Ever had that feeling where you have a runny nose, congestion, irritation, and headache? If yes then you might have suffered through a sinus infection and you didn’t even know about it.
Sinuses are cavities inside your face and skull which are filled with air. When you’re suffering through a sinus infection, the tissue lining your sinusitis is inflamed which results in irritation and also pain in the surrounding region. Sinusitis can be categorized into two kinds, short term or acute and long term sinusitis which persists for a period of around 12 weeks or longer. Usually, short term sinusitis can occur after a cold or because of pollutants in the air.
So what is that chance that your acute sinusitis develops into chronic sinusitis? One sign which confirms the validity of your acute sinusitis turning into a chronic one is the frequency of its occurring despite taking medication and treatment. Studies point to one factor for the occurrence of chronic sinusitis which is the presence of bacteria and traditional treatment therapies may not provide relief to the patients.
Sinus congestion, discharge, and pressure with facial pain or headaches could mean you have a cold. But if the discharge from your nose is yellow or discolored, you may have a sinus infection.
Chronic sinus infections can reduce your quality of life and make you constantly tired. If you have asthma, sinus infections may make it worse.
There are a number of risk factors for sinusitis, such as coming into contact with bacteria while swimming, smoke, and second-hand smoke cause the tissue in your sinusitis to thicken and increases the chance of bacteria formation.
Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history when diagnosing a sinus infection. A usual procedure to determine if there are any tender sinus openings is to tap the face in search for them.