It’s hard to tell the difference between allergies, colds, and sinus infections. Since your treatment depends on the right diagnosis, it’s important to consult Franklyn Gergits, DO, MS, at Sinus & Allergy Wellness Center. He has years of experience evaluating your symptoms and getting to the source of your problem so he can prescribe the best treatment. To schedule an appointment, call one of the offices in Fountain Hills or Scottsdale, Arizona, or use the online booking feature.
A sinus infection, also called acute sinusitis, develops when your sinuses become inflamed and swollen. As a result, mucus becomes trapped in the sinuses, which leads to an infection. Acute sinus infections appear suddenly, then get better within four weeks.
In most cases, acute sinusitis is caused by the same virus that’s responsible for the common cold. You may be at a higher risk for getting sinus infections if you have hay fever or other allergies that affect your sinuses.
Patients with a deviated nasal septum or nasal polyps are also more susceptible to sinus infections.
The first symptoms of a sinus infection resemble a common cold, whether or not the condition started with a cold.
You’ll have classic symptoms such as a runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, cough, sneezing, and possibly a low-grade fever. When a sinus infection develops, you’ll experience other symptoms, including:
If your symptoms improve and then suddenly get worse, or they last longer than 10 days, a bacterial infection may have developed.
You should schedule an appointment at Sinus & Allergy Wellness Center when you suspect a bacterial infection, or if you develop symptoms of a serious infection, such as swelling or redness around your eyes, a high fever, or changes in your vision.
The treatment for a sinus infection focuses on relieving your symptoms. Dr. Gergits may recommend a saline nasal spray to clear your nasal passageways and over-the-counter or prescription nasal sprays containing corticosteroids, decongestants, or antihistamines.
If Dr. Gergits suspects you have allergies, he goes over your medical history to identify potential allergens, and he may perform allergy tests. Depending on the severity of your symptoms and your test results, you may be a good candidate for allergy shots or custom-made allergy drops.
Most viral sinus infections heal on their own, but you should seek medical care any time you need symptom relief or your symptoms worsen. To schedule an appointment, call Sinus & Allergy Wellness Center or use the online booking tool.