How Long Will My Sinus Infection Last?

Facial pain, stuffy nose, sore throat—oh my! Will this sinus infection ever end?

Well, it depends. Our team at AFC Urgent Care Hixson wants you to recognize the signs of a sinus infection so that you can seek treatment sooner rather than later.

What Is a Sinus Infection?

A sinus infection occurs when the cavities surrounding your nasal passages are inflamed.

There are two different types of sinus infections—acute sinusitis and chronic sinusitis. Acute sinusitis usually only lasts a month or less. However, if you experience chronic sinusitis, you could suffer from symptoms for at least 12 weeks, if not longer.

Sinus Infection Symptoms

  • Bad breath
  • Cough
  • Ear pain
  • Facial pain and/or tenderness
  • Fatigue
  • Nasal congestion
  • Nausea
  • Postnasal drainage
  • Reduced sense of smell
  • Sore throat

When Should You Go to the Doctor?

If your symptoms are actually caused by a cold, they should go away within a week or two. However, if you have the aforementioned symptoms, especially facial pain, for more than a week or two, you need to seek medical attention.

Sinus Infection Treatment

  • Allergy medicines
  • Antibiotics
  • Decongestants
  • Humidifier
  • Nasal saline
  • Painkillers
  • Steroids
  • Warm towel on face

Is your sinus infection not getting any better? Make a visit to AFC Urgent Care Hixson for a medical evaluation to find relief from your sinus infection as soon as possible!