Acute sinusitis, also known as a sinus infection, is not a pleasant thing to have. If you’ve ever had one, then you know what we mean. If you have, then you’ll agree that the extreme symptoms, which range from a feeling of fullness in the sinus cavity region to fatigue and aches and pains, all add up to a very unpleasant illness.
Thankfully, there are some symptoms to watch for, and if you catch your acute sinusitis early enough, you’ll be able to treat it before it gets worse. Here’s what you need to know about sinus infections.
It All Starts With a Sore Throat
In most cases, a sinus infection starts with nasal congestion followed by pain or pressure in your face. There may also be colored nasal discharge.
Fatigue and a Fever Come Next
The very next symptoms of acute sinusitis involve your entire body. You’ll feel very tired and fatigued. You might be tempted to spend the day in bed recuperating. You might even have the aches and pains that tend to appear with illnesses like the flu, only you don’t have the flu – you have a sinus infection.
You might even have a minor fever, which can be treated with some over the counter medications, like Tylenol. All of these are signs that your body is fighting off an infection.
On top of the symptoms listed above, there are many more that need to be mentioned. Your sinuses will feel full, and you might even notice that your face looks slightly swollen in the area under your eyes, and next to your nose. This means that your sinuses are filled with mucus.
You might also feel as though your ears are clogged. Your eyes might itch, and you’ll definitely feel as though you got hit by a bus or a train. You might even be a bit dizzy. Really, acute sinusitis can take a lot out of you.
How Are Sinus Infections Diagnosed?
There are many ways that an ENT expert can diagnose and treat a sinus infection. It all starts with a history (your story of your illness) and a physical exam. The doctor will ask you a number of questions and take note of your symptoms. They then conduct a physical exam, which involves looking into your ears, nose, and throat, and listening to your cough.
You’ll more than likely be very congested and have a slight fever. It’s easy to think that a sinus infection and a cold are one and the same, but they aren’t, as the sinus infection is much worse. Once you’ve been diagnosed with a sinus infection, the treatments can begin.
Medications Are Prescribed
Antibiotics, steroids, Afrin spray, and sinus rinses are all possible treatments. The best combination will be individualized for you.
Douglas K. Holmes, MD, FACS ENT & Audiology Associates PLLC
3820 Ed Drive Raleigh, NC 27612
phone 919 782 9003 fax 919 782 9303
practice website: www.drdougholmes.com