More than 30 million people living within the United States are diagnosed with sinus infections each year.

While a Neti Pot can help you to find relief from your nasal congestion, our team at AFC Urgent Care Ooltewah wants you to consider some other treatment options when it comes to finding relief from a sinus infection.

What Is a Sinus Infection?

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

There are two types of sinus infections—acute and chronic sinusitis. While acute sinus infections tend to last only a month or less, chronic sinusitis can last longer than 12 weeks and may keep coming back.

Signs of a Sinus Infection

  • Cough
  • Headaches
  • Hoarseness
  • Nasal congestion
  • Nasal discharge
  • Pain in sinuses
  • Sore throat
  • Throat irritation

When Should I See a Doctor for My Symptoms?

If you have nasal congestion and any other symptoms of a sinus infection that last longer than a week or keep coming back, then it is time to seek medical attention.

While home remedies like a warm washcloth over your face, a humidifier and a Neti Pot can help you to alleviate symptoms, sometimes further treatment is necessary.

Treatment for a Sinus Infection

  • Allergy medication
  • Antibiotics
  • Nasal decongestant spray
  • OTC antihistamines
  • Pain relievers

Are you still suffering from sinus infection symptoms for longer than a week or two? Visit AFC Urgent Care Ooltewah today for a quick medical evaluation so we can get you back to feeling your best!