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What is It Like to Have a Sinus Infection?
Sinus infections hurt. They make your teeth and cheeks ache and can feel like there is so much pressure on the back of your eyes that they’re going to pop out of your head.
A sinus infection, medically referred to as rhinosinusitis, happens when your nasal cavities are infected, become swollen, and are inflamed. In most cases, sinus infections are caused by a virus, but in rare cases they can be caused by fungus or an infection.
Sinus infection symptoms can stop you in your tracks. Our primary care physicians can help you treat the infection and get back to living your active life.
Acute vs. Chronic Sinus Infections
The American Academy of Otolaryngology refers to an acute sinus infection as one that lasts for less than four weeks. It usually stems from a cold or a respiratory illness. Chronic sinus infections last longer than 12 weeks and recur frequently. Both chronic and acute sinus infections are identified by symptoms including:
- Facial pain
- Infected nasal discharge
Our primary care physicians are equipped to diagnose your infection, find out what is causing it, and help you get the treatment you need.
Sinus Infection Symptoms
Pain: Pain is the most common sinus infection symptom. Your sinuses are located right below your eyes and behind your nose. As they become inflamed and swell, your sinuses can put pressure on and cause pain in your forehead, your nose, your jaw, your eyes, and your teeth. Sinus headaches are a symptom of a sinus infection.
Nasal Discharge: With a sinus infection, you will find yourself blowing your nose frequently. Your nasal discharge may range in colors from green to yellow or have a cloudy appearance. The discharge is a result of your sinuses draining into your nasal passages. The drainage may go down to the back of your throat, leading to an itchy or even sore throat. In some cases, it can cause you to sound hoarse.
Nasal Congestion: Inflammation in your sinuses can make it difficult to breathe. The congestion may make it difficult for you to smell or taste, and your voice might sound muffled or stuffy.
Our primary care facilities are staffed by caring doctors and nurses committed to your wellbeing. Contact us today! Let our primary care physicians help you breathe freely again.