Sinus infections (sinusitis) are caused by inflamed or infected sinuses. Most cases are preceded by an occurrence of the common cold virus, which inflames the sinuses and causes symptoms of a sinus infection. The inflammation caused by the cold virus results in swelling of the mucus membranes, which traps mucus and air behind the narrow openings of the sinuses. During the common cold, the typically harmless bacteria residing in the nose and throat may enter the sinuses through changes in pressure caused by the act of sniffling and blowing your nose. When mucus remains trapped and unable to drain from behind the sinuses into the nose, it provides an ample source of nutrients for these normally innocuous bacteria, thus leading to sinusitis. Health professionals typically group sinusitis cases into:
If over-the-counter medicines used to relieve symptoms of the common cold prove to be ineffective and pain and stuffiness persist for more than three days, seek medical attention.
Treatment for sinus infections is available now at Newport Urgent Care in Newport Beach, CA.
For more information on sinus infections, see the following websites:
FamilyDoctor.org Sinusitis Information
Medline Plus (NIH) Sinusitis Overview
WebMd – “When a Cold Becomes a Sinus Infection”
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