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Suspect I have a sinus infection. Will it go away on its own or do I need to see the doctor?
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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
4 doctors agree
In brief: Give it 5-7 days
Most upper respiratory infections (uri's/common cold) are viral & cause congestion, facial pressure, purulent drainage, & fever.
They last ~5-7 days. Treat conservatively with otc products, sinus rinses (and good hand washing). Usually symptoms start to improve in 5-7 days. Antibiotics are *usually* not needed before then. If symptoms are severe or worsen after 7d, see your md or ent.

In brief: Give it 5-7 days
Most upper respiratory infections (uri's/common cold) are viral & cause congestion, facial pressure, purulent drainage, & fever.
They last ~5-7 days. Treat conservatively with otc products, sinus rinses (and good hand washing). Usually symptoms start to improve in 5-7 days. Antibiotics are *usually* not needed before then. If symptoms are severe or worsen after 7d, see your md or ent.
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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine
In brief: Observe
Most sinus infections do not require antibiotics.
Sinusitis is an overtreated condition. Many uri's & colds are mis-diagnosed as a sinus infection. Sinus pressure & pain may not be an actual sinus infection. Inflammation of the nasal passages & of the linining of the sinuses causes pain and discomfort but infection by bacteria may not be present. Fever &pain & purulent discharg = see the md.

In brief: Observe
Most sinus infections do not require antibiotics.
Sinusitis is an overtreated condition. Many uri's & colds are mis-diagnosed as a sinus infection. Sinus pressure & pain may not be an actual sinus infection. Inflammation of the nasal passages & of the linining of the sinuses causes pain and discomfort but infection by bacteria may not be present. Fever &pain & purulent discharg = see the md.
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