The sinuses are four cavities in the nasal passages. There are two on the sides of the nose, called the maxillary sinuses, and two between the eyebrows, called the frontal sinuses. When you’re healthy, these sinuses secrete thin mucus that helps keep the nasal passageways clear from harmful material. However, seasonal allergies, colds, and viruses can keep the sinuses from doing their jobs. Sometimes, the sinuses become inflamed, blocked, and full of fluid. This is a sinus infection, which is also called “sinusitis.”
Sinus infections can have several causes, including bacterial or viral. Sinusitis can last for as long as the cause or continue after the original problem is resolved. Chronic sinus infections last as long as eight weeks and can be truly disruptive to your life. Sometimes, sinusitis resolves on its own as your body heals. However, it can require treatment. Seeing a medical provider can help you get the relief you need.
Most commonly, people with sinusitis report feeling “stuffed up.” It can be hard to breathe through the nose, even if your nostrils appear to be clear. There are other key symptoms, but these are sometimes signs of the illness that caused the infection. It can be difficult to distinguish between sinus infections symptoms and signs of the flu or common cold, so it's important to ask a medical provider.
Although common, a runny nose can be a sign of an underlying sinus infection
Feelings of pain, discomfort, or pressure in your sinus
Typical feelings associated with common headaches
The sensation of excess mucus running down the back of your throat
Sore, scratchy, or rough-feeling throat
Your provider will first ask you about your symptoms and how long it has been going on. They will then complete a physical exam. During this exam, they will likely use specialized tools to look in your throat, nose, and ears. This procedure helps them understand what may be causing your symptoms.
Sinus infections can be painful and disruptive. It can even be difficult to sleep. Don’t wait to get help. You can call the nearest Center for Advanced Wellness to set up an appointment. Then, check-in, arrive 15 minutes early, and then see a caring, experienced medical professional for help!
Have questions about the diagnosis or treatment of sinus infections? We have your answers.
Absolutely not. We serve patients with and without insurance. You can take advantage of our Membership Plans, as well.
Some sinus infections are caused by bacteria, and those types need antibiotics. However, many cases of sinusitis are caused by viruses or allergens. Taking antibiotics in these cases would expose you to the risk of side effects without the benefits of treatment. Furthermore, unnecessary antibiotics contribute to the growing problem of antibiotic resistance.
Yes. If your symptoms of sinusitis last for more than 12 weeks, it is considered chronic.
Typically, sinus infections develop from the common cold. So taking the basic steps to ward off the common cold is the best practice.
If you need help diagnosing or treating a sinus infection, turn to our team at Center of Advanced Wellness. We provide effective, affordable healthcare for the San Antonio and Frisco areas.