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Treatments for Sinusitis

Treatments for Sinusitis:

The first step in treatment of sinusitis is prevention. Prevention measures include not smoking, adequate treatment of hay fever and allergic rhinitis, avoiding nasal trauma and exposure to infections, and good hygiene practices, such as frequent hand washing and not picking the nose.

The most successful treatment plan for sinusitis uses a multipronged approach aimed at relieving nasal congestion, clearing the infection, improving breathing, and reducing pain and pressure. Treatments include using a humidifier to moisten and loosen nasal discharge and keeping the head elevated while sleeping to reduce pressure while sleeping.

For some people with sinusitis, medication may be recommended or prescribed. Medications may include decongestants, which help to shrink inflamed and swollen sinusitis. These medications, such as Sudafed, can have serious side effects that can affect the heart in some people, especially if not used correctly. They should be used only as directed by a licensed health care clinician.

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen (Advil) and aspirin may also be recommended used to control the pain and inflammation of sinusitis. However, aspirin should not be given to children and teens with a fever because of the risk of developing a serious, possibly fatal, disease called Reye's syndrome.

A corticosteroid nasal spray may also be prescribed to reduce the inflammation and pain of sinusitis. Other medications include antibiotics if the sinus infection is caused by a bacterial infection or antifungal drugs if the infection is caused by a fungal infection. These medications will not work to treat sinusitis caused by a virus.

For some people who do not get relief with other measures, a surgery may be an option to expand the opening of the infected sinus.

Treatment List for Sinusitis

The list of treatments mentioned in various sources for Sinusitis includes the following list. Always seek professional medical advice about any treatment or change in treatment plans.

Alternative Treatments for Sinusitis

Alternative treatments or home remedies that have been listed as possibly helpful for Sinusitis may include:

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The first step in getting correct treatment is to get a correct diagnosis. Differential diagnosis list for Sinusitis may include:

Hidden causes of Sinusitis may be incorrectly diagnosed:

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Drugs and Medications used to treat Sinusitis:

Note:You must always seek professional medical advice about any prescription drug, OTC drug, medication, treatment or change in treatment plans.

Some of the different medications used in the treatment of Sinusitis include:

