What Is a Sinus Infection?
A sinus infection or inflammation, also called sinusitis, occurs when the tissue lining the sinuses becomes swollen
or inflamed or infected. While healthy sinuses are filled with air, blocked sinuses fill with fluid and slough, which
allows germs to grow, resulting in infection. A sinus blockage can be caused by a viral infection,
allergies, bacteria infection, nasal polyps, or even a deviated septum. (source)
Acute sinusitis usually co-occurs with a cold or other respiratory infection and lasts less than 4
weeks. Chronic sinusitis, on the other hand, lasts for more 12 weeks or is a recurring condition.
Sinusitis is characterized by the following symptoms:
Facial pressure or tenderness
Is It a Cold or Flu – or Sinusitis?
Both cold and flu viruses enter your body through your nose, eyes, or mouth—that is, your
mucous membranes. That is why hand hygiene is very important. While a common marker of the flu is a high fever, the flu and the common
cold share many similar symptoms, including nasal congestion, fatigue, cough, and sore throat.
Both the common cold and flu can result in sinusitis if your sinuses are blocked, enabling
bacteria to grow.
What Causes Sinusitis infection?
Most cases are caused by respiratory viruses and occasionally by a bacterial infection. Because viruses cause most cases, antibiotics are not generally used.
When To Consult A Doctor (https://Doctorsick.com)
Cold or allergy symptoms that don’t improve within 14 days
Cough that lasts longer than 10 days
Coughing up mucus that may be yellow or green
Thick, dark mucus coming from the nose
Feeling run-down or tired
If your symptoms persist.
Treatment Options: Amoxicillin-clavulanate, Cefpodoxime, Levaquin, or Doxycycline