What Is Sinusitis?
Inflammation is a normal response of the immune system. Whether your body is responding to an injury, infection, or allergens, it begins to send additional white blood cells to combat what it senses is a threat. That increased circulation will often cause inflammation in the immediate area. Sinusitis is an inflammation of the sinus cavities. Sinusitis is common with allergies or viral or bacterial infections and is completely normal. Too much inflammation, though, can cause the sinuses to become clogged. This creates a moist environment where infection can grow. If your sinus pain and pressure doesn’t clear with your other cold symptoms or lasts for months, you really need to come in for an evaluation.
Will My Sinus Infection Clear on Its Own?
If you have sinus pressure for more than a week, or have additional symptoms of infection such as fever or discolored mucus, you should make an appointment to see us. While many sinus infections clear up on their own, left untreated, they can also spread to the ear or throat. With a quick appointment we’ll be able to determine whether you need antibiotics.