Patrice Burgess MD


Sinusitis: Over-the-Counter Medicines

Medicines available without a prescription may help relieve pain and promote sinus drainage. Be safe with medicines. Read and follow all instructions on the label . You can: Try a pain reliever such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen to relieve facial pain and headache. Use a nasal spray, gel, or drops to help a stuffy nose…

Saltwater Washes (Nasal Saline Lavage or Irrigation) for Sinusitis

Saltwater washes (saline lavage or irrigation) help keep the nasal passages open by washing out thick or dried mucus. They can also help improve the function of cilia that help clear the sinuses . This can help prevent the spread of infection to the other sinuses and reduce postnasal drip . It also can make the nose…

Sinusitis: Over-the-Counter Medicines

Medicines available without a prescription may help relieve pain and promote sinus drainage. Be safe with medicines. Read and follow all instructions on the label . You can: Try a pain reliever such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen to relieve facial pain and headache. Use a nasal spray, gel, or drops to help a stuffy nose…

Rebound Congestion

Rebound congestion is a constant nasal stuffiness (congestion) that develops from the overuse of nasal sprays (or drops or gels) that contain a decongestant medicine. This type of congestion occurs even when a person is not experiencing allergies or other coldlike symptoms. Some examples of nasal spray decongestants are…

Sinusitis: Should I Have Surgery?

Guides through decision to have surgery to treat chronic sinusitis. Discusses endoscopic and traditional surgery. Explains who is a good candidate for surgery. Lists reasons for and against surgery. Includes interactive tool to help you make your decision.