Sinus Infections & Congestion

Sinus infections result in congestion and inflammation of the sinuses. When you have a sinus infection, the sinus cavity normally filled with air becomes filled with fluid that can cause infection. Other symptoms you may experience include:

  • Facial pain or pressure
  • Runny nose
  • Loss of smell
  • Cough or congestion
  • Fever
  • Dental pain
  • Fatigue

Sinus infections may be acute, chronic, or recurrent. Our healthcare providers can determine what treatments are appropriate. Possible treatments for sinus infections include:

  • Decongestants
  • Saline nasal rinses
  • Humidified air
  • Warm compresses to the nose and sinuses
  • Drinking plenty of fluids

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Medications such as antibiotics or steroids may be given for symptoms that do not resolve with conservative management. If you experience chronic or recurrent sinus infections, you may be referred to an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialist.

Measures you can take to prevent sinus infections include:

  • Avoid smoking and second-hand smoke
  • Wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your face
  • Avoid seasonal allergy triggers