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- Pain in your upper jaws or teeth, eyes, nose or forehead
- A yellowish-green discharge when you blow your nose
- Congestion caused from swelling in your sinuses
- Severe headaches and earaches
- A sore throat and persistent cough
- Use a humidifier, especially in your bedroom; this keeps the air in your house moist, which soothes your sinuses. Dry air irritates your nasal passages and can cause increased mucus production, resulting in congestion and a sinus infection.
- Try an over-the-counter nasal irrigation kit; these kits, when used daily, can keep your nasal passages clean and free of mucus so bacteria won’t have a place to breed, causing a sinus infection. The saline solution also works to soothe your nasal passages.
- Wash your hands often, and don’t touch your face, nose, mouth or eyes; this helps to prevent spreading germs and bacteria to other places of your body.
- Stop smoking, because it increases mucus production and irritates your sinuses, providing an environment perfect for bacteria.
- Avoid alcohol, because alcohol can make your sinuses irritated and swollen, resulting in a sinus infection.
- Eat healthy and take your vitamins, especially vitamin C, and get sufficient exercise to keep your immune system at its peak so you can fight off a sinus infection.
Sinus infections (also known as acute or chronic sinusitis) are caused by swelling and inflammation in the sinus cavity. A sinus infection may start out as a basic cold, with similar symptoms including nasal congestion, itching, and a runny nose. Acute sinusitis is usually triggered by a common cold or seasonal allergies, and may be treated with over the counter medication like antihistamines and decongestants, or resolve on its own. Chronic sinusitis can last as long as eight weeks, and often results from an infection, or growths in the nasal passage, and may require prescription medication and medical treatment.
It can be difficult to distinguish between a cold and a sinus infection in the early stages, but the most common signs of a full blown sinus infection are:
- facial pain (ear, forehead, back of eyes)
- runny nose
- nasal congestion
- tenderness and swelling around the nose and eyes
- temporary loss of smell
- throat irritation
Sinusitis Treatment in Sun City West
When symptoms persist or are more severe than what seems reasonable for a cold, it may be necessary to see an otolaryngologist (head and neck/ear, nose and throat doctor) for treatment. The doctors at Sun City West based Arizona ENT can prescribe antibiotics for chronic sinusitis when caused by a bacterial infection, or recommend nasal irrigation depending on the patient and the symptoms.
Causes of a Sinus Infection
Sinusitis can develop from a common cold or flu, or from other sources including:
- Hay fever/seasonal allergies
- Non-allergy related rhinitis
- Nasal polyps (growths in the lining of the nose)
Contact a Nose Doctor in Sun City West
If you are suffering from signs and symptoms of a sinus infection that have not responded to at home or over the counter medication and persist for several weeks, contact an ear, nose, and throat doctor at Arizona ENT by calling (623) 975-1660 to schedule an appointment today.