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Sinus Infections Treatment in Karol Bagh, Delhi

Introduction

Sinuses are the void cavities in your skull that build a connected system from your nose to your throat. They are located in our foreheads, cheekbones, behind our nose, and in between our eyes. The sinuses improve our voice but their most important function is to produce mucus that protects our body from harmful substances such as pollutants, dust, and dirt by capturing them before they can enter our body. 

Several factors can lead to sinus infections. Most of the sinus infections go away in few days but if they persist, you are advised to consult a sinus specialist near you.

What are the types of sinus infections?

Sinusitis is a condition where the sinus gets inflamed due to anything that can irritate the nasal tissue. Based on the duration of the infection, they are of three types:

  • Acute sinusitis: This is the most common type of sinusitis which can be triggered due to common cold, flu, etc. The symptoms can last up to one to two weeks. In cases of bacterial infection, the symptoms can last up to four to five weeks. It usually goes away on its own and does not require any treatment.
  • Recurrent sinusitis: This is when you get sinusitis several times a year and it is recurrent.
  • Chronic sinusitis: This is when you suffer from sinusitis for a long period and it doesn’t go away on its own.

What are the symptoms of these sinus infections?

The symptoms may vary from mild to severe and it will depend upon the cause. The symptoms may also seem very similar to that of the common cold. Some of these symptoms may include:

  • Fever
  • Runny nose
  • Stuffy nose
  • Swelling inside nose
  • Loss of smell
  • Congestion
  • Fatigue
  • Cough
  • Mucus dripping down the throat

The symptoms are similar for all types of sinusitis but they can vary from mild to severe. If you see any extreme symptoms you are advised to consult a sinusitis doctor or sinusitis hospital near you.

What causes sinus infections?

Sinus can be caused by anything that irritates the nasal tissue and inflames it such as virus, bacteria, or fungus. Some other causes include:

  • Seasonal allergies are caused due to substances like pollen
  • Common cold
  • Septum which is closer towards the nasal passage and causes blockage
  • Polyps which is an abnormal growth on the mucus membrane
  • Nasal bone spur
  • Some other factors may increase the risk of getting infections such as a weak immune system due to certain illnesses, smoking, history of allergies, infants and children spending time in daycare centers which increases the exposure to germs.

When should you see a doctor?

If you suspect that you’re having symptoms related to sinus infections and the symptoms are lasting more than 2 weeks, you must visit a doctor. The most common symptoms include :

  • High fever
  • Nasal discharge
  • Congestion
  • You must immediately contact a sinusitis doctor near you and talk with them about your concerns.

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How can you prevent it?

The most effective way to prevent sinus infections is to stay away from the substances that trigger them. Other ways that you can adopt are:

  • Washing your hands frequently
  • Staying away from sick people as they can transfer the infection causing virus
  • Eat healthy fruits and vegetables
  • Don’t smoke and stay away from people who smoke

What are the treatment options for sinus infections?

Your doctor will first ask you questions about your history of allergies and any medications you’re taking. They will try to find the cause of your problem by conducting a physical examination. Sinus infections are treated according to the severity of your case. Acute sinusitis can be treated by nasal saline spray, allergy medications, antibiotics, etc. Chronic sinusitis can be treated by intranasal steroid sprays, rinsing the nose with saline solutions, etc.

If your condition doesn’t get better after these treatments, your doctor may recommend having surgery.

Request an appointment at Apollo Spectra Hospitals, Karol Bagh, New Delhi

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Conclusion

In most cases, these infections are treatable and don’t require a visit to the doctor. However, if your symptoms last for more than two weeks you should contact your doctor as if this is left untreated it can cause complications.

References

https://www.enthealth.org/conditions/sinusitis

https://www.entuk.org/sinus-infection-sinusitis

Do sinus infections need antibiotics?

In most cases, you don’t need to take any antibiotics as they go away on their own.

What foods should I avoid for sinus infections?

You should avoid food such as cheese, chocolate, gluten, bananas, tomatoes, etc.

Does drinking water help with sinus infections?

Drinking lots of fluid can help relieve your symptoms of sinus congestion.

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