Sinus Infections: Causes, Symptoms, & Treatments
Each year, millions of Americans suffer from sinus infections. For some, the infection will clear up on its own or with the help of antibiotics. However, there are many people who suffer from chronic sinusitis, which is difficult to treat and can significantly impact the quality of life. If you are struggling to find relief from your sinusitis, Font ENT & Facial Plastics can help. Our experienced team offers a variety of treatments that are designed to improve sinus function and reduce inflammation.Schedule An Appointment Today
What is a sinus infection?
Sinus infections can be acute or chronic. Acute sinus infections are shorter in duration, while chronic sinus infections last longer than 12 weeks. Sinus infections can be caused by bacteria or viruses, and when the sinus cavities become inflamed blockages can occur that stop bacteria or viruses from getting out. This build-up is what leads to the infection. Treatment for a sinus infection depends on its cause but can include antibiotics, decongestants, or in-office treatments.
Common causes of sinus infections
- Nasal polyps
- Deviated septum
- Underlying conditions
- Respiratory infections
Common sinus infection symptoms
While sinus infections can be caused by a variety of things, there are some common symptoms that tend to accompany the condition. Symptoms like:
- Nasal congestion
- Nasal discharge
- Facial pain/pressure
- Loss of smell
- Bad breath
Overcoming sinus pain with the right treatment from Font ENT & Facial Plastics
Font ENT & Facial Plastics offers a variety of treatments that are designed to improve sinus function and reduce inflammation. Treatment options include antibiotics, decongestants, and in-office treatments.
In some cases, sinus infections can be treated at home with simple home remedies. Home remedies include:
- Drinking plenty of fluids
- Applying a warm compress
- Using a humidifier
If your sinus infection is severe or does not respond to home remedies, it is important to see a doctor. Sinus infections can lead to serious complications if they are not treated properly.
One of the most common treatments for sinus infections is medication. Antibiotics can be prescribed to help clear the infection, and decongestants can be used to reduce congestion.
In some cases, medications may not be enough to clear the infection or relieve symptoms. In these cases, our team may recommend in-office treatments. Like:
Balloon sinuplasty is a minimally-invasive procedure that uses a balloon to open the blocked sinus cavities. This allows drainage to occur and can improve sinus function.Tell Me More
Font ENT: The sinus infection specialists
Sinus infections can be tough to deal with, but Font ENT & Facial Plastics has your back. We'll get you on the right track for a successful treatment and recovery from whatever is happening in there!Schedule An Appointment Today