Sinusitis (Sinus Infection) occurs when the sinuses located in your facial area become filled with fluid and bacteria, typically after a common cold that causes inflammation in the sinus cavity. The bacteria in the sinus cavities create an infection that will need treatment.
What is a Sinus Infection?
There are four different types of Sinusitis.
Acute Sinusitis – Develops suddenly with symptoms similar to the common cold but does not resolve after 10 days. Acute Sinusitis usually resolves within four weeks.
Subacute Sinuses – An inflammation that last four to six weeks
Chronic Sinusitis – Sinus inflammation symptoms that last eight weeks or longer
Recurrent Sinusitis – Sinus infections that occur several times per year.
Symptoms of a Sinus Infection
Some common symptoms of sinus infections include acute pain in the back of the eyes, ears, face, forehead and nose, headache, nasal congestion, itchy runny nose, watery eyes, runny nose, sneezing, distorted sense of smell, loss of taste or distorted taste, sore throat, sinus pressure or tenderness and a general feeling of fatigue. Children may experience these symptoms as well as general irritability, lack of appetite and lethargy.
The Difference between the Common Cold and Sinus Infection
The main difference between the common cold and a sinus infection is the duration of symptoms. Most cold sufferers start to see a relief in their symptoms after a few days while a sinus infection causes symptoms to linger and cause head and sinus pain. It is important to see a doctor to determine the cause of symptoms and the course of treatment.
Treatment of Sinus Infection.
A sinus infection can leave you feeling at your worst. While the common cold is a virus that usually clears up in 10-14 days a sinus infection may require antibiotics. Sinus pain and pressure can also be relieved by some over the counter medications. Other treatments include a saline nasal wash and use of a humidifier to help reduce inflammation in the sinuses.
If your symptoms worsen, and you develop a fever, or if the nasal discharge is green or yellow it is important to see a doctor as these symptoms can indicate an infection.
Contact QuestCare Urgent Care
Our physicians at QuestCare Urgent Care have experience treating both Acute and Chronic Sinus Infections and can provide you with the best course of treatment. For diagnosis and treatment visit QuestCare Urgent Care in Highland Park, call ahead at (214) 368-4822.