What is Sinusitis?
Sinusitis, also known as a sinus infection, is a condition in which the tissues lining the sinuses become inflamed. When this occurs, the sinus cavities can become blocked with fluid, causing an infection.
Sinusitis can be triggered by viruses or bacteria. Viral sinus infections are the most common type of sinus infections, as commonly last about a week when treated with antibiotics. Bacterial sinus infections can develop if vital sinusitis is left untreated, and commonly last more than 10 days.
There is more than one type of sinusitis, including acute sinusitis, recurrent sinusitis, and chronic sinusitis. You are considered to have acute sinusitis is when symptoms last up to four weeks, recurrent sinusitis when symptoms are relieved but return every few weeks, and chronic sinusitis when symptoms last for more than 12 weeks.
Common symptoms associated with sinusitis include:
- Stuffy nose
- Facial pressure or pain
- Runny nose
- Dental pain
Individuals suffering from sinusitis may be recommended a decongestant or saline nasal wash, or may be prescribed antibiotics. If you are prescribed antibiotics, it is important to finish the full course of medication to combat recurrent symptoms.
Individuals can also take some at-home steps to help control sinusitis symptoms, including using warm compresses on the nose and sinuses to ease pain, using saline nose drops, and using over-the-counter decongestants.
Patients in the Evanston or Skokie areas who are experiencing sinusitis symptoms can trust Ultra Med Urgent Care to provide timely, effective care for fast relief.