute Sinusitis Symptoms and Treatment

The pain may be accompanied by a fever, stuffy nose, or thick colored mucus. In addition to the usual round of antibiotics and decongestants to treat the infection, some comfort measures work quite well. Rest is very important. This allows the energy of the body to be spent removing the bacteria and restoring normal breathing. You may need to choose one side over the other for rest depending on which one is easier for you to breathe. If both sides are affected, lying on your back propped up slightly may be the answer.

It is important to drink plenty of fluids during an attack of acute sinusitis. This helps thin down the secretions and clears out the infection much faster. Moist heat from a wet towel or cloth placed on your face over the sinus areas sometimes provides relief from the pain. Rinsing the sinuses with a normal saline solution also helps to remove the residual buildup.

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