A sinus infection or sinusitis is an inflammation of the sinuses in the face—namely the frontal, ethmoidal, and maxillary sinuses. In the presence of an allergen or pathogen like a bacteria or virus, one or more of these sinuses and their symmetrical counterpart can swell and fill with mucus contributing to pressure or pain. Sinusitis caused by allergies never cause fever, but sinusitis due to an infection may.
What are the symptoms?
Pressure or pain in the face with tenderness in the sinuses affected. Fever, chills, and body aches if sinusitis is due to infection. Difficulty breathing or stuffiness through the nose, loss of smell or taste and change if voice if ethmoidal sinusitis is involved. Increased discomfort with leaning forward. Purulent or thick nasal discharge if infection, itchy watery eyes if allergy-related.
Can it be treated?
Depending on the reason, sinusitis can be managed very well with both over-the-counter and prescription medications. If bacterial infection in the culprit, then your doctor may order an antibiotic.
How can MCare M.D. help?
If you think you have sinusitis, let us know us everything during your meeting with your MCare M.D. doctor. We want to know. Be prepared to tell us when, where, how long, how thick what color…everything. Don’t worry. Everything you tell us is completely confidential. If the doctor thinks that you have an infection that can be treated with prescription medication he or she will send an order to the pharmacy of your choice instantly.