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Sinus Infections

A sinus infection, also known as 'sinusitis' in the medical field, accounts for thousands of medical visits throughout the year. Sinus infections occur when there’s a fluid build-up in the nasal cavities causing inflammation and irritation. Sinus infections can be extremely uncomfortable and can last for weeks untreated. However, early diagnosis and treatment can lead to a quicker recovery.

How To Know If You Have A Sinus Infection 

Typical symptoms of a sinus infection include:

  • Persistent headache
  • Sore throat
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Cough
  • Fatigue

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.

How can you get rid of a sinus infection?

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! 

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If you’re suffering from sinus pain and discomfort, Lanier Urgent Care has the resources and expertise to help. Our Urgent Care is a walk-in clinic and our services are available during extended hours. No appointment is necessary. Call or visit us today and see what Lanier Urgent Care can do for you.

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