Sinus infection, also known as sinusitis, happens when the tissues inside your sinuses become inflamed and irritated. Ordinarily, the sinuses are clear, facilitating easy breathing. When they swell up, they can get plugged and fill with fluid, creating a perfect environment for germs to flourish.
Sinus infection is a common ailment, and Americans spend nearly $6 billion per year trying to treat it. The Centers for Disease Control have found that nearly 30 million people in the U.S. deal with sinus infections each year.
Types of Sinus Infection
There are two types of sinusitis: acute and chronic. Allergies, a cold, or another illness may trigger acute sinusitis. Sometimes, the symptoms go away within a few days, while other patients may struggle with them for weeks or months at a time. There are over-the-counter and prescription treatments for acute sinus infection that may relieve your symptoms.
If your symptoms don't go away after a week or two, you may have chronic sinusitis, which can be caused by a severe infection or abnormal growths in your sinuses. If your chronic sinusitis is the result of an infection, your physician can prescribe an antibiotic. If you've got polyps or other abnormal growths in your sinuses, you might need surgery.
Sinus Infection Symptoms
Sinus infection has several uncomfortable and inconvenient symptoms, including congestion, a runny nose, headaches, and pain or tenderness in the face. If you experience these symptoms for more than two days, you should see a doctor.
Why You Should Seek Treatment for Sinus Infection
Both acute and chronic sinusitis can develop into more serious medical issues if left untreated. Because clogged sinuses are a breeding ground for germs, an infection can expose you to all kinds of illnesses, some of which may manifest after your sinuses have cleared.
The sinuses’ proximity to the brain is perhaps the greatest cause for concern. Bacteria resulting from a sinus infection can easily spread to the brain, leading to severe problems like meningitis or abscesses. These conditions may have life-altering side effects, like vision problems, seizures, and comas, and they can even be fatal.
Whether or not a sinus infection turns into a more serious illness, it’s worth seeking treatment simply to relieve the symptoms. Congestion and headaches are inconvenient, uncomfortable, and likely to hurt performance at work and school.
Remedy Can Help
Ideally, everyone would get treatment for a sinus infection if the symptoms don’t work themselves out after two days, but it could take a week or more before a doctor is available to see you. Urgent care may be a faster solution, but clinics tend to be crowded with people that may have more severe, contagious illnesses, and the locations aren’t always convenient. Last but not least, medical expenses are likely to be high for what many patients assume is a minor issue.
Remedy can solve all of these problems. We help patients avoid lines and waiting periods by offering same-day visits with a medical provider—house calls can be scheduled for as soon as two hours after contacting us, and video consultations via your computer, smartphone, or tablet are available on demand 24/7. Remedy providers can write a prescription and deliver it to a nearby pharmacy electronically if medication is recommended.
We accept several major forms of insurance, but our prices are still very reasonable for the uninsured, and we have a money-back guarantee if patients aren’t 100% satisfied with their visit.
Don't let cost and inconvenience keep you from getting relief for your sinus infection. Contact Remedy about fast, affordable healthcare options.
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