Sinus infections are a common side effect following a cold or flu. Luis E. Verduzco, MD, Brian Tyson, MD, and the other health care professionals at All Valley Urgent Care in Brawley and El Centro, California, provide prompt and comprehensive care for sinus infections. That includes testing for bacterial infections and proper treatment so you feel better quickly. Call to schedule your in-office or telemedicine appointment today, use the online booking feature, or walk in for immediate care.
Sinus infections are acute illnesses that affect the sinus cavity. Your sinus cavity is the open space under your cheeks, behind your nose, and above your eyes.
Your sinuses are lined with a mucus membrane that makes mucus. The mucus moistens the air you breathe in as it travels to your lungs, and it also traps dirt and germs. If you have an upper respiratory infection like a cold, you may experience sinus inflammation, also called sinusitis.
When your sinuses are inflamed, the mucus may not drain properly, trapping germs in the sinus cavity and leading to an infection.
Sinus infection symptoms vary and depend on the severity of the infection. Common symptoms include:
Usually, these symptoms occur during or after a cold. You may have a sinus infection if you have a cold that improves and your symptoms suddenly worsen. If you suspect you have a sinus infection, see the experts at All Valley Urgent Care.
You can expect prompt and attentive care when you visit All Valley Urgent Care with concerns about a sinus infection. Your provider reviews your symptoms and recent respiratory infection history.
They do a physical exam and review your medical history. They also take a sample of mucus from your nose to confirm or rule out a bacterial sinus infection or take an X-ray to see if you have fluid in your sinuses or polyps.
Treatment for sinus infections depends on the cause. For a bacterial infection, your provider at All Valley Urgent Care prescribes an antibiotic. They may also recommend decongestants and a nasal spray.
Your sinus infection should clear up once you finish your course of antibiotics. If your symptoms continue, you may need a CT scan of your sinuses to look for other causes that might explain your symptoms.
If you don’t have a bacterial infection, your provider may recommend nasal irrigation, decongestants, and increasing your fluid intake.
To get relief from your sinus infection, call All Valley Urgent Care, schedule an appointment online, or walk in today.