Facial pain, stuffy nose, sore throat—oh my! Will this sinus infection ever end?

Well, it depends. Our team at AFC Urgent Care Hixson wants you to recognize the signs of a sinus infection so that you can seek treatment sooner rather than later.

What Is a Sinus Infection?

A sinus infection occurs when the cavities surrounding your nasal passages are inflamed.

There are two different types of sinus infections—acute sinusitis and chronic sinusitis. Acute sinusitis usually only lasts a month or less. However, if you experience chronic sinusitis, you could suffer from symptoms for at least 12 weeks, if not longer.

Sinus Infection Symptoms

  • Bad breath
  • Cough
  • Ear pain
  • Facial pain and/or tenderness
  • Fatigue
  • Nasal congestion
  • Nausea
  • Postnasal drainage
  • Reduced sense of smell
  • Sore throat

When Should You Go to the Doctor?

If your symptoms are actually caused by a cold, they should go away within a week or two. However, if you have the aforementioned symptoms, especially facial pain, for more than a week or two, you need to seek medical attention.

Sinus Infection Treatment

  • Allergy medicines
  • Antibiotics
  • Decongestants
  • Humidifier
  • Nasal saline
  • Painkillers
  • Steroids
  • Warm towel on face

Is your sinus infection not getting any better? Make a visit to AFC Urgent Care Hixson for a medical evaluation to find relief from your sinus infection as soon as possible!