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Posts for: November, 2016

By Center For Otolaryngology & Facial Plastic Surgery - Highland
November 08, 2016
Category: Otolaryngology
Tags: Allergies   Viral Infection   Bacteria  

Dealing with sinus symptoms that just won’t quit? Find out how we can help!

Sinus problems are a pretty common occurrence, with about 37 million Americans dealing with sinus infections each year. If you are someone who suffers from sinus pressure, congestion or headaches then it’s time you turned to our Highland, IN otolaryngologists for help.

At first glance it may seem easy enough to figure out that sometimes junk builds up in your sinuses, leading to facial pain, congestion and a host of other miserable issues; however, sinus problems are sometimes a bit more complicated than they may seem. Here are some common causes of acute sinus infections that may even be severe enough to lead to more chronic forms of infection.

A Viral Infection

Did you notice that your sinus infection showed up not long after a cold? If this is the case then your sinus infection may be the result of a virus. Unfortunately, antibiotics won’t cure your symptoms since these medications are only used to destroy bacteria.

Fortunately, many people will start to experience relief from their symptoms within a week or so. You can prevent these sinus issues in the future by protecting yourself from the common cold or flu. Wash your hands often, avoid those who are ill and consider getting a flu shot.

Allergies

Do you love being in the great outdoors but your sinuses don’t? Unfortunately, those who have allergies are more likely to deal with more vicious sinus infections. By avoiding your allergy triggers like pet dander, mold or pollen you can reduce your chances of a sinus infection. You can also try over-the-counter nasal sprays and antihistamines to reduce sinus swelling. Of course, our Highland ENT doctor can also prescribe stronger medications, if necessary.

Bacteria

If your cold symptoms are lingering around for a couple weeks then bacteria may be to blame. While bacteria don’t typically cause sinus infections, they can cause health complications that can lead to these infections. You may be able to avoid the presence of bacteria by taking a decongestant at the first signs of a cold. If your symptoms last for up to two weeks without relief then you may require antibiotics.

While these might be the root cause of your sinus issues, there are other potential causes that you may be facing if you have an acute sinus infection:

  • Nasal polyps
  • Environmental pollutants
  • Frequent flying (the air pressure during flights can cause sinus blockages)
  • Swimming or diving
  • Fungal infections
  • Smoking
  • Dry air
  • Chronic health problems (e.g. cystic fibrosis)

If you are still stumped as to what is causing your sinus issues don’t hesitate to turn to the sinus experts at the Center For Otolaryngology & Facial Plastic Surgery in Highland, IN. We can figure out what’s going on and come up with a treatment plan that works for you.




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