How is acute sinusitis treated?

Acute sinusitis is typically a short-term condition that is not too severe. For many people, little or no treatment is needed. However, if the cause is a bacterial infection, antibiotics will be needed. Other treatment options include:

  • Nasal sprays and decongestants
  • Rest and drinking extra fluids
  • Over-the-counter pain relievers (to ease symptoms)
  • Nasal saline irrigation

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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