Is it a sinus infection or something else? Sometimes it’s hard to tell.
A sinus infection is bound to happen at some point; however, you may not recognize the symptoms, especially if this is your first time dealing with a sinus infection. Know the warning signs of sinusitis, as well as when you should turn to our Chesterfield, MO, ENT doctor Dr. Paul Burk here at Ear Nose and Throat Balloon Sinuplasty for care.
What are the symptoms of a sinus infection?
A sinus infection, also referred to as sinusitis, is often the result of a viral infection. The good news about that is that the body will usually fight the infection without needing treatment. Common signs and symptoms of a sinus infection include,
● Blocked or runny nose
● Nasal congestion
● Facial pressure and pain
● Thick yellow or green nasal discharge
● Achiness behind the eyes
● Reduced sense of smell
● Postnasal drip
● Sore throat
● Bad breath
Millions of Americans deal with sinus infections at least once a year, with some people dealing with chronic forms of sinusitis (which can last up to 12 weeks without relief). Those with chronic sinusitis may also notice,
● Nasal blockages
● Pus in the sinuses
● Referred pain (often in the upper teeth)
Since many sinus problems can cause these symptoms it’s important to turn to our Chesterfield, MO, ENT doctor for an evaluation if you’re dealing with these symptoms for weeks on end, or if symptoms are improving within 2-3 days of over-the-counter medications, rest and home care.
How is a sinus infection treated?
Again, sinus infections are often caused by viruses; therefore, antibiotics will not be effective. If we determine that your sinus infection is bacterial, then antibiotics will be prescribed. Otherwise, the goal of treatment is to help you manage discomfort and other nasal symptoms until the body gets rid of the infection. Treatment options may include medications such as saline nasal sprays and decongestants. Chronic sinus infections are treated differently from acute infections. Talk with our doctor to learn more about your treatment options.
Ear Nose and Throat Balloon Sinuplasty is the leading ENT team here in Chesterfield, MO. Our ENT doctor, Dr. Burk, has helped patients throughout the area gain control over their acute and chronic sinusitis issues. To learn more about your treatment options, call us today at (314) 477-4995.