Sinusitis Treatment Taunton MA
The sinuses are naturally occurring holes or cavities behind the cheeks, the bridge of the nose and forehead areas. Due to infection, irritation from allergies or pollution, or anatomical problems such as a deviated septum, the sinuses can become filled with fluid (called “sinusitis”). Treatment of sinusitis may include a prescription nasal spray, nasal rinses, antihistamines, and antibiotics. Not all cases of sinusitis are due to an infection so antibiotics are not always needed. However, if a person needs antibiotics, they are frequently needed for several weeks in order to clear up the infection.
Sinusitis symptoms may include any or all of the following:
- Loss of smell and taste
- Yellow or green nasal drainage
- Bad breath
- Bad taste in the mouth
- Pains in the cheeks, teeth, or forehead
- Post nasal, drip
- Cough (usually due to the post nasal, drip)
Because allergies are often associated with frequent sinus infections, aggressive treatment of allergies through medications and/or allergy shots can decrease the frequency of sinus infections. Most sinus infections can be cured without surgery.
Is it a cold, allergies or a sinus infection?
Colds usually last no more than one week, and are often associated with a fever, body aches and perhaps some nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.
- Sinus infections frequently begin as a cold, but then the symptoms linger for weeks or months.
- Allergies are rarely associated with body aches, fever or other symptoms. They may occur throughout the year or only at certain times of the year. Suspect an allergy if you always develop your nasal or chest symptoms at the same time each year, or if they always get worse at the same time each year.