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fever of 100.2. sinus congestion &pressure. spitting up very thick sticky white and yellow sinus mucus. what causes this? is this normal? sinusitis?

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Dr. Christopher Mcgraw
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Viral infection: Symptoms are typical of any number of viral upper respiratory infections. These are almost always normal symptoms and not a cause for alarm. They can last on average from 7 to 14 days. Treatment is symptomatic and can include decongestants, saline rinses and time.

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