I'm Over My Sinus Infection, so Why am I Still Coughing?

Fotolia_102329790_XS.jpgSo, you’re finally over that troublesome sinus infection that’s lingered for weeks. Maybe you treated your symptoms at home, maybe you went to your doctor and had a round of antibiotics. Either way, you’re feeling much better and everything's back to normal...except for that cough that just won’t go away. Why is that? Is this normal? When will it go away for good? Let’s take a look.

How You Know You’re On the Mend

Whether you’ve seen a doctor or went the over-the-counter route, most sinus infections normally clear up in about a week. However, if things get worse or it lasts more than 10 days, it’s time to see a doctor. You’ll know that you’re getting better if you experience less/no more pressure or pain in your face, no fever, an increase in your energy, easier breathing, and less nasal congestion.

Even as you start feeling better, it is possible for your cough to linger on. Why is that?

What’s Normal for a Sinus-Related Cough?

As your symptoms improve, your cough should clear up within a couple of weeks, but it is certainly possible to have a cough that lingers for weeks or even months. This could be an indication of chronic post-nasal drip or chronic sinusitis, which can be aggravated by smoking, certain medications, asthma, allergies, or GERD. If your cough persists for over 3 weeks, see a doctor. 

Treating a Sinus-Related Cough

If your sinus infection is accompanied by a cough, there are some easy ways to alleviate your symptoms at home, including:

  • Oral Decongestants & Antihistamines
  • Neti Pots
  • Drinking lots of Water
  • Keeping your Head Elevated at Night
  • Nasal Sprays

Always consult your doctor for long-term treatment and solutions for your sinus issues. Again, if your cough persists for weeks or if your symptoms get worse, see a doctor. If you are in the Athens/North Georgia area, Ashford Clinic is here to help!