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Sinus Infection

Sinus Infection services offered in Colton, Coachella, Moreno Valley, Hemet, Perris, Riverside, Indio, San Bernardino and San Jacinto, CA

Sinus Infection

About Sinus Infection

Sinus infections can drain your energy and make you feel like you’re constantly battling fatigue, headaches, and other uncomfortable symptoms that affect your daily life. At Apple Urgent Care in Colton, Coachella, Moreno Valley, Hemet, Perris, Riverside, Indio, and San Bernardino, California, the team of urgent care specialists do a careful evaluation, diagnose, and offer effective treatments to resolve sinus infections in a timely manner. Call the office nearest you, schedule an appointment online, or walk in to receive prompt care.

Sinus Infection Q & A

What is a sinus infection?

Sinus infections occur when bacteria irritate and inflame the air-filled spaces in the face (sinuses). Mucus, a watery substance that lines the sinuses, typically flows easily through these spaces. When a sinus infection, or sinusitis, develops, inflammation can trap mucus in your sinuses and cause a stuffy nose, pain, and pressure in the face and head.

What are the signs of a sinus infection?

Sinus infection symptoms often mimic those of a cold. Depending on the severity, they can last longer than a cold and require additional treatment. Telltale signs of a sinus infection include:

  • Nasal congestion
  • Sore throat
  • Sinus pain and pressure
  • Nasal discharge
  • Facial tenderness
  • Reduced sense of taste or smell
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Coughing

A comprehensive evaluation is crucial to test for sinusitis and diagnose the condition’s underlying cause.

I have a sinus infection. How long will it last?

Every sinus infection is different. Some people enjoy noticeable improvements within a few days, while others experience lasting symptoms. The duration of a sinus infection often depends on the type you have. 

The two most common types are:

Acute sinus infections

These are the most common types of sinus infections. They typically last a week or two. Many people see improvements with appropriate rest, hydration, and over-the-counter medications.

Chronic sinus infections

Chronic sinusitis can last for more than 12 weeks and recur frequently. These infections usually require a more comprehensive evaluation to identify and address any underlying causes contributing to the persistent symptoms.

What causes a sinus infection?

While festering bacteria directly cause sinus infections, common triggers include:

  • Cold or influenza (flu)
  • Exposure to cigarette smoke
  • Seasonal allergies
  • Weakened immune system
  • Structural sinus problems
  • Nasal polyps
  • Asthma
  • Deviated septum
  • Certain medications

Determining the underlying cause of a sinus infection ensures you receive the most appropriate treatment to relieve your symptoms quickly and prevent complications.

How is a sinus infection treated?

Apple Urgent Care offers many treatments to clear sinus infections, such as:

  • Decongestants
  • Antibiotics
  • Antihistamines
  • Saline solution
  • Corticosteroids
  • Rest and fluids

Your provider may recommend a combination of treatments to relieve your symptoms effectively. Call Apple Urgent Care today, walk in, or schedule an appointment online to learn more.