Know when it’s time to see a Boynton Beach Sinus Doctor
Anyone who has experienced sinus pain knows it can stop you in your tracks. Your sinuses are hollow, air-filled cavities behind your nose, forehead, cheekbones and eyes.
When they are blocked or irritated, it can cause pressure, itchiness and pain throughout your face and head. Depending on what is causing your sinus pain, this can be accompanied by post nasal drip, congestion, coughing and a sore throat.
While some minor sinus problems are attributable to allergies or even a seasonal cold bug, when your sinuses become infected for an extended period it is known as sinusitis.
This is a more serious condition most often caused by a virus such as a cold or flu. In some rarer instances, bacteria, fungus, allergies, a deviated septum or nasal polyps can also cause sinusitis.
Whatever the root cause, sinusitis can become serious and require medical attention.
Sinusitis can be either acute or chronic. Both will cause pressure and pain in the face, nasal congestion, redness and potentially a fever and headache. Acute sinusitis presents itself very quickly and persists for up to four weeks, whereas chronic sinusitis can last for several months.
The best way to know for sure if your sinuses are infected is to see a doctor, but there a few symptoms that set a sinus infection apart from common colds or allergies.
- Pain and pressure that hurts when you move
- Nasal congestion with discharge
- Postnasal drip
- Sore throat
- Mucus is yellow or green
- Coughing up phlegm
- Bad breath
- Sense of smell is altered
A sinus infection can be considered serious when the symptoms persist with either consistent or worsening severity for more than a week or so. Moreover, if you start to experience any of the following, you should speak to your doctor right away:
If your face is swelling, especially around the eyes and forehead, you may have a severe sinus infection that has spread to your eye sockets.
Apply a cold compress to reduce the swelling and contact a physician. Your doctor will likely prescribe anti-inflammatory medicine and either antiviral or antibiotic drugs to fight the infection.
All sinus infections tend to be painful, but if the pain is severe enough to make you feel lethargic, dizzy or make it hard to open your eyes, it may be a sign of something more serious.
The infection can spread beyond your sinuses into your ears, throat or in rare cases, the lining of your brain in what’s called meningitis.
Any fever that reaches over 100.5 should be considered serious. If you have a sinus infection, a high fever could mean the infection is spreading and you need to seek medical help.
Feeling foggy, confused or having memory problems could be a sign that the infection is impacting your brain. This could be an emergency and you should seek medical help immediately.
Whenever you are in doubt about sinus pain, call a doctor. It is always better to be safe than sorry concerning any medical situations.
Moreover, if your sinus infection has persisted for weeks or months, or you are one of the millions who suffers from recurring sinus infections, a specialist can offer treatment options.
Talk to an Experienced Ear, Nose and Throat Doctor
Dr. Joshua Light, MD, is specialized in Sinus and Allergy treatment. He is nationally recognized as an expert in relieving chronic sinus problems.
If you have any questions and sinus issues or if you are in need of medical help for a sinus infection, call us today at 561-349-6637.
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