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Sinus Infection Treatment

The sinuses are the hollow spaces inside the nose, and they can become swollen and inflamed if they get infected by a bacterial or viral agent. Swelling and inflammation may interfere with the drainage process of the nasal cavity, which can result in a mucus buildup. 

People often experience difficulty in breathing and severe pain around the eyes and face. The common cold often causes sinus infections; this ailment usually resolves within 7 to 10 days. However, if it lasts more than 12 weeks, then it’s essential to seek help.

GuruMD offers medical advice and treatment for sinus infections, both in-person and online. Here’s some general information about sinus infections and our services to get you started.

What Is Sinus Infection?

Healthy sinuses fill with air, but they can block the nasal passage if they become inflamed. As a result, fluid begins to accumulate and may lead to infection by various microorganisms. There are two types of sinus infections, acute and chronic.

An acute sinus infection is often caused by a cold or allergies which will last less than 12 weeks. However, chronic sinus infections usually last for over 12 weeks, and they can be caused by a nasal blockage, bacterial infection, and other health issues that require further investigation.

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Sinus Infection Symptoms

The common symptoms of acute sinus infections are:

  • Congestion
  • Facial pain
  • Loss of smell
  • Cough
  • Runny nose
  • Bad breath
  • Fatigue
  • Dental pain
  • Fever

The symptoms of chronic sinus infections are:

  • Nasal obstruction
  • Pus in the nasal cavity
  • Runny nose
  • Discolored postnasal drainage
  • Fever
  • Congestion in the face
  • Dental pain
  • Bad breath
  • Headache

How Does GuruMD Treat Sinus Infections?

At GuruMD, we offer telehealth services and walk-in options for patients with sinus infections. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms of sinus infections, all you have to do is create an account to speak with one of our online or in-person medical providers. 

Our board-certified professionals can assess your symptoms and tailor the perfect treatment plan for you.  If the sinus infection has resulted in malodorous and discolored nasal discharge along with fever and other symptoms that have been present for more than 7 to 10 days, then that may indicate a bacterial infection. 

If this is the case, the doctor will prescribe antibiotic medications to get rid of the infectious agent. However, if this is due to a viral infection, the doctor may prescribe saline solutions and other decongestion alleviate the symptoms. They may also provide consultation to advise at-home remedies such as a warm compress, hydration, and a humidifier to mitigate the symptoms for a speedy recovery. 

Are you experiencing a sinus infection? Register for your GuruMD account now to get the treatment you need.