A sinus infection can typically be considered acute viral sinusitis if the symptoms are stable and they are present for less than ten days. A viral sinus infection is generally a self-limiting disease with symptom improvement expected after about five days. Treatment is geared towards symptom management.
You may consider non-pharmacological management such as making sure to get adequate rest, and maintaining adequate hydration. You can apply a warm compress to your face a few times daily. You may also consider inhaling steam a few times daily, using a humidifier, or a saline nasal spray 2-3 sprays in each nostril on an as needed basis.
If your symptoms persist, or worsen, or if you feel that you may have a bacterial sinus infection you should consult with your doctor about further treatments such as antibiotics. Symptoms of infection requiring further followup may be a fever, or if you begin to have chills.
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