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What do you do next when sinus decongestant medicine does not work?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology

In brief: 2 answers

First, consider that sinus congestion, which is often viral and (non-infectious) post-viral inflammation, takes time to get better. Second, if you're getting worse, develop fever, express pus (often greenish) from you nose, or have progressive facial pain, there may be superimposed bacterial infection requiring an antibiotic.
See your doctor.

In brief: 2 answers

First, consider that sinus congestion, which is often viral and (non-infectious) post-viral inflammation, takes time to get better. Second, if you're getting worse, develop fever, express pus (often greenish) from you nose, or have progressive facial pain, there may be superimposed bacterial infection requiring an antibiotic.
See your doctor.
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