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Is it a cold, flu or a sinus infection? Our otolaryngologist can help you spot the warning signs of sinusitis.
With winter in full force, it isn’t surprising that a lot of people are getting sick. So, if you are battling some unpleasant symptoms you may find yourself wondering whether it’s a sinus infection or something else. Since symptoms of a sinus infection can mimic other illnesses, it’s important to be able to spot signs of sinusitis. Find out when you can treat a sinus infection at home and the warning signs that it’s time to turn to our Manhattan, NY, otolaryngologist Dr. Richard Nass for treatment.
You might have sinusitis if you are experiencing,
- Facial pain, pressure and tenderness (typically around the eyes and sinuses)
- Nasal congestion
- Postnasal drip
- Persistent cough
- Sore throat
- Ear pain
- Bad breath (more common with bacterial sinus infections)
Of course, a lot of these symptoms are also present when you have a flu or cold. So, how can you tell the difference? It is most likely a sinus infection if,
- You’ve been dealing with sinus pressure, nasal congestion and a stuffy or runny nose for more than 10 days
- You were dealing with symptoms of a cold that got better but then symptoms returned or got worse
- You notice yellow or green nasal discharge
- You have severe facial pain and pressure
- You have a fever over 102F
While sinus infections are often the result of a virus, bacterial sinus infections will require antibiotics; therefore, if your symptoms don’t get better with rest and home care, or if your sinus infection symptoms are severe it’s a good time to visit our Manhattan, NY, ENT doctor for a diagnosis.
How can I treat a sinus infection on my own?
If symptoms have just appeared and they aren’t severe then you may just choose to treat the problem on your own. Over-the-counter nasal sprays, decongestants and pain relievers can help manage symptoms until the infection goes away. You may also choose home remedies such as a Neti-pot, which flushes out the sinuses.
Bacterial infections will only go away with antibiotics so home care will not be enough. Our otolaryngologist may also prescribe corticosteroid nasal sprays, antihistamines or allergy medications. Patients dealing with recurring or chronic sinus infections may need to consider surgery or specialty procedures to treat blockages within the sinuses.
If you are looking for an ear, nose and throat doctor in Manhattan, NY