There are at least three classes of treatment currently available over the counter at most major pharmacies. One class of treatment is mucolytics. These thin your mucous and improve your sinus health by breaking up thick mucous so that it can leave your sinuses. Another class of treatment that can be very effective is oral anti-histamines. These come in non-drowsy form, have few side effects and can dramatically improve the effects of inflammation in your sinuses if taken for an adequate length of time. Ask your pharmacist for recommendations regarding these medications.
Finally, one of the most effective treatments for chronic sinus symptoms is not a medication at all. Saline nasal spray or salt-water irrigations can be both beneficial and cost-effective in the management of your condition. To improve your health, these treatments physically remove the things that are causing inflammation and infection in your sinuses.
Your doctor or specialist will initially try innovative medical management in an attempt to improve your symptoms. These medications include antibiotics different than you may have been on in the past and also include entirely new classes of medications that treat the source of your chronic condition – inflammation.
There are now new and effective strategies that use combinations of topical nasal steroid sprays (Fluticasone, Veramyst, Nasonex), new topical anti-histamine sprays (Patanase) and new generations of oral anti-histamines to dramatically reduce the triggers of inflammation in your sinuses. Daily use of these medications can begin to improve your symptoms in as little as three weeks.
No one should suffer with chronic sinus infections any more.
You may ask your family physician for a referral. Direct appointments are also welcome.