Sinus Infections

Sinus Infections

Experiencing pressure, pain in your face, and a persistent cold that just won't go away? Wondering if it's a simple cold or possibly a sinus infection?

At Vital Urgent Care, we understand the discomfort and desire for fast relief. Our compassionate medical team can assess your symptoms and provide the appropriate treatment to help you feel better sooner.

Sinus infections, also known as rhinosinusitis, occur when your nasal cavities become infected, swollen, and inflamed due to trapped fluid, allowing germs to thrive. These infections often persist even after other upper respiratory symptoms have resolved, following a cold or allergic flare-up.

There are two types of sinusitis – acute and chronic. Acute sinusitis typically lasts less than four weeks and is commonly associated with a cold or respiratory illness. Medications are usually effective in treating acute infections. On the other hand, chronic sinusitis lasts longer than eight weeks or recurs frequently with more than four sinus infections per year.

Your sinuses play a crucial role in defending against viruses and bacteria. These interconnected hollow cavities in your skull contain a protective mucous layer and tiny hair-like structures called cilia that help trap and eliminate bacteria and pollutants.

If you experience symptoms like a stuffy or runny nose, facial pain or pressure, sore throat, fever, headache, loss of smell, postnasal drip, coughing, fatigue, or weakness after a cold or seasonal allergies, visit Vital Urgent Care. Our caring medical team will evaluate your condition and may recommend additional tests, such as flu or COVID-19 screenings, to determine the underlying cause.

During your visit, our medical team will review your symptoms and conduct a physical exam. This may involve using an otoscope to examine your ear and nose for signs of swelling, congestion, or infection.

Treatment for sinus infections depends on your age and the severity of the infection. While some sinus infections improve without antibiotics, bacterial infections may require antibiotic treatment. Our provider will prescribe antibiotics based on your individual circumstances, considering factors such as age and penicillin allergies.

In addition to medical intervention, there are home remedies to alleviate sinus pain and pressure. These include using a neti pot to flush nasal passages with a salt and distilled water solution, staying hydrated to thin mucus, getting enough rest, and keeping your head elevated. If symptoms persist beyond 12 days, seek further treatment at Vital Urgent Care.

While waiting for the infection to clear, you can manage discomfort by using heat pads, saline nasal sprays, vaporizers, or humidifiers. Over-the-counter pain relievers like decongestants, ibuprofen, or acetaminophen may help alleviate pain, but consult your healthcare provider before starting any new medications to ensure suitability.

At Vital Urgent Care, we offer comprehensive care for various illnesses, including colds, flu, and bronchitis. Rest assured, we are here to support your healthcare needs.

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