Doesn’t your stuffy nose know you have a holiday calendar to tend to? Unfortunately, no.

But our team at AFC Urgent Care Sevierville doesn’t want you suffering a stuffy nose when you have plans for the holiday season. That’s why we’re sharing insight to help you find relief from nasal congestion and other sinus infection symptoms as soon as possible.

Do I Have a Sinus Infection?

It can be hard to tell the difference between a cold and a sinus infection, especially since the symptoms can be so similar. However, a cold virus usually goes away after five to seven days.

Therefore, if you are suffering from the following symptoms for more than a week, it might be time to visit a doctor.

Signs of a Sinus Infection

  • Facial tenderness
  • Ear pain
  • Nasal congestion
  • Loss of smell
  • Runny nose
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Swelling in face
  • Sinus pressure
  • Headaches
  • Throat pain

Can I Treat My Sinus Infection at Home?

If you suffer from acute sinusitis, which usually lasts less than a month, home remedies might help you find relief. Nasal saline, OTC decongestants and a humidifier can help alleviate symptoms.

But if your symptoms last longer or keep coming back, you might be suffering from chronic sinusitis and need additional treatment.

Treatment for a Sinus Infection

  • Take antibiotics as prescribed.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Follow a healthy diet.
  • Use a Neti Pot or saline spray.
  • Try an OTC antihistamine or decongestant.

Do you think your stuffy nose might be a sign of a sinus infection? Visit AFC Urgent Care Sevierville today, especially if your symptoms have been dragging on for longer than a week with no relief!