Surprisingly, sinus infection symptoms are one of the most common reasons for a doctor to prescribe antibiotics, despite the fact that they’re almost always caused by a virus, which antibiotics don’t  effect. Specifically, about 80% of sinus infection symptoms are treated with antibiotics, and that makes up about 20% of all antibiotics prescribed.

Studies have even confirmed that sinus infection symptoms don’t improve when antibiotics are used compared to a sugar pill. New recommendations suggest that doctors wait to see if sinus infection symptoms worsen before writing a prescription.

What Does That Mean For People With Sinus Infection Symptoms?

-Call your doctor before heading in. Sinus infection symptoms include pain in the nose, and above or below the eyes accompanied by mucus, and sometimes fever and sore throat. Depending on the severity of sinus infection symptoms as well as their progression, you may save yourself the cost of an office visit by just giving them a call.

-Treating sinus infection symptoms at home has been shown to help people feel better. A pain reliever (OTC medicine or a warm washcloth on the face), and sinus rinsing have been shown to help reduce sinus infection symptoms and improve the wait for the body to heal itself.

-You’re sick: act like it. Many people experience mild enough sinus infection symptoms to go to work—and that may be okay sometimes, but if your fever picks up, or you start to feel fatigue, head home and rest. Since there’s not much a doctor can do, it’s up to you. Give your body the support it needs fight the infection: rest, regular meals, amd plenty of fluids.

-Still sick after 10 days or getting worse? Call your doctor again—it’s probably time to go in.

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