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!]]>