Every year, nearly 40 million people are plagued by sinus infections. Also called sinusitis, this condition is caused when the nasal passages (airways behind the nose) become clogged and an infection or inflammation forms due to bacteria or a virus.
The nasal passages are filled with mucous membranes and tiny hair-like structures called cilia that are constantly moving, working like microscopic scrubbers to clean the nasal passages and block dust, dirt, and germs from entering the airways. However, a variety of factors can cause the cilia to slow down or stop moving, which opens the way for the germs that cause sinus infection:
- Bacterial infections
- Colds or flu
- Deviated septum
- Nasal polyps
- Pollutants in the air
Sinus Infection Symptoms
While most people with sinus infections are experiencing acute sinusitis (lasting no longer than four weeks), some individuals have chronic sinusitis that can last for months or years. Acute and chronic sinusitis should be treated differently, though they tend to cause similar symptoms:
- A stuffy or runny nose
- Pain or pressure around the nose, cheeks and forehead
- Reduced ability to smell
In some instances, a sinus infection may be accompanied by another condition such as a cold or flu. Additional symptoms can include fever, fatigue, and chills. If you have asthma or another pre-existing respiratory condition, a sinus infection can prove especially dangerous so you should seek medical attention quickly.
Fast, Effective Treatment for Sinus Infection in Tampa, Florida
An acute sinus infection will likely go away on its own within four weeks, but this nuisance of a condition can make it nearly impossible to sleep, exercise, or concentrate on work. At Urgent Care of Florida in Tampa, we know that putting your life on hold for a month simply isn’t an option. Our team of health care professionals can evaluate your condition quickly and determine the best sinus infection treatment for your needs. You never need an appointment to get fast, effective sinus infection treatment at our Tampa walk-in clinic.