Do you have a hard time breathing through your nose? Do you feel intense pressure or pain under your eyes? You may have a sinus infection. Getting treatment can help relieve your symptoms and prevent more serious complications. Jia Park, MD, at Comprehensive Family Medical Practice in the Bayside neighborhood of Queens, New York, is a family medicine physician who can diagnose and treat your sinus infection. Call today. The office has ample parking for your convenience.
A sinus infection, or sinusitis, is an infection that occurs in your sinus cavity, which is the open space under your eyes on either side of your nose. A cold is the most common cause of a sinus infection. You may be more prone to developing sinusitis if you have allergies or an abnormality in your nasal passage, such as a deviated septum or nasal polyps.
Nasal congestion and pain behind the eyes are the most common symptoms of a sinus infection. Yellow or greenish nasal drainage is also a tell-tale sign.
Other symptoms of a sinus infection include:
Not being able to smell or taste your food may also indicate that you have a sinus infection.
If you suspect you have a sinus infection, you should make an appointment to see Dr. Park right away. Any bacteria causing the infection in your nasal cavity can travel to your brain and lead to more serious complications, such as a brain infection. Getting treatment right away not only reduces your risk of other medical issues, but also helps you feel better faster.
Dr. Park offers a number of different treatments to help clear your symptoms. These include:
Draining the fluid that’s causing the congestion may be all that’s necessary to relieve your sinus infection. However, if you’ve experienced symptoms for more than 10 days, Dr. Park may prescribe antibiotics.
Dr. Park may also recommend you get plenty of rest, drink more fluid, and apply warm compresses to your face to help relieve the pressure and assist in drainage. Steam from a hot shower can help moisten your nasal cavities to reduce your symptoms and help you feel better faster.
For relief of your sinus infection symptoms, call Comprehensive Family Medical Practice.