Did you know? More than 35 million people living in the United States experience sinusitis, commonly known as a sinus infection, at least once a year.
Our team at AFC Urgent Care Sevierville wants to help you recognize the signs of a sinus infection as soon as possible, as well as how to treat a sinus infection so that you can get back to your normal routine sooner rather than later.
How Do You Get a Sinus Infection?
A sinus infection occurs when an infection occurs in the nasal passages. The infection can be caused by allergies, nasal polyps and even tooth infections—and can cause the nasal passages to swell, causing uncomfortable symptoms.
Because the symptoms of a sinus infection can be similar to those of a common cold, it is important to seek medical attention from our urgent care center to ensure your symptoms are being treated in the most effective way possible.
Symptoms of a Sinus Infection
- Sinus pressure behind the eyes and the cheeks
- Runny, stuffy nose
- Bad breath
- Thick yellow or green mucus draining from your nose
- Post-nasal drip
What Happens If Your Sinus Infection Goes Untreated?
Although rare, meningitis or a brain abscess can occur if a sinus infection is severe and is never treated. Therefore, it is always best to play it safe by seeking medication attention when symptoms of a sinus infection emerge and linger.
You don’t have to live with sinus pain. There is treatment available to help you find relief sooner rather than later!
Treatment of a Sinus Infection
- Antibiotics, if the infection is bacterial in nature
- Nasal decongestants
- Topical nasal corticosteroids
- Nasal saline washes
Think you may have a sinus infection? Visit our medical team at AFC Urgent Care Sevierville for a diagnosis and treatment plan as soon as possible! We are open seven days a week.