Sinus infections typically cause intense pain and pressure that spreads across your forehead and behind your eyes. If the symptoms of a sinus infection affect you, the experienced professionals at First Care Bossier can help. The practice has offices in Bossier City and Stonewall, Louisiana, where you can receive expert assessment and treatment for a sinus infection. For fast relief from sinus pain, call your nearest location today or book an in-person or telehealth appointment online.
A sinus infection affects the tissues lining the hollow spaces (sinuses) behind your cheekbones, forehead, and nose, and between your eyes. The sinuses have a light coating of mucus that keeps the tissues moist and traps bacteria. It also helps to moisturize and filter the air going into your lungs.
Sinus infections typically develop following a cold or other upper respiratory tract infection, when swelling and congestion in your nasal passages prevent fluid drainage from your sinuses. The fluid then becomes infected with bacteria.
Sinus infections often cause an intense feeling of pain and pressure in your forehead and behind your eyes. The pain is usually significantly worse if you lean forward.
Other symptoms of sinus infections include:
You might also have a green or yellowish nasal discharge.
To diagnose a sinus infection, your provider at First Care Bossier needs to find out about the symptoms you’re experiencing. They also look up your nose and into your throat to see if there are signs of an infection, such as a discharge or swelling.
In most cases, this is sufficient to confirm you have a sinus infection. However, if you keep getting sinus infections or have chronic sinus inflammation (sinusitis), they may recommend you undergo further tests such as a CT or MRI scan to get a better look inside your sinuses.
Sinus infections are usually due to bacteria, so a course of antibiotics should clear up the problem. Decongestants may help with the symptoms, but you need to be careful not to overuse them, as they can lead to chronic sinusitis.
If you have chronic sinusitis, your provider at First Care Bossier might recommend you take medications such as antihistamines or use a steroid spray to reduce the inflammation.
To get relief from the relentless facial pain and pressure sinus infections cause, call First Care Bossier today or book an appointment online.