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"What is the best remedy for a sinus infection?"
I have a Constant dry cough and stuffed but runny nose
The sinus infection is a very annoying problem to have and I recommend that you schedule an appointment with you primary care physician. A constant runny nose is generally a sign of a viral upper respiratory tract infection. This is one of the most common types of infections that humans get. The virus invades the nasal lining and sinuses and causes them to produce more mucus that can run out the nose or run down the back of the throat. This can cause a sore throat and sometimes a dry cough. People often also feel pressure on the front of their face as the infection makes the sinuses more tender. The best treatment for this kind of infection is simple symptom relief with Tylenol, decongestants, and sometimes nasal sprays that reduce the amount of discharge you have. These kinds of infections typically clear up within a week to 10 days. Any infection that continues on past 10 days is generally assumed to have a bacterial component. When that happens then physicians will usually prescribed an antibiotic such as amoxicillin. I would suggest that you schedule an appointment with you primary care physician. Here she can perform a physical exam and determine what kind of infection you have. You can get a prescription for some of these medications as well. If your condition continues or worsens then perhaps you'll need antibiotics at some point.
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