As we enter fall, upper respiratory infections including cold, chest and nasal congestion and fall and winter allergies are going to be more common, which can result in a sinus infection developing. A sinus infection can occur when fluid becomes trapped in the sinuses, which are air pockets behind your eyes and surrounding your nasal cavity. They often occur after a patient has recently recovered from a cold or allergic reaction.
How many types of sinus infections are possible?
There are two main types of sinus infections most commonly experienced by patients: acute and chronic. Your physician will ask about information including frequency of sinus infections as well as symptoms to determine which you have and develop an effective treatment plan.
Acute sinusitis is resolved in four weeks or less and is the result of an respiratory illness, usually a cough or cold where the patient experiences prolonged chest or nasal congestion.
Chronic sinusitis lasts eight weeks or longer. This also occurs if you experience over four sinus infections each year.
What are the symptoms of a sinus infection?
Symptoms of a sinus infection may vary depending on the severity of the infection. You may experience some of all of the following:
- Stuffed and/or runny nose
- Pressure or pain in the head or face
- Postnasal drip
- Loss of sense of smell
How is a sinus infection treated?
Treatment options available for sinus infections may vary based on the frequency and severity of your sinus infections, how much the infection has progressed and your age. Whether or not the infection is bacterial will also determine the course of treatment. A bacterial infection can be treated with antibiotics prescribed by your physician. Weaker infections can be treated with over-the counter decongestants, ibuprofen and nasal sprays as well as vaporizers and humidifiers to reduce facial swelling and pain.
Sinus Infection Diagnosis & Treatment in Southcenter, Kent, Tukwila, Renton & SeaTac, WA
If you have developed symptoms of a sinus infection and have recently suffered from a cold, visit AFC Urgent Care Southcenter for walk-in diagnosis and treatment. Our center is open six days a week and offers walk-in visits during our evening and weekend hours for when you don’t need to visit an emergency room but your primary care physician is unavailable for an appointment. Most insurance plans are accepted, with affordable care provided for self-pay patients. For more information on sinus infection treatment, please call 425-970-8117.