A sinus infection is a very common condition, affecting about 3 million Americans every year.
What causes a sinus infection?
Sinusitis or a sinus infection can develop when the nasal cavities can become inflamed, swollen, or infected.
Although it’s usually caused by a virus, bacteria and fungi may also lead to a sinus infection.
What are the symptoms of a sinus infection?
The most common symptoms of a sinus infection include nasal discharge, nasal congestion, sinus headaches, throat irritation, and cough.
In many cases, allergies, nasal polyps, and tooth infection can exacerbate the symptoms of a sinus infection.
When should you see a doctor?
Some cases of sinusitis can be resolved easily with some home remedies such as increasing hydration, getting enough sleep and taking decongestants.
However, there are some cases of sinus infection that can’t be easily relieved with these interventions alone. A good example is a sinus infection caused by bacteria.
If your sinusitis is due to a bacterial cause, you have to see a doctor to be prescribed with appropriate antibiotics.
You should also consider seeing an ENT specialist if your sinusitis symptoms persist over 2 weeks.
Greater Knoxville ENT has specialists who can assess your condition and recommend the most appropriate treatment for you. You can request an appointment by calling us at (865) 244-4396.