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What's Going Around - September 25

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Bay County, Fla. -

Doctors in the area are treating a lot of acute sinusitis.

Nurse Practitioner Christy Johnson from Bay Medical Sacred Heart Family Medicine says, "Acute sinusitis occurs when the mucous membranes of your nose, sinuses and throat become inflamed.  Swelling obstructs the sinus openings and prevents mucus from draining normally."

Johnson says symptoms include the following:

  • Drainage of a thick, yellow or greenish discharge from the nose or down the back of the throat
  • Nasal obstruction or congestion
  • Pain, tenderness, swelling, and pressure around the eyes, cheeks, nose or forehead
  • A reduced sense of smell and taste
  • Cough
  • Headache
  • Ear pain
  • Fatigue 
  • Fever

Treatments that can be done at home include:

  • Saline nasal sprays or rinses
  • Decongestants
  • Over-the-counter pain relievers
  • Antihistamines

Johnson says you should contact your doctor if your symptoms don't improve in 7 to 10 days, your symptoms get worse, you have a persistent fever, or you have a history of chronic sinusitis.

Johnson recommends you see a doctor immediately if you have any of the following:

  • Pain or swelling around your eyes
  • A swollen forehead
  • A severe headache
  • Confusion
  • Double vision or vision changes
  • A stiff neck
  • Shortness of breath