Sinus Infections and Allergies
The sinuses are air-filled cavities located throughout the face and head. When they become inflamed, it’s known as Sinusitis, or more commonly a sinus infection. This sinus inflammation is usually caused by a bacterial infection. People with weak immune systems are more susceptible to sinus infections.
Signs of a Sinus Infection
- Bad breath
- Discolored nasal discharge
- Frontal headaches
- Nasal stuffiness or congestion
- Pain in the teeth
- Postnasal drip
- Tenderness of the face, especially under the eyes
Treatments for Sinus Problems
Often times, a simple antibiotic strictly taken will sooth or eliminate the symptoms of a sinus infection. As a supplement to the antibiotics, we might prescribe or recommend a nasal decongestant spray, saline washes, or a topical corticosteroid.
If you’re suffering from chronic sinus infections, give us a call and we’ll set up a consultation with one of our experts.
Frequently Asked Questions about Sinus Infections
- How long do sinus infections last? With proper treatment, a sinus infection should run its course in 7 to 14 days.
- Do allergies make sinus infections worse? The body’s reaction to an allergen can cause the sinuses to swell, trapping bacteria in the nose resulting in a sinus infection. However, sinus infections do not cause allergies.
- Are sinus infections contagious? If the infection is caused by a virus, it’s possible to spread to other people. If the infection is caused by bacteria, it’s not contagious.
- What makes sinus infections worse? Not drinking enough water, smoking or being around a smoker, drinking alcohol.