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What Is a Sinus Infection?

Sinus pressure is caused when the cavities surrounding our nasal passages become inflamed. This inflammation is usually the effect of a blockage or fluid buildup, due to a common cold or seasonal allergies.

Many of us know the signs of sinus problems all too well. They’re often characterized by facial pressure or pain around the nasal passages, which could be especially concentrated in the nose, under the eyes, and around the temples. Sinus pressure is often accompanied by congestion, headaches, postnasal drip, and general fatigue.

Normally, our sinuses function to filter the air we breathe in as it passes through on its way to the lungs. Healthy sinuses are able to “cleanse” themselves by draining mucus. When the sinuses are blocked, symptoms occur.

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Treatment for Sinus Pressure

There are several over-the-counter products available to help alleviate and reduce the symptoms of a sinus infection. In order to select the proper medication, you need to understand the root cause of your condition. Is it a cold, allergies, or something else? This is why you will benefit from speaking to a medical provider via the CH Care OnDemand app. Bonus: when you’re not feeling your best, it’s much more convenient to speak to a provider from the comfort of your home, than it is to walk into your doctor’s office.

Chronic or recurrent sinusitis mimic the symptoms of your standard sinus infection, but occur repeatedly or last for multiple months. In these cases, an antibiotic may be required and can often be ordered by a CH Care OnDemand provider right away.

What Happens If Sinus Problems Are Left Untreated?

It’s more likely that a sinus infection will be just-plain annoying than it would be life-threatening. However, if you don’t take your condition seriously, you may notice symptoms linger and your illness is prolonged. In some cases, chronic sinus issues may warrant a visit to an ENT (Ear, Nose, and Throat) specialist. 

Another reason not to leave a sinus infection untreated is out of respect for those around you. Not being proactive about treatment options and personal hygiene will pave way for symptoms being passed on to family members, roommates, coworkers, and other acquaintances. 

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