Having a sinus infection is uncomfortable. Congestion, pain, and nasal discharge can make you miserable. Recurring sinus infections add to the frustration and leave you searching for answers. Understanding the cause of sinus infections can help you get relief.
How Are Sinus Infections Different From a Cold?
Sinus infections and colds share a few similarities. Yet, understanding their differences is critical to proper treatment. A cough, runny nose, congestion, and sore throat indicate you have a cold.
A sinus infection presents similar symptoms but can come with others like:
- A Headache
- Facial pain or pressure
- Post-nasal drip
- A persistent cough
- And bad breath
Knowing these differences can get your treatment headed in the right direction.
What Causes a Sinus Infection?
Fluid build-up in your sinuses can lead to viral growth. The result of viral growth in your sinuses makes you sick.
Several factors may contribute to fluid build-up in your sinuses, including:
- Seasonal allergies,
- Second-hand smoke exposure
- A previous cold
Treating Sinus Infections
Treating a sinus infection also can be like treating a cold. But, unlike a cold, a course of antibiotics is usually prescribed to help treat you.
When Sinus Infections Keep Coming Back
Antibiotics are a powerful tool in the fight against infection. Yet, there are instances when they’re ineffective. It may be a sign of a deeper issue when sinus infections keep coming back. Recurring sinus infections need further investigation to find and address the cause.
Why Do Sinus Infections Keep Returning?
Sinus infections can be debilitating, and frustration builds when they come back. When this happens, your doctor may refer you to an ENT or Ear, nose, and throat specialist.
The ENT can examine your body for structural issues that can lead to sinus infections. Structural issues include:
- A deviated septum,
- Nasal Polyps,
- Or swollen Turbinates (structures in your nose that filter air)
An ENT will help determine the best course of action if you have these issues.
Schedule a Consultation
Our ENT specialists at Summit Health are here to help you. If you want to learn more about our ENT services, call our Show Low office at (928) 537-4375.