  • Amoxicillin
  • A-Cillin
  • Amoxil
  • Apo-Amoxi
  • Clavulin
  • Larotid
  • Novamoxin
  • Nu-Amoxi
  • Polymox
  • Prevpac
  • Trimox
  • Wymox
  • Amoxicillin/Clavulanate
  • Amcill
  • Ampicillin
  • Ampicin
  • Ampicin PRB
  • Ampilean
  • Apo-Ampi
  • Augmentin
  • D-Amp
  • Faspak Ampicillin
  • 500 Kit
  • Novo-Ampicillin
  • Nu Ampi
  • Omnipen
  • Omnipen Pediatric Drops
  • Pardec Capsules
  • Penbritin
  • Polycillin
  • Polycillin Pediatric Drops
  • Polycillin-PRB
  • Pondocillin
  • Principen
  • SK-Ampicillin
  • Totacillin
  • Bacampicillin
  • Penglobe
  • Spectrobid
  • Cloxacillin
  • Apo-Cloxi
  • Bactopen
  • Cloxapen
  • Novo-Cloxin
  • Nu-Cloxi
  • Orbenin
  • Tegopen
  • Penicillin VK
  • Apo-Pen-VK
  • Beepen VK
  • Betapen-VK
  • Ledercillin VK
  • Nadopen-V
  • Novopen-VK
  • Nu-Pen-VK
  • Penapar VK
  • Pen-V
  • Pen-Vee K
  • Pfizerpen VK
  • PVF
  • PVF K
  • Robicillin VK
  • SK-Penicillin VK
  • Uticillin VK
  • V-Cillin K
  • VC-K 500
  • Veetids
  • Win-Cillin
  • DisperMox
  • Utimox
  • Amoxifur
  • Pro-Amox
  • Moxilin
  • Gen-Amoxicillin
  • Lin-Amox
  • PMS-Amoxicillin
  • Nandrolone
  • Acroxil
  • Amobay
  • Amoxinovag
  • Amoxisol
  • Amoxivet
  • Ampliron
  • Ardine
  • Flemoxon
  • Gimalxina
  • Grunicina
  • Hidramox
  • Moxlin
  • Penamox
  • Servamox
  • Solciclina
  • Xalyn-Or
  • Amoxicillin and Clavulanate Potassium
  • Augmentin ES-600
  • Augmentin XR
  • Alti-Amoxi-Clav
  • Apo-Amoxi-Clav
  • Eumetinex
  • Carbetapentane and Pseudoephedrine
  • Respi-Tann
  • Chlorpheniramine and Pseudoephedrine
  • Allerest Maximum Strength Allergy and Hay Fever
  • A.R.M
  • Chlor-Trimeton Allergy
  • C-Phed Tannate
  • Deconamine
  • Deconamine SR
  • Histade
  • Histex
  • Kronofed-A
  • Kronofed-A Jr
  • LoHist-D
  • PediaCare Codl and Allergy
  • Rescon-Jr
  • Sudafed Sinus & Allergy
  • Sudal 12
  • Triaminic Cold and Allergy
  • Chlorpheniramine, Phenylephrine and Methscopolamine
  • AH-Chew II
  • Chlor-Mes-D Dallergy
  • Dehistine
  • Extendryl
  • Extendryl JR
  • Extendryl SR
  • Hista-Vent DA
  • PCM
  • PCM Allergy
  • Guiafenesin and Phenylephrine
  • Aldex
  • Amidal
  • Ami-Tex LA
  • Crantex ER
  • Crantex LA
  • Deconsal II
  • Endal
  • Entex
  • Entex ER
  • Entex LA
  • Guaifed
  • Guaifed -PD
  • Liquibid-D
  • PhenaVent
  • PhenaVent D
  • PhenaVent Ped
  • Prolex-D
  • Rescon GG
  • Sil-Tex
  • Sina-12X
  • SINUvent PE
  • Naphazoline
  • AK-Con
  • Albalon
  • Allersol
  • Clear Eyes ACR
  • Clear Eyes Extra Relief
  • Naphcon
  • Privine
  • Naphcon Forte
  • VAsocon
  • Afazol Grin
  • Alphadinal
  • Penicillin V Potassium
  • Phenylephrine and Pyrilamine
  • Pyrilafen Tannate
  • Viravan
  • Phenylephrine, Hydrocodone and Chlorpheniramine
  • Cytuss HC
  • Endagen-HD
  • Histinex HC
  • Hydron CP
  • Hydro-PC
  • Maxi-Tuss HC
  • Maxi-Tuss HCX
  • Pancof-PD
  • Vanex-HD
  • Z-Cof HC
  • Phenylephrine, Pyrilamine and Dextromethorphan
  • Codal-DM
  • Codimal DM
  • Codituss DM
  • Viravan-DM
  • Pseudoephedrine
  • Biofed
  • Decofed
  • Dimetapp 12-hour Non-Drowsy Extentabs
  • Dimetapp Decongestant
  • Genaphed
  • Kidkare Decongestant
  • Kodet SE
  • Oranyl
  • PediaCare Decongestant Infants
  • Silfedrine Children's
  • Sudafed
  • Sudafed 12 Hour
  • Sudafed 24 Hour
  • Sudafed Children's
  • Sudodrin
  • Triaminic Allergy Congestion
  • Balminil Decongestant
  • Contac Cold 12 Hour Relief Non Drowsy
  • Drixoral ND
  • Eltor
  • PMS-Pseudoephedrine
  • Pseudofrin
  • Robidrine
  • Sudafed Decongestant
  • Lertamine-D
  • Pseudoephedrine and Dextromethorphan
  • Children's Sudafed Cough & Cold
  • Pediacare Decongestant Plus Cough
  • Pediacare Long Acting Cough Plus Cold
  • Robitussin Maximum Strength Cough & Cold
  • Robitussin Pediatric Cough & Cold
  • Vicks 44D Cough & Head Congestion
  • Balminil DM D
  • Benylin DM-D
  • Koffex DM-D
  • Novahistex DM Decongestant
  • Novahistine DM Decongestant
  • Robitussin Children's Cough & Cold

