Sinus infections are usually curable with self-care measures and medical treatment. If these measures are not working, or if you are having recurrent attacks, your health care provider may consider further testing or refer you to an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialist to be checked for underlying causes such as nasal polyps or other problems.
If your sinus infection is healed, your health care provider may then give you some tips to try to avoid another infection in the future.
Tips for preventing most sinus infections are similar to those for preventing upper respiratory infection and include:
Avoiding the flu by getting vaccinated each year.
Quickly treating flus and colds.
Washing your hands frequently.
Eating immune-boosting foods like fruits and vegetables.
Additional tips for preventing sinus infection include:
Avoiding smoke and pollutants.
Using a humidifier to increase moisture in your nose and sinuses.
Drinking plenty of fluids to increase moisture in your body.
Taking decongestants during an upper respiratory infection.
Treating allergies promptly and appropriately.
Limiting alcohol use.
Air travel may pose a problem if you are suffering from acute sinus infection (lasting less than 4 weeks) or chronic sinus infection (lasting 8 weeks or more) because you might feel discomfort in your sinuses or middle ear during the plane's ascent or descent. Some health experts recommend using decongestant nose drops or inhalers before a flight to avoid this problem.