A Sinus infection is known as 'sinusitis' in the medical field and accounts for thousands of medical visits throughout the year.
How To Know If You Have A Sinus Infection
Typical symptoms of a sinus infection include:
- Persistent headache
- Sore throat
Sinus infections come about for various reasons. During the summer, they can develop due to the increased histamine and mucus production for people allergic to pollen and flowering plants. The bacteria that causes a sinus infection is contagious and can be transmitted through coughing and sneezing.
Sinus Infection Treatment
If you think you have a sinus infection, go to your local grocery store and pick up an over the counter antihistamine and decongestant. These can help eradicate the infection or help with the symptoms and act to dry out the sinuses and kill the bacteria, which thrive in a moist environment. If you are not getting any relief within three to four days, come into Lanier Urgent Care to get more aggressive treatment.
Medical Treatment For Sinus Infections
Medical treatment typically will include a course of antibiotics specifically targeted to eradicate the bacteria that is most likely causing the sinusitis, powerful oral antihistamines and/or decongestants, steroid medication, and nasal steroid sprays. Patients should start to feel some relief within 24 to 48 hours, but the entire length of treatment my be for 7-10 days.
If you suspect you may have a sinus infection, come see us today!