Facts About a Sinus Infection

Sinus infectionWhat is a sinus infection?

A sinus infection, also known as sinusitis, begins when airborne bacteria, spores or particles block the sinuses. Inflammation and swelling follow, and when sinus fluids can’t properly drain, a sinus infection develops. 

How does a sinus infection happen?

The sinuses are basically four air-pockets around the nose and eyes that are connected to your nasal passages. When you breathe in air, small hairs called cilia capture foreign particles before they can enter the body. If bacterium is missed, it can lodge in the opening of the sinus, closing off drainage. As fluid and mucus build up, the bacteria spreads and a sinus infection occurs.

What are the symptoms of a sinus infection?

A sinus infection or acute sinusitis is usually diagnosed if you have two or more symptoms and/or the presence of thick, green, or yellow nasal discharge.  Sinus Infection or sinusitis symptoms may be one or several of the following:

  • Facial pain and pressure
  • Stuffy nose and nasal discharge
  • Fatigue
  • Bad breath
  • Loss of smell
  • Cough/congestion
  • Headaches

How serious is a sinus infection?

Over 37 million Americans experience at least one sinus infection a year. Sinus infections are very uncomfortable but are easily treated with antibiotics.  Like any other bacterial infection, the longer you let a sinus infection go untreated, the more serious it becomes.

Can I get treated for a sinus infection at FastMed Urgent Care?

Yes. We have onsite testing labs at each of our FastMed medical clinics, so test results are fast and convenient. If a sinus infection is confirmed, we will prescribe the appropriate course of antibiotics. Staff can even provide you with onsite medications, so you leave our clinic with your medications in hand. Find the FastMed Urgent Care nearest you and don’t worry about an appointment : we’re open 365 days a year, and walk-ins are always welcome.

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