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What Can I Take for Sinus Infections?

By    |   Tuesday, 03 March 2015 11:05 AM

Question: Is there a natural supplement to take for sinus issues such as sinus infections?

Dr. Hibberd's answer: 
Sinus infections are usually short lived and often need only treatment of symptoms. Antibiotics may not address sinus infections, if they are viral. You should avoid smoking and areas with smoke, fumes, irritating chemicals, or poor ventilation.

Drinking plenty of clear liquids can help mobilize and clear secretions. Saline nasal drops or sprays help dry up runny noses well, and more extreme cases can be treated with oral Sudafed (pseudo-ephedrine variety), or prescription nasal sprays.

Short-term high doses of vitamin C may help boost your body’s defenses against viral diseases. But be aware that, in the long run, high doses of vitamin C can put you at risk of for kidney stones. Humidifying your air can help clear up nasal blockages.
  • And the best strategy is to do everything you can to avoid catching a bacterial or viral infection.
  • Wash your hands frequently and keep fingers out of your nose and ears.
  • Remember that knobs and desks are often laden with bacteria and viruses accumulated from the last several dozen people who used them.
  • Steer clear of those who are coughing and sneezing, as they are showering you and the room you are in with micro-droplets laden with microbes anxious to land in your unassuming nasal and upper respiratory tract.
  • Sneeze or cough into a cupped elbow, hand or tissue.
The best way to address most bacterial and viral infections is to simply treat the symptoms with over-the-counter remedies. Natural supplements have many proponents, but the evidence of their effectiveness is lacking in many cases.

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