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Sinus Infection: Symptoms and Treatment

Sinus infection, or sinusitis, refers to inflammation of the sinuses. The sinuses are air-filled cavities around the nose. When they become inflamed, it can cause several unpleasant symptoms.

Sinus Infection Symptoms

The common cold typically causes a sinus infection. It results in the following symptoms:

  • Facial pressure or tenderness, especially around the cheeks, eyes, and forehead
  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • A loss of smell
  • Green or yellow mucus and post-nasal drip
  • Headache in the forehead

An acute sinus infection caused by a cold typically lasts less than four weeks. Subacute sinusitis can last for up to 3 months. The same goes for chronic sinusitis, which is often caused by bacteria.

Sinus Infection Causes

Even though viral infections like colds primarily cause sinus infections, they have other causes, too. Bacterial infections, allergies, nasal polyps, and a deviated septum can all cause sinusitis. Other sinus infection causes in adults and children include cystic fibrosis, changes in altitude, smoking, a weakened immune system, and large adenoids.

Diagnosing a Sinus Infection

When diagnosing a sinus infection, a doctor will ask about symptoms and do a physical exam. The doctor may use an endoscope to check the sinuses. For abnormally structured sinuses, X-rays or CT scans may provide a clearer view. The doctor will also take mucus cultures to rule out bacterial or fungal infections.

Treating a Sinus Infection

Treating a sinus infection may be as simple as taking over-the-counter medications. However, bacterial sinusitis entails antibiotics. Allergy-related sinusitis symptoms should be treated with antihistamines and other allergy medications.

Preventing a Sinus Infection

It is not always possible to prevent a sinus infection after a cold. However, it is essential to avoid allergens that can worsen the infection. Also, maintain good hygiene to help prevent colds and bacterial infections. Use a humidifier to maintain humidity levels, especially in a dry climate.

Visit Legacy ER & Urgent Care for Sinus Infection Treatment

Legacy ER & Urgent Care is here to meet your medical care needs by providing affordable pricing and quality care. As part of Intuitive Health’s innovative hybrid model ER and urgent care system, patients are only billed for the level of care they receive from professional and highly trained medical staff. With six facilities located in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, emergent and non-emergent care are accessible and transparent, focusing on superb customer service.

Legacy ER & Urgent Care has six convenient locations in the DFW area:

  • Allen – Legacy ER & Urgent Care is located at 1310 W. Exchange Pkwy Allen, TX 75013, and may be reached at 972-526-5819.
  • Coppell – Legacy ER & Urgent Care is located at 330 S Denton Tap Rd Coppell, TX 75019 and may be reached at 469-702-9917.
  • Frisco East – Legacy ER & Urgent Care is located at 16151 Eldorado Pkwy Frisco, TX 75035 and may be reached at 972-526-7009.
  • Frisco West – Legacy ER & Urgent Care is located at 9205 Legacy Dr. Frisco, TX 75033, and may be reached at 972-526-7020.
  • McKinney – Legacy ER & Urgent Care is located at 2810 Hardin Blvd McKinney, TX 75072 and may be reached at 972-573-6688.
  • North Richland Hills – Legacy ER & Urgent Care is located at 8950 N. Tarrant Pkwy North Richland Hills, TX 76182, and may be reached at 817-663-1247