Suffer from sinus pain and pressure? Have a runny or stuffy nose? These symptoms are a nuisance and are often signs of a sinus infection, which is more common in people who have allergies. Fortunately, you can find relief in Illinois from allergists in Downers Grove like Dr. Raymond Pongonis and Dr. David Knysak.
A sinus infection occurs when a microorganism like a virus invades your sinuses. In some cases, the infection may stem from bacteria. Although it’s uncommon, fungi can also cause a sinus infection.
Often, when you have a sinus infection, you develop sinusitis, which means you have inflammation in your sinus cavity.
If you have a sinus infection, you may have a runny or stuffy nose. You may feel pressure or pain in your face where your sinuses are. A headache or sore throat might occur as well.
You’re more at risk for sinus infection if you smoke, have allergies, or have a weakened immune system.
Treatments for a Sinus Infection
A medical practitioner will ask you about your symptoms. He/she will want to know where you have pain and tenderness. In most cases, a flashlight and speculum will be used to examine the internal aspects of your nose. Often, this is enough to diagnose your condition.
Corticosteroid reduces inflammation. For a sinus infection, a doctor will prescribe you one that you can take via your nose. You either inhale it or spray it.
Some examples include Flonase and Nasacort.
An antibiotic is effective at treating sinus infections that stem from a bacterial infection. This treatment for sinusitis isn’t a common option, but a doctor may prescribe it if you have an acute sinus infection that’s persistent or severe. He/she may also prescribe you an antibiotic if you have progressive symptoms that aren’t clearing up on their own.
An example is amoxicillin, which is in the same family as penicillin. This particular option is most effective in treating uncomplicated sinus infections. Sometimes, you will be prescribed with amoxicillin-clavulanate, known by the brand name Augmentin.
Over-the-Counter Decongestants and Antihistamines
The medical practitioner may also recommend that you take an over-the-counter decongestant to relieve congestion in your nasal passageways. It also helps relieve any pressure you have from the infection. The drug works by breaking up mucus and decreasing inflammation and swelling.
There is also the antihistamine which can reduce inflammation if your allergies cause your sinus infection to worsen. This will help clear blockage in your sinus passages as well as reduce inflammation that you have from your allergies.
You only want to use over-the-counter medication for sinus infection if a specialist recommends it. Nasal Saline Wash A saline nasal wash consists of a rubber nasal bulb or another similar device that you fill with a specialized saline solution made for your nose. You squeeze the solution in your nose, and it helps clear out your nasal passages. This treatment flushes out debris, excess mucus, dust, and pollen.
How Allergists in Illinois Can Help You
You don’t have to suffer the unpleasantness of a sinus infection. Our practitioners have extensive training in allergic conditions and nasal problems. Our specialists can determine an appropriate treatment to relieve your symptoms and possibly treat the underlying cause of your sinus infection.
Schedule an appointment with Oak Brook Allergists, serving Downers Grove, Elmhurst, Naperville, Plainfield, and the surrounding Illinois regions, to find relief of your sinus infection symptoms. Call us at 630-574-0460, or use our convenient contact form.