An estimated 31 million people develop sinus infections each year, and they spend over $1 billion on over-the-counter medications. If you or a member of your family have sinusitis symptoms, make an appointment at Columbia Asthma & Allergy Clinic, with 13 convenient locations in four states: Fremont, Oakland, Redwood City, Sunnyvale, San Mateo, and San Leandro, California; Clackamas and Gresham, Oregon; Bellevue, Fishers Landing, Longview, and Salmon Creek, Washington; and Eagle, Idaho. The doctors offer expert diagnosis and treatment to heal your sinuses and restore your health. Call or make an appointment online today.
Your sinuses are the hollow cavities behind your nose, cheeks, eyes, and forehead. They warm and moisturize the air you breathe and help create voice resonance. A sinus infection is an illness that occurs when a virus or bacteria causes inflammation and excess mucus production in the tissue that lines your sinuses.
Sinus infections cause symptoms similar to those caused by colds, including:
Colds tend to get better within 10 days. Sinus infections, on the other hand, are known to linger for weeks or even months.
In many cases, a sinus infection will go away if you rest and take care of yourself. However, if you have symptoms for more than a week, you should make an appointment at Columbia Asthma & Allergy Clinic.
Additionally, if you have symptoms such as double vision, neck stiffness, or a thick green mucus discharge, you should get professional medical attention.
The doctors at Columbia Asthma & Allergy Clinic provide thorough exams to diagnose sinus infections. They ask about your symptoms, and want to know how long you’ve had symptoms and whether they’ve grown worse.
Your doctor will also look inside your nose with an otoscope to look for signs of congestion or inflammation. The doctors also use nasal endoscopy to examine the insides of your sinuses and take nasal swabs to test for fungal or bacterial infections.
Treatment for your sinus infection depends on what’s causing it. For example, your doctor can prescribe an antibiotic to treat a bacterial infection, but if your sinus infection is due to a virus, you may need to rest and treat your symptoms.
If you have chronic sinusitis due to a structural abnormality, your doctor may recommend a minimally invasive procedure such as sinuplasty or septum repair.
Call Columbia Asthma & Allergy Clinic or schedule a consultation online today for expert diagnosis and treatment for sinus infections.