These infections are very common and are similar to a cold that involves the sinuses. A person will recover from a viral sinus infection in a short amount of time, anywhere from 7-15 days. The sinus areas may feel full with some pressure, and the nose will be runny and stuffy. Other symptoms like a sore throat, headache and body aches may accompany the infection.
The color of the mucous from the nose can be cloudy, yellow or even light green when you wake up in the morning, but after the mucous has cleared out from the night, it should change to clear during the day. Remember, an adult produces two liters of mucous in a twenty four hour period. We produce at least a liter of mucous during the night.
Antibiotics will not treat or help a viral infection, so wait to see if the symptoms improve after a week or two. Decogestants, mucous-thinning medicines, over-the-counter analgesics and drinking plenty of fluids will help a person recover more quickly.
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