Advanced Diagnosis & Treatment Throughout Keller & Saginaw
The initial symptoms of a sinus infection and other upper respiratory infections such as the common cold, flu, and stomach virus are very similar. This makes it difficult to determine what illness you may be experiencing. Headaches, runny nose, and a sore throat can all potentially be attributed to one of these ailments, so it might make self-diagnosing all the more difficult. The best way to accurately determine which sickness you are dealing it is by having our experienced healthcare providers evaluate and diagnose your symptoms. Superior Urgent Care has the best tools and medications to help give you a proper treatment for your sinus infection, or any other ailment you are experiencing.
What is a Sinus Infection?
Also known as sinusitis or sinus disease, a sinus infection occurs when your sinuses become inflamed, which causes swelling and blockage, as well as accumulation of mucus within your sinus cavities. Your sinus cavities should be hollow and have nothing but the air coming in and out. When mucus or fluid accumulates or fills up these cavities, the environment becomes a hotspot for potential germs and bacteria to grow, leading to infection.
Sinus Infection, Cold, Flu, or Gastroenteritis?
Because of many overlapping symptoms that can be attributed to either sinusitis, common cold, flu, or gastroenteritis (stomach virus), it can be difficult to distinguish which illness you need to properly treat. Below is a list of the common symptoms for these similar conditions:
Common cold symptoms:
- Sore throat
- Mucus buildup
- Stuffy or runny nose
- Watery eyes
- Body aches
Signs and symptoms of influenza (seasonal flu):
- High Fever (102 F or higher usually)
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
- Muscle and body aches
Symptoms of gastroenteritis (stomach flu/virus):
- Low-grade fever (99.1-102 F)
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Abdominal cramps/muscle aches
Saginaw & Keller Sinus Infection Diagnosis & Treatment
At Superior Urgent Care, we have a variety of treatment options available for your sinusitis relief. However, a diagnosis of which type of sinus infection you are suffering from, whether it is acute or chronic, as well as whether the infection is viral or bacterial, is all necessary so that the proper treatment plan is provided for you.
Here are some of our treatment options when it comes to sinus infections:
- Saline nasal washes - These nasal washes can aid in clearing out mucus from the sinuses, and help prevent any bacteria or germs from growing.
- Nasal decongestant sprays - Certain decongestant sprays, like those with oxymetazoline as an active ingredient, can temporarily relieve sinus pressure, along with other symptoms associated with sinus infections.
- Antibiotics - Antibiotics are used for cases that are suspected to be caused by a bacterial infection.
- Surgery - For cases that are caused by a deviated septum or another form of nasal structural abnormality, surgery may be the only option to fully alleviate recurring/chronic sinusitis.
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