Sinus Infections

Sinus infection, also known as "sinusitis" is a common medical problem which accounts for many visits to doctors' offices throughout the year.  

Symptoms of Sinus Infections

Typical symptoms include, but are not limited to, persistent headache, sore throat, fever, chills, cough, and fatigue.  During the summer months, a sinus infection can develop due to increased histamine and mucus production in people who are allergic to pollen and flowering plants and trees.  In the winter months, sinus infections are common because the bacteria which cause sinus infections are contagious and are transmitted through coughing and sneezing.

 

Over The Counter Treatments For Sinus Infections

Over the counter antihistamines and decongestants can be helpful to eradicate a sinus infection or help with the uncomfortable symptoms.  These over the counter (OTC) medicines help to dry out the sinuses and kill the bacteria which need a moist environment to live and to reproduce.  If, however, the over the OTC medicines do not provide relief within three to four days, medical treatment may be necessary.

 

Medical Treatment For Sinus Infections

Medical treatment typically will include a course of antibiotics specifically targeted to eradicate the bacteria that is most likely causing the sinusitis, powerful oral antihistamines and/or decongestants, steroid medication, and nasal steroid sprays.  Patients should start to feel some relief within 24 to 48 hours, but the entire length of treatment my be for 7-10 days.

 

If you suspect you may have a sinus infection, come see us today!