It’s more likely your infection is viral in nature and will clear up on its own after a few days. Over-the-counter medications, including sprays and decongestants, can help address symptoms in the meantime, but follow instructions for using the medications carefully. Also be sure to drink plenty of fluids and rest.
One thing that won’t help a viral sinus infection, Dr. Brogdon says, is a prescription for antibiotics. Antibiotics are often the first thing patients request to address a sinus infection, but antibiotics will not help infections caused by viruses. Taking antibiotics unnecessarily can make future infections harder to treat by raising the risk of antibiotic resistance.