In some cases, a bad cold may be mistaken for a sinus infection (sinusitis) due to the similar symptoms that occur. Typically, the shared symptoms among the afflictions can include headaches, facial pain, a runny nose, and nasal congestion. However, unlike a cold, sinus infection symptoms are usually caused by bacterial infections and require antibiotics to treat. Marlowe & Marrs, MD are dedicated to helping you address and resolve your ear, nose, and throat issues. If you think you may be suffering from a sinus infection, we are here to do all we can to help you.
Symptoms of a Sinus Infection
Sinusitis is an inflammation of the sinuses. It is often caused by a bacterial infection, but may sometimes develop due to viruses and fungi as well. People with weak immune systems are more likely to develop bacterial or fungal variants. Some people with allergies can develop “allergic fungal sinus infections.” A typical acute sinus infection lasts three to eight weeks, so a sinus infection lasting longer than eight weeks is considered chronic.
If you notice any of the following symptoms, we urge you to contact our Sarasota center for a comprehensive evaluation and diagnosis. Addressing sinusitis early on can lead to a speedy recovery.
Common Sinus Infection Symptoms:
- Postnasal drip
- Discolored nasal discharge (greenish in color)
- Nasal stuffiness or congestion
- Tenderness of the face (particularly under the eyes or at the bridge of the nose)
- Frontal headaches
- Pain in the teeth
- Bad breath
When you visit Marlowe & Marrs, we will provide you with a detailed diagnosis, covering all of the possible causes of your infection and identifying measures that can lead to a cure. Your diagnosis may depend on a variety of symptoms and require an examination of the throat, nose, and sinuses. If your sinus infection lasts longer than eight weeks, or if standard antibiotic treatment is not working, a sinus CT scan may be performed at our office. This exam uses a long, thin, flexible tube with a tiny camera and a light at one end that is inserted through the nose. If your sinus infection is chronic or has not improved after several rounds of antibiotics, a mucus culture may help us determine what is causing the infection. In this case, we will take some mucus samples from your nose or sinuses directly.
Treating Sinus Infections
After getting a full understanding of your symptoms and determining the possible cause of your sinusitis, we will provide you with a thorough treatment plan. Our usual treatments include prescribing antibiotics to be taken for the duration of 3-28 days. Topical nasal decongestants may also be provided in some cases. Additionally, antihistamines can be provided to fight symptoms of allergies that can lead to swollen nasal and sinus passages. For a full list of our treatment options, please contact us directly.
Sinus Infection Treatments In Sarasota, Florida
Suffering from a sinus infection can be debilitating. At Marlowe & Marrs, our dedicated staff of ENT experts is here to provide you with the diagnosis, treatment, and support you need to live a happy, healthy life. To learn more about our treatment options, make an appointment by calling (941) 303-8590 or selecting and filling out the appropriate form below.