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August 07, 2018

When to seek care for a sinus infection

Katie Schill, NP
Palmetto Health Mobile Clinic
Most adults have experienced a sinus infection and know how annoying and painful they can be.
 
Acute sinus infections generally stem from the common cold. The pressure felt in the face, forehead and behind the eyes is caused by the inflammation of the sinus cavities and nasal passageway.
 
Symptoms can include:
  • Yellow or green nasal drainage
  • Congestion
  • Tenderness and/or pressure in the face, forehead and behind the eyes
 
Other symptoms, though not as common, that may be present include pain in the upper jaw, headache, ear pain or pressure, cough and fever.
 
Acute sinus infections can be managed at home with over-the-counter medications for congestion and drainage. However, if symptoms continue beyond 10-14 days or if you have a persistent fever, it’s time to be seen by a medical provider.



Same-Day Care

Palmetto Health offers several same-day care options for minor illnesses such as sinus infections. To learn more, visit PalmettoHealth.org/SameDayCare

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