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When to see a doctor for a sinus infection?

When to see a doctor for a sinus infection?

Because the symptoms of sinusitis sometimes mimic those of colds and allergies, you may not realize you need to see a doctor. If you suspect you have sinusitis, review these signs and symptoms. If you suffer from three or more, you should see your doctor.

Can a sinus infection be treated like a cold?

Unlike a cold, or allergy, bacterial sinusitis requires a physician’s diagnosis and treatment with an antibiotic to cure the infection and prevent future complications. Normally, mucus collecting in the sinuses drains into the nasal passages. When you have a cold or allergy attack, your sinuses become inflamed and are unable to drain.

Can a sinus infection be diagnosed in a child?

Sinusitis is difficult to diagnose in children because respiratory infections are more frequent, and symptoms can be subtle. Unlike a cold or allergy, bacterial sinusitis requires a physician’s diagnosis and treatment with an antibiotic to prevent future complications. The following symptoms may indicate a sinus infection in your child:

What kind of surgery is needed for sinus disease?

Functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) is recommended for certain types of sinus disease. With the endoscope, the surgeon can look directly into the nose, while at the same time, removing diseased tissue and polyps and clearing the narrow channels between the sinuses.

What causes sinus infection and when to see a doctor?

Sinusitis is usually caused by a virus and often persists even after other upper respiratory symptoms are gone. In some cases, bacteria, or rarely fungus, may cause a sinus infection. Other conditions such as allergies, nasal polyps, and tooth infections can also contribute to sinus pain and symptoms.

Why are sinus problems so difficult to fix?

One reason sinus problems can be so difficult to fix is that there are many different causes. Today I’m going to write about another very common, but often overlooked, cause of sinus problems. For fun I will share with you a story of a patient who was suffering from sinus problems that turned out to be caused by trouble in her intestines.

Can a sinus infection cause chronic sinusitis?

Chronic sinusitis can be brought on by an infection, by growths in the sinuses (nasal polyps) or by a deviated nasal septum.

Can a sinus infection be treated with antibiotics?

Antibiotics, like amoxicillin, are only used to treat acute sinusitis that has failed other treatments such as nasal steroid sprays, pain medications and sinus rinse/irrigation. Talk to your doctor before attempting to take antibiotics for sinusitis.