Sinus Infection Medical Information
Sinus infection also called sinusitis, is an inflammation of the air cavities in the face. Sinusitis can be caused by allergens, infection, or chemical irritant. Most sinus infections are viral, but some bacteria may cause sinus infections. Sinus infections caused by bacteria (Acute bacterial rhinosinusitis) are usually treated with antibiotics. Antibiotics is recommended for those who are unable to follow-up with a doctor, or those whose symptoms fail to improve, or worsen within seven days.
Signs and Symptoms
- Runny nose
- Stuffy nose
- Facial pain or pressure
- Mucus dripping down the throat (post-nasal drip)
- Sore throat
- Bad breath
- Amoxicillin-clavulanate (Augmentin)
Second choice - For those who are allergic or unable to tolerate the options listed above:
Note- Azithromycin or Trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole are not recommended because of high rates of resistance.