Symptoms, causes, and treatments for
Sinus congestion and the common cold go hand-in-hand. Every time you wipe your nose, you risk spreading germs to your sinuses (not to mention unsuspecting strangers asking to borrow your pen).
Sinus infection symptoms include:
Have constantly problematic sinuses? These conditions can increase your risk for repeated infection:
Around 29 million adults in the U.S. deal with sinusitis every year. The longer cold symptoms like a runny nose, facial pain, and stuffiness last, the more worried you should be.
Acute sinusitis is usually caused by a virus and may resolve itself within 10 days. If you continue having symptoms for more than 10 days you should come in and see a doctor: it’s likely your viral sinusitis has turned into bacterial sinusitis. Bacterial sinusitis occurs in 0.5% to 2% of viral sinusitis cases.
Antibiotics are prescribed for bacterial sinusitis if your symptoms don’t improve after 7 to 10 days, or when symptoms worsen after 7 to 10 days of supportive therapy.
You should also seek emergency medical attention regardless of the duration of symptoms if you experience:
Chronic sinusitis means you’ve suffered at least two, or more, of these symptoms for 12 weeks or longer despite receiving medical care:
Consider these tips to help reduce your chance of sinus infections: