What Should I Know About Sinusitis?

The current fall season is a typically a common time of year for sinus infections, due the prevalence of allergens like ragweed ad the start to school, where viruses are more easily passed from one person to another.

While sinus infections (sinusitis) aren’t pleasant to experience, they’re quite treatable and often don’t last for very long. Our AFC Urgent Care Fountain City team provides more helpful information below, so keep reading!

What Causes Sinusitis?

Sinusitis is an inflammation of the tissue lining the sinuses. The sinuses are four paired cavities (spaces) in the head, which are connected by narrow channels.

When sinuses are healthy, they’re filled with air. However, when they become blocked and filled with fluid, germs can grow and cause a sinus infection (sinusitis). Viruses cause most sinus infections, but bacteria and some allergens can also cause sinus infections.

Common Sinusitis Symptoms

  • Thick, yellow or greenish mucus from the nose (runny nose) or down the back of the throat (postnasal drainage)
  • Blocked or stuffy nose that causes difficulty breathing through the nose
  • Pain, tenderness, swelling and pressure around the eyes, cheeks, nose or forehead that worsens when bending over

How Treatable Is Sinusitis?

Sinus infections are treatable, and most people recover without seeing a doctor or taking antibiotics. However, tell your doctor if you have repeat or chronic sinus infection issues. You could have an underlying medical condition, such as nasal polyps.

If you don’t have chronic sinus issues and you believe your infection is a one-time thing, consider the below-mentioned home remedies to feel better.

Ways to Treat Sinusitis

  • Drink plenty of water. This will help flush out your system.
  • Hydrate your sinuses. Turning on a humidifier or inhaling steam can help relieve sinus pressure.
  • Ease facial pain with warm compresses. Applying moist, warm heat may help soothe sinus pain.
  • Use OTC decongestants. Medications such as Sudafed may relieve sinusitis symptoms by narrowing the blood vessels. If you have high blood pressure, though, consult with your doctor or pharmacist before taking Sudafed.

Do you have additional questions about sinusitis? Don’t hesitate to reach out to our AFC team today!