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  Marjorie Comer   September 28, 2016   Health, Infection, Sinus 0 Comments

What is a sinus infection?

Learn the symptoms and treatment options for a sinus infection

42211509_s-1.jpgWith the change in weather comes the unfortunate chance for illness. You may feel achy, experience a headache and a fever and deduce that you’ve caught a cold. Most of the time, a cold runs its course in about 10 days, sometimes less.

When your nasal passages get infected, it is known as a sinus infection. A sinus infection is often confused with a cold; however, since the common cold is a virus, antibiotics won’t help treat the symptoms you experience, but they will help a sinus infection.

Velocity Care listed the seven most common symptoms of a sinus infection to help guide you.

Symptoms

There are seven common symptoms of a sinus infection that you and your family should look out for:

  1. Sinus pressure felt in the eyes, cheeks and forehead.
  2. Fever.
  3. Runny, stuffy nose lasting more than a week.
  4. Headache.
  5. Yellow or green mucus draining from the nose or down the throat.
  6. Fatigue.
  7. Cough.

One of the telltale signs of a sinus infection is the production of thick green or yellow mucus, which may ooze from the nose or present as phlegm that you cough up. If you experience one of the above symptoms for several days in a row, it may be time to seek treatment.

Seeking treatment

Seek the care of a doctor if you believe you have a sinus infection. Often, a sinus infection goes away after a course of antibiotics. Many individuals find relief with over-the-counter medications and the use of a sinus irrigation system. If you use an over-the-counter decongestant, you shouldn’t take it for more than three days because some products can raise your heart rate and blood pressure.

If you seek the care of a medical professional and your infection isn’t relieved after one or two treatments with antibiotics, you may need to see an ear, nose and throat specialist.

A bacterial sinus infection can last for about 14 days. The use of antibiotics speeds up the recovery process and even prevents permanent damage to the sinuses. In some cases, sinus infections left untreated can lead to meningitis.

We recommend you seek care from a physician if sinus infection symptoms frequently recur or you continually miss school, work or other activities due to your illness. Visit a Velocity Care Urgent Treatment Center to receive prompt relief from your sinus infection.

And remember: To avoid illnesses, be sure to frequently and properly wash your hands and keep your hands away from your face to avoid spreading bacteria.

Prepare for fall with Velocity Care's fall illness prevention list.

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Medical disclaimer

This site offers medical, health, fitness and nutritional information and is designed for educational purposes only. General information found on this website is not intended to diagnose any medical condition or to replace your health care professional.

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