The most common causes of sinus inflammation (sinusitis) are irritants, allergens, and the common cold. Any one of these can attack our sinus membranes, causing them to swell and trap mucus in the sinus cavity. The resulting headache, pressure, and aching are telltale signs of a sinus infection.
Is It a Sinus Infection?
How do you know it’s a sinus infection and not just a runny nose? Sinusitis sufferers generally experience several of the following symptoms at once:
- Pain or tenderness in face
- Aching in upper teeth
- Difficulty breathing through nose
- Green or yellow nasal discharge
- Persistent cough
At-Home Sinusitis Treatments
Most sinus infections are viral in nature and simply need to run their course. But that doesn’t mean you need to suffer through your sinusitis unaided. Be sure to drink water to keep your throat and sinuses lubricated.
Antibiotic Sinusitis Treatments
If several days have passed and you’re still not improving, you may have a bacterial sinus infection. Call (317) 745-3758 to make an appointment with one of our ear, nose, and throat doctors. They’ll run you through a thorough exam and, if necessary, prescribe an antibiotic to treat your sinus infection.
If you have a history of frequent sinus infections, you may be a candidate for sinusitis surgery. ENT Group LLC offers several types of sinus surgery.
Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery
This sinus surgery standard threads an endoscope (tiny camera) into the sinuses to observe and remove impediments to airflow. Nasal polyps and other blockages are often removed using this procedure.
This procedure surgically removes the adenoid—a tonsil-like tissue situated in the back of your nasal passage—to improve chronic sinusitis, earaches, and impaired breathing. Patients can expect to undergo general anesthesia before this sinusitis surgery, but recovery is quick.
While most cases of sinusitis will resolve with rest and at-home treatment, you should make an appointment with one of our ear, nose, and throat doctors if you’ve been sick for three or more days, have a fever with your symptoms, or have a history of frequent sinus infections.