Sinus infections can cause headaches, nasal congestion, and other symptoms that are challenging to manage on your own. The experienced physicians at Bossier Family Medicine, LLC, offer comprehensive care plans to help reduce the discomfort of a sinus infection. At offices in Bossier City and Stonewall, Louisiana, they personalize treatment plans using medications and home remedies to make you more comfortable and reduce your risk of additional complications. Call the office nearest you to schedule an evaluation for sinus infection symptoms or book a consultation online today.
A sinus infection develops when fluids build up in the sinuses, the air-filled pockets behind your eyes. This fluid can allow bacteria and viruses to grow and develop into an infection.
You may be at increased risk for sinus infection if you have a cold or seasonal allergies. Smoking can also increase your risk for recurrent sinus infections.
If you have abnormalities in the structure of your nose, such as nasal polyps or a deviated septum, you might be at higher risk for a sinus infection.
Common symptoms of a sinus infection can be similar to a common cold or allergies, such as a runny or stuffy nose.
You might also experience sinus infection symptoms like:
A sinus infection can change how foods taste or cause bad breath. You might also have difficulty deciphering smells or experience changes in how things smell.
You should schedule a diagnostic evaluation at Bossier Family Medicine, LLC, if these symptoms don’t go away within a few days or if they worsen, even with home care.
If your sinus infection results from bacteria, you might need a course of antibiotics to clear it. If your sinus infection is from a virus, antibiotics won’t help, and you’ll need to ride out your symptoms until the virus goes away.
The Bossier Family Medicine, LLC, providers can recommend ways to increase your comfort while you rest at home. You might benefit from using saline sprays to rinse your nasal passages and break up excess mucus. Saline keeps your sinus passages moist to prevent irritation.
You can also ease your symptoms by taking hot showers and taking over-the-counter pain relievers. Anti-inflammatories can reduce inflammation in your sinuses that contribute to eye pain and headaches.
Your physician may recommend oral anti-inflammatories or prescription nasal sprays to quickly treat inflammation, so you can breathe easier.
Learn more about your options for treating a sinus infection by calling the Bossier Family Medicine, LLC, office nearest you or booking a consultation online today.