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How do medications treat sinusitis?

Medications treat sinusitis in several ways. Saline nasal sprays help by rinsing the nasal passages of mucus buildup, preventing infection from developing. Some nasal sprays such as corticosteroids treat and prevent swelling. Decongestants help to relieve nasal congestion. Over-the-counter medications such as acetaminophen and aspirin help to relieve pain. If your sinusitis is caused by a bacterial infection, antibiotics are prescribed to kill the bacterial infection.

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