Treating Sinus Infections and How Long Symptoms Last
How Long Do Symptoms Last?Most people with acute viral sinusitis get better on their own within 7 to 10 days. Many cases of acute bacterial sinus infections also get better on their own or with the help of antibiotics.
If your symptoms are not getting better, or if they come back, you should be seen again by your healthcare provider. It is possible that the antibiotic did not completely eliminate the infection. A different antibiotic or further testing may be recommended.
Possible Complications of a Sinus InfectionComplications are rare with sinus infections. If they do occur, they could include:
- Cellulitis of the eye (orbital cellulitis)
- Cellulitis around the eye (periorbital cellulitis)
- Permanent loss of smell.