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  Lisa Goldsberry   June 22, 2016   Sinus infections 0 Comments

What you should know about sinus infections

Velocity Care shares information about causes and symptoms of a sinus infection

Sinus infection causes and symptomsYou feel so stuffed up that breathing is labored and the pain is almost unbearable. No, it’s not a cold or the flu. Most likely, you have a sinus infection.

Also called sinusitis, a sinus infection has numerous causes and symptoms that can be agonizing. With help from Velocity Care, you can learn more about this condition and how to manage it.

What is sinusitis?

Your sinuses are located above and below your eyes and behind your nose. Sinusitis is an infection in the sinuses. The condition occurs when the tissues lining the sinuses, around the nose and eyes, become inflamed or swollen. They are normally filled with air, but with an infection, they fill with liquid, where germs can grow and cause the infection.

Approximately 40 million Americans suffer from the condition each year. When you have an infection, you may feel the accompanying dull pain on your forehead, the sides of your nose, between your eyes or around your jaw and upper teeth.

What causes a sinus infection?

  • Allergies.
  • Nasal polyps.
  • A tooth infection.
  • Immune system deficiencies or medications that restrain your immune system.
  • Bacteria or fungus.
  • A deviated septum.

How do you know when you have a sinus infection?

There is a yellowish-green discharge. Infected sinuses draining into your nasal passage usually cause this.

You get an itch or tickle down the back of your throat. This is commonly referred to as post-nasal drip and happens when the discharge bypasses your nose and goes down your throat. It may result in a sore throat or you might develop an annoying cough as you try to expel the fluid.

You experience severe congestion. The infection may cause your sinuses to swell, which can restrict breathing and your sense of smell.

You have a colossal headache in addition to sinus issues. This may be worse in the morning because the fluids have been building throughout the night. You may feel the pain in your jaw or ears as well.

Many people confuse the symptoms of a sinus infection with those of allergies because of the runny nose and nighttime congestion. You can often tell the difference because sinusitis typically comes with colored nasal discharge and facial pain.

Treatment options for a sinus infection

Warm moist air. You can achieve this with a vaporizer or by inhaling steam from a bowl of hot water.

Over-the-counter decongestant medications. Understand that these can help shrink swollen tissues, but may do nothing for your other symptoms. You shouldn’t take them for more than a few days because they might make your symptoms worse.

Antibiotics. A doctor must prescribe antibiotics and you generally should take them for about two weeks.

A warm compress. You can use this to help ease the pain in your face.

Surgery. In extreme cases where other treatments do not work or if there are structural issues in your sinuses that create blockages, a doctor may recommend surgical treatment. These procedures serve to open up sinus passages to allow proper drainage.

When should you see a doctor about a sinus infection?

There are several types of sinus infections, such as acute, recurrent and chronic. The acute type is typically triggered by a cold and goes away in two weeks or less. There are also those that keep coming back several times a year, which are recurrent. If recurrent infections last for more than eight weeks, they are chronic.

If you have a fever in addition to your sinus infection or the infection keeps coming back, you should see a doctor to get answers and relief. Chronic sinus infections could be a symptom of bigger problems and should be checked by a qualified physician.

The doctors at Velocity Care Urgent Treatment Center will perform the right tests quickly to give you a proper diagnosis. Find a walk-in clinic near you today, so you can receive treatment and alleviate your suffering.

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