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SINUS INFECTIONS

A regular and healthy sinus should be filled with air. An infection in the sinuses means that they have been blocked and filled with fluid. Bacteria and other particles can build up and cause an infection.

Some of the leading causes of sinus infections include:

  • Nasal polyps, which are small growths in the nasal passages
  • Common cold
  • Allergic rhinitis, a condition that causes swelling due to allergens inside the nasal passages
  • Alteration in the the shape of the nasal cavity, which is referred to as a deviated septum

Types of Sinus infections

Sinus infection symptoms may vary depending on the type of sinus infection with which you are affected. Sinusitis infections can be grouped into the following:

  • Acute sinusitis is not severe and will entail symptoms related to a common cold, such as a stuffy nose, facial pain, and runny nose. It can start suddenly and last between 2 and 4 weeks
  • Subacute sinusitis – Will last between 4 and 12 weeks
  • Chronic sinusitis – Symptoms will run for 12 or more weeks
  • Recurrent sinusitis – Infection occurs several times within a year

Acute Sinusitis Symptom

The following are common acute sinus infections symptoms:

  • Loss of smell
  • Runny nose
  • Facial pressure or pain
  • Congestion

Other symptoms that one may experience with acute sinusitis include fever, bad breath, dental pain, and fatigue.

Chronic Sinusitis Symptoms

Sinusitis symptoms that last for more than 12 weeks are said to be chronic. A few examples include:

  • Pus in the nasal cavity
  • The feeling of fullness or congestion in your face
  • Runny nose and discolored discharge
  • Fever
  • Nasal blockage
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches

When you experience sinus infection symptoms for more than 12 weeks, you must see a doctor. Dr. Terrance Kwiaktowki is highly recommended by his patients, call 702-966-3100 to schedule an appointment with him today.

Treatment

For acute sinus infections, a doctor may prescribe decongestants and saline nasal spray. Using over the counter decongestants for more than three days is not advisable. For chronic sinus problems, you may need to take antibiotics. Also, moist and warm air can help relieve chronic sinusitis symptoms. It is important to avoid triggers linked to your sinuses or allergies.

 

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