Dr. Douglas Dedo, MD

5 Signs You Might Have A Sinus Infection

infectionDid you know that a sinus infection is just another word for sinusitis? While chronic sinusitis lasts for 12 weeks or more, a traditional sinus infection can last between four and 12. But how do you know if you’re experiencing a sinus or nose infection? Here are some of the most common symptoms associated with sinus infections.

Congestion

If you’re experiencing nasal congestion, you might have trouble breathing through your nose due to the swelling and discharge. While this is a common symptom of sinus infections, this is also seen in other simple colds and cases of influenza. Before you self-diagnose, be sure to consult your doctor if you’re experiencing other symptoms along with congestion.

Nasal Discharge

This is another symptom that doesn’t necessarily mean you have a sinus infection; however, it will be rare to witness a sinus infection that doesn’t also come with nasty nasal discharge. With a sinus infection, your mucus will be discolored. It will likely be cloudy, green, yellow, or a mixture. You’ll probably be blowing your nose a lot, so don’t be afraid to get a little gross and examine your mucus.

Sinus Pain

This is the first major sign that you may be experiencing sinusitis symptoms. Pain, inflammation, and swelling in your sinuses can cause discomfort around your cheeks, nose, and forehead. You might also experience pain in your upper jaw, ears, and teeth.

Sinus Headaches

Along with sinus pain, you may experience headaches in conjunction with the other symptoms already listed. The swelling and inflammation in your sinuses might cause headaches and even earaches. You’ll likely experience the worst of these symptoms in the morning after you wake up. This is because you haven’t been moving, allowing fluids to collect throughout the night.

Fever

If you have a high fever, regardless of the illness, it’s important to get help for it sooner than later. If regular medications don’t work when you try to treat the ailment yourself, it’s time to see a doctor.

Contrary to popular belief, most sinus infections aren’t treated with antibiotics; they tend to clear up on their own with rest and hydration. If your conditions become chronic, then there are ways to prevent symptoms from worsening while your body heals. When symptoms persist, your Ear, Nose, and Throat specialist may recommend more permanent sinusitis treatments.

Chronic sinusitis can be treated through balloon sinuplasty methods. In fact, more than 150,000 people have received sinuplasty since balloon sinuplasty received FDA approval in 2005. Talk to your local Palm Beach Ear, Nose, and Throat doctor to discuss your options regarding chronic sinusitis.