Hospital statistics for Sinusitis:

These medical statistics relate to hospitals, hospitalization and Sinusitis:

  • 0.007% (857) of hospital consultant episodes were for acute sinusitis in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 90% of hospital consultant episodes for acute sinusitis required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 49% of hospital consultant episodes for acute sinusitis were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 51% of hospital consultant episodes for acute sinusitis were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
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Sinusitis, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID (Excerpt)

If you have acute sinusitis, your doctor may recommend

  • Decongestants to reduce congestion
  • Antibiotics to control a bacterial infection, if present
  • Pain relievers to reduce any pain
You should, however, use over-the-counter or prescription decongestant nose drops and sprays for only few days. If you use these medicines for longer periods, they can lead to even more congestion and swelling of your nasal passages.

If bacteria cause your sinusitis, antibiotics used along with a nasal or oral decongestant will usually help. Your doctor can prescribe an antibiotic that fights the type of bacteria most commonly associated with sinusitis.

Many cases of acute sinusitis will end without antibiotics. If you have allergic disease along with infectious sinusitis, however, you may need medicine to relieve your allergy symptoms. If you already have asthma then get sinusitis, you may experience worsening of your asthma and should be in close touch with your doctor.

In addition, your doctor may prescribe a steroid nasal spray, along with other treatments, to reduce your sinus congestion, swelling, and inflammation.

Chronic sinusitis

Doctors often find it difficult to treat chronic sinusitis successfully, realizing that symptoms persist even after taking antibiotics for a long period. In general, however, treating chronic sinusitis, such as with antibiotics and decongestants, is similar to treating acute sinusitis.

Some people with severe asthma have dramatic improvement of their symptoms when their chronic sinusitis is treated with antibiotics.

Doctors commonly prescribe steroid nasal sprays to reduce inflammation in chronic sinusitis. Although doctors occasionally prescribe them to treat people with chronic sinusitis over a long period, they don't fully understand the long-term safety of these medications, especially in children. Therefore, doctors will consider whether the benefits outweigh any risks of using steroid nasal sprays.

If you have severe chronic sinusitis, your doctor may prescribe oral steroids, such as prednisone. Because oral steroids are powerful medicines and can have significant side effects, you should take them only when other medicines have not worked.

Although home remedies cannot cure sinus infection, they might give you some comfort.
  • Inhaling steam from a vaporizer or a hot cup of water can soothe inflamed sinus cavities.
  • Saline nasal spray, which you can buy in a drug store, can give relief.
  • Gentle heat applied over the inflamed area is comforting.
When medical treatment fails, surgery may be the only alternative for treating chronic sinusitis. Research studies suggest that the vast majority of people who undergo surgery have fewer symptoms and better quality of life.

In children, problems often are eliminated by removal of adenoids obstructing nasal-sinus passages.

Adults who have had allergic and infectious conditions over the years sometimes develop nasal polyps that interfere with proper drainage. Removal of these polyps and/or repair of a deviated septum to ensure an open airway often provides considerable relief from sinus symptoms.

The most common surgery done today is functional endoscopic sinus surgery, in which the natural openings from the sinuses are enlarged to allow drainage. This type of surgery is less invasive than conventional sinus surgery, and serious complications are rare. (Source: excerpt from Sinusitis, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID)

Headache -- Hope Through Research: NINDS (Excerpt)

Treatment of acute sinusitis includes antibiotics, analgesics, and decongestants. (Source: excerpt from Headache -- Hope Through Research: NINDS)

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