Sinus Infection

Shaker Urgent Care & Family Practice

Family Medicine located in Greensburg, PA, Mt. Pleasant, PA, Donegal, PA

A sinus infection can feel like a bad cold that won’t go away, but family physician Milad Shaker, MD, offers prompt treatment. He treats sinus infections in patients of all ages at Shaker Urgent Care & Family Practice in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. If you or a loved one suffer from a sinus infection, call or book an appointment online today.

Sinus Infection Q & A

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What is a sinus infection?

Sinuses are air-filled cavities that are built into the bones of your skull. You have a total of eight sinuses located around your nose, in your cheeks, and above your eyes. These cavities are lined with soft tissue called mucosa.

Healthy sinuses are open, which allows normal airflow and mucus drainage between your nose and sinuses. The infection causes the sinuses to become inflamed and swollen, which blocks the normal flow of air and mucus. When mucus becomes trapped in the sinuses, it can cause pain and other sinus infection symptoms.

What are the symptoms of a sinus infection?

Sinus infections may start out as a common cold and develop into a lingering condition. Symptoms of a sinus infection typically include:

  • Discolored (green or yellow) nasal discharge
  • Pain in the front of the head
  • Pain in the teeth
  • Nasal congestion
  • Postnasal drip
  • Fever and fatigue
  • Bad breath

Acute sinus infections resolve within four weeks. Sinus infections that last 12 weeks or longer are considered chronic.  

How common is a sinus infection?

Sinus infections are a prevalent condition in the United States, affecting over 30 million men, women, and children each year. Additionally, about 15% of Americans suffer from chronic sinusitis, making it the most common chronic disease in the United States.

How do you diagnose and treat a sinus infection?

First, Dr. Shaker performs a physical exam, including a careful inspection of your nose, throat, and sinuses. He checks for signs of a sinus infection, including:

  • Redness and swelling in the nasal passages
  • Tenderness of the face
  • Discolored nasal discharge
  • Bad breath

He may also perform tests — such as nasal endoscopy — to visually inspect the inside of your sinuses.

Then, he recommends the best treatment for your particular condition. Most acute sinus infections are caused by a virus and resolve on their own. Dr. Shaker may recommend treatments to relieve your symptoms while the infection heals, such as:

  • Saline nasal spray
  • Nasal corticosteroids
  • Decongestants
  • Over-the-counter pain relievers

If the infection doesn’t clear within 7-10 days, Dr. Shaker may prescribe antibiotics. For cases of chronic sinusitis, he may refer you to an allergist/immunologist to treat your condition.

To find relief from a sinus infection, call Shaker Urgent Care & Family Practice or book an appointment online.