Sinus infections can last 10 days to 12 weeks or longer. The symptoms of a sinus infection can include: · Postnasal drip, or the feeling of wanting to clear your throat · Nasal discharge (thick yellow or green discharge from nose) or stuffy nose · Facial pain or pressure, which can cause headaches and toothaches · Throat irritation and cough · Sore throat · Fever · Fatigue · Bad breath WHAT CAUSES IT? Sinus infections may be common, but the causes can vary. Sinus infections can be either viral or bacterial. They can also be caused by allergies, certain medications, and even structural differences in people’s sinuses. Regardless of the reason, the discomfort can be intense. WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT IT? As the weather cools down and seasonal sickness becomes more common, you may have trouble distinguishing if your persistent sinus issues are more than the usual cold. Some at-home remedies, like using a vaporizer or warm compresses, can offer relief. Drinking plenty of fluids can help keep mucus thin. Saline nose drops or nasal rinses are safe to use at home as well as over-the-counter decongestants, but don’t take them longer than the manufacturer recommends. If your cold lasts longer than 10 days, you should consult your medical provider. They can prescribe antibiotics or, for chronic cases, conduct physical tests or imaging exams to diagnose the infection or other condition. In severe cases, your physician may discuss surgery to offer relief. Sinus infections can be miserable, but there is help. If you suspect your symptoms may be the result of a sinus infection, do not hesitate to reach out to a provider. Mesa View can help. Our providers can discuss a range of solutions to offer relief and to help you breathe more easily so you can have a more enjoyable holiday season.V Nate Henry is a Family Nurse Practitioner seeing patients at Mesa View Medical Group and is accepting new patients of all ages. Call (702) 346-0800 today to set up an appointment, or stop by the practice located at 1301 Bertha Howe Avenue, Suite #1, Mesquite, Nevada 89027. To learn more, visit our website at MesaViewMedical.com.
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