Sinus Infection & Sinusitis Treatment
The sinus passages are the spaces within the facial structure that help improve the health of the air you breathe in. The sinuses are part of the respiratory and immune system, and they are prone to inflammation when you have a respiratory illness. Sinus infections, or sinusitis, are a common condition that can be related to colds, flu and allergies. At Primary Care Joliet, we provide sinus infection and sinusitis treatment at our medical centers in Wilmington and Joliet, IL.
When you have a cold or viral infection that affects your upper respiratory system, you are susceptible to sinusitis. Acute sinus infections often accompany the common cold, resulting in inflammation of the sinus passages. Hay fever, allergies, inhaling smoke or nasal blockages can all increase your risk for sinusitis.
Symptoms of Sinus Infections
If you have a sinus infection or acute sinusitis, the lining of the sinus passages can swell and become inflamed. This can cause pressure behind your eyes and nose, creating facial pain and sinus headaches. Sinus infections can also increase the thickness and quantity of mucus in the nose, resulting in post nasal drip, nasal congestion and a runny nose. Since the sinuses are connected to the upper jaw, ears and throat, a sinus infection can result in earaches, toothaches and sore throats.
Relief from Sinusitis
Acute sinusitis usually only lasts about 7-10 days, and many do not require medical treatment. Using over-the-counter sinus medications and home remedies like warm compresses can often give you relief. When you have sinusitis symptoms that last more than 10 days, you may have a bacterial infection. At Primary Care Joliet, we offer treatment for severe acute sinusitis, as well as chronic sinusitis that lasts for several weeks or longer.
If you are experiencing sinus pain and pressure, you may have a sinus infection. There are treatments that can help give you relief if your sinusitis persists longer than a few days. To schedule an appointment with one of our health care professionals for sinus issues, call our medical center in Joliet or Wilmington, IL.