Treating Sinus Infections Without Antibiotics

10923630 10152838909352517 5512508078701235994 nPeople often want antibiotics to tackle a sinus infection but thatillustration of person's face with sinus infection and inflammation might not be the best treatment since most infections are caused by viruses. Antibiotics fight bacteria, not viruses.

There are also complications that can develop with dependency on these drugs. The more antibiotics are used the less effective they can become, with possible side effects like dizziness, stomach problems and rashes.

Instead of turning to antibiotics, Alan Conway, M.D., family physician at Mayo Clinic Health System – Franciscan Healthcare in Tomah, suggests some alternative methods of treatment. Dr. Conway says, "First of all, you should give yourself enough rest. Your body needs the time to fight the infection with full force, especially in the first few days when symptoms are the most severe."

  • Dr. Conway suggests drinking warm beverages to help loosen and drain mucus build up. Warm water and tea are among the most popular and effective choices.
  • Don't forget to take breaks to breathe in warm, moist air from a shower or kettle steam. These will also have a similar effect as the warm beverages in fighting mucus buildup.
  • Dr. Conway recommends lying with a pillow propped behind your head to help prevent post-nasal drip reaching the back of the throat.
  • Drinking warm water mixed with a half of a teaspoon of salt to soothe the throat.
  • You may want to consider rinsing your nose with salt water sprays or nasal irrigation kits, these often provide nasal relief. Be sure to follow the directions.
Dr. Conway also says. "Watch out for over-the-counter products that contain oxymetazoline. These products may relieve symptoms for a few days, but they can cause congestion if used longer than three days. Instead, use generic pseudoephedrine pills if you are stuffed up for more than three days."

Sinus infections can turn into a bacterial infection, due to the prolonged blockage in the sinus cavity. It is not easy to determine whether the infection is viral or bacterial, considering that the symptoms are the same for both. Even if the infection becomes bacterial, 70% of the time the infection will go away within two weeks without antibiotics.

In the event of severe headache, toothache, or face pain or for persisting fevers greater than 102 degrees you should be seen by your health care provider.

Source: Mayo Clinic

DRIVING ON THE ICE & SNOW

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  • Clear all windows and lights of snow and ice. You may even want to remove it from the top of your car so that it doesn't fall down onto the windshield, potentially obstructing your view.
  • Take extra time to get where you're wanting to go. It ALWAYS takes longer! Some drivers are much more scared than you (or should be anyway) and move along at a snail's pace. That's a good thing though....the slower you're going, the less likely you'll be injured if you do happen to get into an accident.
  • Leave plenty of room to stop. You never know when you're going to slide or not slide and you don't want to risk losing control of your vehicle.
  • If your rear wheels skid, take your foot off the accelerator.
  • Don't use cruise control! This is important even in the rain. You lose control much quicker when you've got it set on cruise control.
  • Use lower gears to keep good traction, especially on hills.
  • Don't pass snow plows and sand trucks. The road in front of them is much worse than what you're following them in. Plus, they have limited visibility and may not even see you. They'll plow right through you if you're not careful.
  • Watch for ice on bridges. You've seen the sign, right? Well...it's there for a reason. The bridges freeze first, because they can get air all around it. Be very, very careful on bridges...even if the other roads seem OK.
  • If you get stuck, don't spin your tires. It will just dig you in deeper!
  • If you get stuck, move the wheel from side to side so that it moves the snow out of the way. Shift from forward to reverse, slowly rocking the car until it is able to inch it's way out of the pile of snow.

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