*(Cody, Wyo.)* - A sinus infection (sinusitis) does not typically need to be treated with antibiotics in order to get better. If you or your child is diagnosed with a sinus infection, your healthcare professional can decide if antibiotics are needed. Sinus infections occur when fluid is trapped or blocked in the sinuses, allowing germs to grow. Sinus infections are usually (9 out of 10 cases in adults; 5-7 out of 10 cases in children) caused by a virus. They are less commonly (1 out of 10 cases in adults; 3-5 out of 10 cases in children) caused by bacteria. *Signs and Symptoms - *Common signs and symptoms of a sinus infection include: - Headache - Stuffy or runny nose - Loss of the sense of smell - Facial pain or pressure - Postnasal drip (mucus drips down the throat from the nose) - Sore throat - Fever - Coughing - Fatigue (being tired) - Bad breath *When to Seek Medical Care - *See a healthcare professional if you or your child has any of the following: - Temperature higher than 100.4 °F - Symptoms that are getting worse or lasting more than 10 days - Multiple sinus infections in the past year - Symptoms that are not relieved with over-the-counter medicines If your child is younger than three months of age and has a fever, it’s important to call your healthcare professional right away. *Diagnosis and Treatment* Antibiotics may be needed if the sinus infection is likely to be caused by bacteria. Antibiotics will not help a sinus infection caused by a virus or an irritation in the air (like secondhand smoke). These infections will almost always get better on their own. Antibiotic treatment in these cases may even cause harm in both children
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