If you have ever had a sinus infection (also known as sinusitis), you know how painful this condition can be. It typically results in swollen, inflamed nasal cavities and can last for a long time. Here is some information on common symptoms associated with this issue and when you may need to see a doctor.
Sinus Infection Causes
In most instances, a sinus infection will be caused by some sort of virus. However, there are some cases where allergies, nasal polyps, a deviated septum and even a tooth infection can trigger sinusitis. If the infection clears up relatively quickly it is known as acute sinusitis. If it lasts for two months or more, it is called chronic sinusitis.
Sinus Infection Symptoms To Look Out For
The most common symptom of a sinus infection is pain. There are several different sinuses located both above and below the eyes, any of which can hurt a great deal if an infection sets in. Many people feel pain on one side of the nose, in the forehead, between the eyes or in the teeth and upper jaws. But as bad as the pain may be, the nasal discharge that typically accompanies sinusitis is also no fun. You may have to blow your nose a great deal to get rid of the greenish-yellow discharge coming from your infected sinuses.
These are just a few of the common symptoms. Others include a sore throat, cough, headache and earache.
When to Visit a Doctor
In most instances, a sinus infection will eventually clear up on its own. However, there are other times where medical attention may be necessary. If your infection has lasted for more than 10 days and keeps returning, or if you have a fever along with sinus issues, please see your doctor so he or she can treat the problem properly. There may also be some underlying condition causing the infection that needs to be addressed.
Get in touch with your nearest Jupiter Medical Specialists Clinic location if you or a loved one is suffering from a sinus infection. Contact us online to schedule an appointment or to learn more about how we can help.