Your sinuses are cavities located behind your eyes and along your nose, and an infection can form when the tissue around them becomes inflamed. Sinus infections can be painful, with added pressure in your face and head as well as the added hassle of headaches and exhaustion. Learning the symptoms can be critical to getting efficient relief.
What causes a sinus infection?
Several factors can contribute to the development of a sinus infection, including a cold, allergic reaction or seasonal allergies. Consistent exposure to environmental or tobacco smoke can lead to a buildup of bacteria in your sinuses, causing an infection to form.
Symptoms of a sinus infection
Sinus infections may vary case to case. Not every sinus infection will include every symptom, which may include:
- Stuffed or runny nose
- Chest congestion
- Loss of sense of smell
- Ear, eye, cheek and forehead pain
- Sore throat
How can I prevent sinus infections?
There are many steps you can take to prevent a sinus infection from forming, including:
Washing your hands
Make sure you wash your hands regularly throughout the day, especially after using the restroom, handling raw food, touching common surfaces like door handles and stair railings and being around people exhibiting cold or flu-like symptoms. Always use warm to hot water and antibacterial soap. While hand sanitizer will help kill some germs, it will not be able to break down buildup on your hands.
Wipe down common surfaces
Germs can linger on surfaces longer than on your hands, especially if you are washing them throughout the day. Kill germs on surfaces you commonly touch, including your desk, keyboard, mouse and home surfaces clean with antibacterial wipes and safe cleaning agents for electronics.
Avoiding dry air and pollution
Smoking can increase your risk of developing a sinus infection due to smoke and smog clogging your sinuses, which can prevent drainage. If you do smoke and are prone to sinus infections, consider quitting to reduce them. Keep the air in your home moist by having a humidifier to keep the humidity in the air, which in turn will help keep your nasal passage from getting too dry.
When should I see a doctor?
You should go get checked out at AFC Urgent Care Warrington if:
- Your symptoms are recurring or not getting better after several days
- Your face is swelling, primarily along your cheeks and eyes
- You have thick, colored mucus
- You are having difficulty seeing
Walk-In Sinus Infection Treatment in Warrington, Hartsville & Warminster, PA
If you are beginning to exhibit symptoms of a sinus infection, visit AFC Urgent Care Warrington today! Our center is open seven days a week with evening hours to accommodate sudden-onset symptoms or busy primary care offices. For even more convenience, you can check-in online to reserve your spot! AFC Urgent Care Warrington can be reached by calling 215-874-3209.