Sinus problems are – excuse the pun – nothing to sneeze at.
Just ask Oakland Athletics outfielder Coco Crisp, who was forced on to the 15-day disabled list last week partly because of a stubborn sinus infection that was keeping him out of the lineup, or Boston Red Sox TV announcer Jerry Remy, who has missed significant time in the booth this spring with a nagging sinus infection.
We can’t put ourselves on the DL like the major leaguers.
So it’s important to do everything possible to maintain good sinus health and watch closely for early signs that your cold or nasal congestion from seasonal allergies is developing into a more serious sinus infection.
What are the signs of sinus trouble?
Most colds go away within a week. They simply run their course. But if you begin experiencing post-nasal drip symptoms or pain around your face or eyes coupled with thick green or yellow mucus for more then seven days, it could mean you have a sinus infection and it’s time to call your physician and schedule a visit.
The good news? The vast majority of sinus infections are caused by viruses and are easily treated with saline nasal rinses, like Alkalol Nasal Wash, OTC painkillers, like ibuprofen, and drinking plenty of fluids.
Follow those simple steps and you’ll avoid a trip to the DL.