Sinus Infections Treatment in Chunni-ganj, Kanpur
Sinuses are small air sacs located behind your nose, cheekbones, forehead, and between the eyes. Sinuses produce mucus that protects your body from germs by trapping them. Sometimes, germs increase the production of mucus and block the sinuses. This causes inflammation and is termed sinusitis.
What Is A Sinus Infection?
Some people suffer from recurrent colds and allergies. This causes mucus to build up and increases the growth of germs in the sinus cavity. The growth of bacteria or viruses in the sinus cavity leads to an infection in the sinuses and is called sinusitis. Normally, symptoms will disappear and you will feel better in a few days. But, if your symptoms do not improve in two weeks, you should schedule an appointment with a doctor.
What Are The Different Types Of Sinus Infections?
Different types of sinus infections are:
- Acute sinusitis - It lasts for a short period and goes away in one or two weeks. It is caused due to a common cold or seasonal allergies.
- Subacute sinusitis - It can last up to three months. It is caused due to a bacterial infection or seasonal allergies.
- Chronic sinusitis - It can last for more than three months. It may be caused due to a bacterial infection. It occurs with other related respiratory problems such as allergies or nasal problems.
What are the Risk Factors for a Sinus Infection?
Certain risk factors can increase your chances of getting a sinus infection, including:
- A nasal septum forms a wall between the right and left nostrils. If it gets deviated to one side, your risk of getting a sinus infection increases.
- Extra growth of bone in the nose
- Growth of cells in the nose
- History of allergies
- Weakened immunity
- Smoking tobacco
- Recurrent infection of the upper respiratory tract
- Recent dental treatment
What Are The Symptoms Of A Sinus Infection?
Common symptoms of a sinus infection are:
- Blocked or runny nose
- Reduced sense of smell
- Weakness and tiredness
How Is Sinus Infection Treated?
At Apollo Spectra, Kanpur, your doctor may prescribe you nasal spray to reduce congestion in the nose. They may also give you pain medication to reduce pain. Antibiotics may be given to reduce the infection.
Your physician will also ask you to stay hydrated and apply a warm, damp cloth to your face to reduce pain and pressure due to a sinus infection. They may ask you to do nasal saline rinses to clear mucus from the nose. Surgery may be advised to repair the deviated septum and clear the sinuses.
If you do not see an improvement in your symptoms in one or two weeks you should consult with a physician in Kanpur.
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How Can A Sinus Infection Be Prevented?
A sinus infection develops due to a weak immune system and after a cold or flu. You can make certain lifestyle changes and reduce exposure to germs to prevent a sinus infection. You can also take these steps to prevent the flu:
- Eat fruits and green leafy vegetables to increase your immunity.
- Avoid smoking and reduce exposure to chemicals, pollens, and allergens.
- Get a flu vaccine every year.
A sinus infection is a common infection and it can affect people of all age groups. Bacteria or viruses are responsible for causing this infection. Many treatment options are available. It is not a life-threatening condition. Consulting with your doctor will help you in preventing recurrent sinus infections.
Untreated sinus infections can cause pain and discomfort. Complications are rare but in some cases, an untreated sinus infection can lead to brain abscess and meningitis.
A sinus infection will require surgery only in chronic cases. When other treatments do not provide relief from symptoms, the doctor may recommend surgery. If you have polyps in the nose, your doctor will consider surgery.
Allergies occur when you breathe in allergens. Allergens cause inflammation and swelling of your nose and can result in a chronic sinus infection.