When should I call the doctor?

Though many cases of acute sinusitis can improve with little to no treatment, you should call the doctor if you experience any painful symptoms. An antibiotic may be needed for a bacterial infection.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 02/10/2018.


  • American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology. Sinusitis. Accessed 2/14/2018.
  • American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology. Sinus Infection. Accessed 2/14/2018.
  • Asthmas and Allergy Foundation of America. Rhinitis (Nasal Allergies). Accessed 2/14/2018.

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