A viral infection will typically resolve on its own, while a bacterial infection may need an antibiotic. In most cases, viral infections will resolve within 10 days while bacterial will linger longer than 10 days. In severe viral infection steroids, decongestants, and mucolytics may be prescribed.
Most of the time both infections will resolve with supportive care, including; saline irrigation, decongestants, rest, hydration, massage, chiropractic, and acupuncture.
A fever may indicate a more serious infection and you may need a visit to your healthcare provider. Here are 5 signs of sinusitis and what you can do.
Signs of sinusitis to look for:
Stuffy, congested, or blocked nose- often after having a cold
Pressure, pain or fullness in the face, head, or around the eyes- occurs due to swelling and inflammation
Yellowish or greenish nasal discharge- allergies have a clear discharge
Headaches especially frontal- frontal headaches are very common and can indicate a sinus infection. There is usually a feeling of pressure on the forehead or pain behind the eyes.
Decreased sense of smell and taste- also due to swelling and inflammation
Holistic treatment options include:
Remove allergens from your nose- many people find relief by using a nasal rinse, a “Neti Pot” or a saline (salt water) nasal spray
Decongestants- many are readily available over the counter. However, for those people looking for a more natural solution, there are herbal formulas and supplements that can help the congestion.
Massage- craniosacral therapy, as well as facial and cranial massage
Acupuncture- seems to help in many cases
Chiropractic and craniopathy- adjustments of the spine and cranium help to relieve blocked passages
Questions about the common cold? Ask Dr. Perillo!