Symptoms of an acute sinus infection are pretty obvious, fever, severe sinus area pain, teeth pain, and yellow or green post-nasal drainage.
Sinus problems are one of the leading causes of visits to the doctor, accounting for over 16 million doctor visits annually. Living with one sinus infection after another can be miserable, interfering with both work and life at home.
For difficult cases of sinusitis, antibiotic treatment and careful follow-up by your doctor may be necessary. The simple 10-day course of antibiotics is fine for an acute sinusitis, an infection having begun only a few days earlier. A chronic sinusitis, on the other hand, may require antibiotics for 2-4 weeks to resolve. Your doctor at Windom Allergy may look into your nose with a fiberoptic scope or ask that you have a computed tomography (CT) scan of your sinusitis to prove that a chronic infection is present. Endoscopic sinus surgery, in resistant cases, is the treatment of last resort.
As with most diseases, the easiest and most affordable action you can take is prevention. Finding out whether allergies are causing your problem can start you on your way to preventing further episodes of sinusitis. If allergies are not the problem, early detection of nasal congestion and immediate, appropriate treatment can help you fight sinusitis.