According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, around 31 million Americans are affected each year by sinus infections.

Our team from AFC Urgent Care Cleveland wants you to know symptoms to watch out for when it comes to a sinus infection, as well as how you can prevent one from happening in the first place.

What Is a Sinus Infection?

When a sinus infection occurs, it means that the lining of the sinuses have become swollen and/or inflamed. There are a number of reasons why a sinus infection can occur, including the common cold, allergies, nasal polyps or even a tooth infection.

It is important to recognize the symptoms of a sinus infection as soon as possible so that you can seek medical attention sooner rather than later.

Sinus Infection Symptoms

  • Postnasal drip
  • Discolored nasal discharge
  • Nasal stuffiness
  • Congestion
  • Tenderness of the face
  • Frontal headaches
  • Pain in the teeth
  • Cough
  • Fever

How Do You Treat a Sinus Infection?

Fortunately, more than 70% of sinus infections go away within two weeks. However, if your sinus infection is due to bacteria, antibiotics can help to kill the infection sooner rather than later.

In addition to antibiotics if prescribed, you can try using nasal saline washes, antihistamines and nasal decongestant sprays to help find relief from a sinus infection.

Ways to Prevent a Sinus Infection

  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Kept the nose moist with saline spray.
  • Manage allergies.
  • Avoid nasal irritants like smoke.
  • Boost immune system with regular exercise and a balanced diet.

Do you think you might have a sinus infection? Stop by AFC Urgent Care Cleveland today! No appointment is needed.