With OTC Meds
Do I Need to See
This section can give some thoughts about treating your sinus and nasal problems. If you know what the diagnosis is, choose the specific sinus problem to the left for details on what treatment to try first. Some of the advice will help you treat youself. Other sections help you decide if you need to see a doctor, and to understand what your doctor might recommend.
I am surprised at how often people treat the wrong problem, misdiagnosis is common.
The most common mistake that people make is blaming everything on allergies. Problems arising from allergic rhinitis are certainly very common, but all too often those with acute or chronic infections have been treating allergies.
The other most common misconception arises when people get sudden onset of prominent symptoms. People look for all kinds of explanations: weather change, allergies, bacterial infections, exposure to odors. Acute viral infections are by far a more common cause of sudden onset of symptoms.
The point is, it is easy to be mistaken about the underlying problem, and if you treat the wrong problem, you will not likely get the best relief. Be sure that you have gone through the diagnosis section first, the exact diagnosis is not always clear, but do the best that you can. If things aren't working out for you, it's probably time to see a doctor.