Sinusitis, which is commonly called a “sinus infection,” occurs in more than 30 million Americans each year. Are you one of them?

Our team at AFC Urgent Care Chattanooga wants you to know the signs to look for when it comes to a sinus infection so that you can seek treatment as soon as possible.

What Is a Sinus Infection?

A sinus infection happens when the cavities around the nasal passages become inflamed. There are two main types of sinus infections—acute sinusitis and chronic sinusitis.

While acute sinusitis usually lasts less than eight weeks, a chronic sinus infection can last longer than 12 weeks and be recurring. It’s important to seek medical attention once symptoms arise for quick relief.

Sinus Infection Symptoms

  • Facial pain and/or tenderness
  • Headache
  • Loss of smell
  • Nasal congestion
  • Runny nose
  • Sinus pressure

Is My Sinus Infection Contagious?

That depends on the source of your sinus infection.

If your sinus infection is due to a virus, you might be contagious. However, if your sinus infection is bacterial, then your sinus infection is not contagious.

Sinus Infection Treatment

  • Use a nasal saline solution.
  • Take antibiotics if necessary.
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Try a decongestant.
  • Take steroids if prescribed.
  • Try OTC meds to alleviate symptoms.

Do you think you might have a sinus infection? Visit AFC Urgent Care Chattanooga today for a medical evaluation and treatment plan.