Sinus infections happen when your sinuses are inflamed. When these areas of your nose, cheeks and forehead cause discomfort, you need quick and effective relief.
If your symptoms are intolerable or haven’t improved after more than a week, you should go to urgent care for your sinus infection.
Sinus Infection Symptoms
Because a cold, allergies, viruses, fungi and bacteria can cause sinus infections, they often come with these symptoms:
- Pressure or pain in your face, ears or teeth
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Decreased sense of smell and taste
- Postnasal drip, or accumulated mucus at the back of your throat
- Bad taste in your mouth
If you already have issues like allergies, asthma or a weakened immune system, you may be more likely to get a sinus infection. Sometimes, the symptoms are hard to tell apart from something like your allergies or the common cold. Visit us at Modern Urgent Care for diagnostic testing to determine the cause of your symptoms and get treatment.
When to Go to Urgent Care for a Sinus Infection
While a sinus infection often goes away on its own, you’ll likely want treatment for your uncomfortable symptoms. Seeking treatment for your sinus infection at Urgent Care may offer you relief. When you see a provider in our office, they may recommend some treatment options based on the type of infection you have:
- Bacterial sinus infections may be treated with antibiotics and decongestants.
- Fungal sinus infections may be treated with antifungal medications, nasal washes or corticosteroids.
- Viral sinus infections may be treated with an antiviral if they’re caused by the flu.
We’ll look at your ears, nose and throat, checking for blockages or swelling. From there, we might recommend decongestants or over-the-counter cold medicine. You might also need to do a nasal saline rinse, and you should drink plenty of fluids.
We could also offer steroid shots to relieve your infection symptoms. In some cases, a nebulizer can treat the inflammation that comes with a sinus infection, making breathing more comfortable and easing facial pressure or pain.
Recurring Sinus Infections
Recurring or chronic sinus infections last three months or longer, even after treatment. Many acute sinus infection symptoms are similar to what you’d experience with a recurring infection, though chronic sinus infections don’t usually cause a fever.
Nasal steroid sprays or saline irrigation can relieve the symptoms of a recurring sinus infection.
Come to Modern Urgent Care right away if you have any of these symptoms:
- Swollen or red eyes
- Severe headache
- Swollen forehead
- Vision changes, like double vision
- Stiff neck
Visit Modern Urgent Care for Sinus Infection Relief
Whether you have acute or chronic sinus infection symptoms, you want quick relief. With Modern Urgent Care, you can make an appointment up to 20 minutes in advance and hold your place in line while you’re on your way to one of our California locations. Submit your registration forms online before you arrive to streamline your visit and get the answers you need to feel better sooner. Book your visit today.