sinus infection?

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Not too sure if I have a sinus infection. Last 3 weeks been having a intermittent pain in right frontal sinus. I don't have this pain everyday. Would a sinus infection be a constant pain and be every day? I also have post nasal drip and some dripping from nose at times. I do have seasonal allergies.

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    Hi Mari, intermittent pain in the sinus might be a sign of infection - or might not! There's no real way to tell. Since you have post-nasal drip as well did you have a cold recently? Or, if it's new to you, has anything changed in your environment (new carpet, cleaning fluid or something?) as it can also be caused by allergies. Or even some medications can cause it.

    If the pain is bad at times you could try the old fashioned remedies of inhaling menthol crystals or eucalyptus or peppermint oil, dissolved in boiling water - but be careful not to scald your nose! These oils should help shift anything that's clogging you up.

    Also giving up dairy for a bit can help as it can encourage mucous production.

    Some say to take evening primrose 1000mg capsules daily long term will help to keep them clear.

    If the pain becomes constant and severe with pressure then you'll know it is sinusitis but hopefully it won't get that bad. If it does and you have to go to the doctor make sure you take probiotics if you are given any antibiotics (doctors never think to tell you that!).

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    Hi mari02, I agree with miriam and would like to add that your post nasal drip color might tell you many things. Like, If the color is green then it mainly suggests the infection might be due to viral or bacterial, yellow mainly suggests bacterial etiology. While clear mucus or white discharge suggests allergic causes and sometimes fungal.

    Mainly with infection you can feel feverish and fatigue. The main things which relieves symptoms is to keep your sinuses unclogged with saline nasal wash and steam inhalation with some essential oils, when you sleep use two pillows to drain your sinuses properly, you can also listen to sinus healing binaural music while sleeping, which helps me.

    For causative treatment you should visit your doctor to find out the cause whether it is allergic or infectious. Hope this helps.

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