Sinusitis

ExitCare ImageSinusitis is redness, soreness, and puffiness (inflammation) of the air pockets in the bones of your face (sinuses). The redness, soreness, and puffiness can cause air and mucus to get trapped in your sinuses. This can allow germs to grow and cause an infection.

HOME CARE

  • Drink enough fluids to keep your pee (urine) clear or pale yellow.

  • Use a humidifier in your home.

  • Run a hot shower to create steam in the bathroom. Sit in the bathroom with the door closed. Breathe in the steam 3–4 times a day.

  • Put a warm, moist washcloth on your face 3–4 times a day, or as told by your doctor.

  • Use salt water sprays (saline sprays) to wet the thick fluid in your nose. This can help the sinuses drain.

  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • Your pain gets worse.

  • You have very bad headaches.

  • You are sick to your stomach (nauseous).

  • You throw up (vomit).

  • You are very sleepy (drowsy) all the time.

  • Your face is puffy (swollen).

  • Your vision changes.

  • You have a stiff neck.

  • You have trouble breathing.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.