Sinus infections can be painful and take time to heal. At Doral Health & Wellness Urgent Care, we understand that you want to get better, fast. That’s why our centers are open, with no appointments necessary.
Our caring, friendly medical team at Doral Health & Wellness Urgent Care can help determine whether or not you have a sinus infection and recommend the proper treatment so you can start feeling better.
What is a Sinus Infection?
A sinus infection – or rhinosinusitis – can occur when your nasal cavities become infected, swollen, and inflamed after fluid becomes trapped in the sinuses, allowing germs to grow. Sinusitis most commonly occurs after you’ve had a cold or a flare-up of allergy symptoms and often persists even after other upper respiratory symptoms are gone.
Acute vs. Chronic
There are two types of sinusitis – acute and chronic. Knowing how they differ will help you get the care you need.
Acute sinusitis typically lasts a short period, four weeks, or less. An acute infection is usually part of a cold or other respiratory illness, and medications are generally effective in stopping the infection.
Chronic sinusitis may occur if your sinus infection lasts more than eight weeks or if you have more than four sinus infections each year.
Role of Sinuses
The sinuses are a connected system of hollow cavities in the skull that contain defenses against viruses and bacteria, including a mucous layer and cells with tiny hairs (cilia) on their surface that help trap and push out bacteria and pollutants.
Symptoms of Sinus Infections
A sinus infection may exhibit a range of these symptoms:
- Stuffy or runny nose
- Facial pain or pressure
- Sore throat
- Loss of the sense of smell
- Postnasal drip (mucus which drips down the throat from the nose)
If you have any of these symptoms after having a cold or a bout of seasonal allergies, visit Doral Health & Wellness Urgent Care to have our caring medical team evaluate your condition.
Diagnosing Sinus Infections
Doral Health & Wellness Urgent Care medical team will review your symptoms and perform a physical exam to diagnose a sinus infection. During the exam, among other things, a provider may use an otoscope. This instrument helps doctors examine the ear and nose to check for signs of swelling, congestion, and infection.
Treating Sinus Infections
Treatment for a sinus infection depends upon your age and the severity of the infection. Some sinus infections get better without the use of antibiotics.
If our medical team finds that a bacterial infection is the culprit, antibiotics may be required to treat it. Our provider will prescribe antibiotics based on your age, the severity of your infection, and whether you have a penicillin allergy.
While you wait for the infection to clear, there are a couple of things you can do for pain relief. You can use heat pads on the inflamed area, saline nasal sprays, vaporizers, or humidifiers to alleviate discomfort.
Decongestants, ibuprofen, or acetaminophen may also be helpful to lessen the pain. Before starting a new medication, consult your healthcare provider to determine if taking these medications are appropriate for you.