Have you ever felt like you had a cold that just wouldn’t go away? It seems like the nasal drainage and blockage just keeps hanging on. There is a good chance you are suffering from sinusitis (an infection or inflammation of the sinuses).
Approximately 1 in 8 adults come down with sinusitis each year. Symptoms include: Stuffy, congested, or blocked nose Pain or pressure, in the face, head, or around the eyes Cold symptoms that last longer than usual Symptoms that do not improve within 2-3 weeks of getting sick, or initially get better but worsen again
Many cases of sinus infections resolve on their own and do not require a doctors visit. But, sometimes symptoms persist far longer than usual. In such cases, you may wish to be seen.
Viral or Bacterial?
Once diagnosed, treatment depends on whether or not your sinusitis is caused by a virus or bacteria. The majority of cases are viral and should not be treated with antibiotics. Instead, pain relievers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, over the counter decongestant and steroid preparations, or salt water rinses of the nose are suggested.
See A Doctor If…
But, be sure to check with your doctor before beginning treatment. If the following occur, please seek immediate emergency medical attention:
- Intense sweating
- Horrible chills
- Inability to or difficulty breathing
Here at Beaumont Emergency Center we are staffed with real board-certified physicians and are able to offer the same medical expertise as a traditional hospital emergency room without the annoyingly long wait times and with a level of VIP service, you will not experience anywhere else. While we always hope that we will never have to see you, rest assured knowing that if you do, we will be here 24/7.