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What Causes a Sinus Infection?

The first official day of spring is still a few weeks away. But the pollen is already blooming, which means your allergy symptoms might be starting back up again—leading to more sinus infections!

How do you know if you are experiencing the symptoms of a sinus infection? Our team at AFC Urgent Care Chelmsford wants to offer you tips on what symptoms to watch for, as well as ways to treat your sinus infection so you can get back to enjoying a blossoming spring season!

What Is a Sinus Infection?

A sinus infection, also known as sinusitis, occurs when the cavities within your nasal passages become inflamed. Sinus infections can be caused by a number of things, including allergies and other infections.

While many symptoms of a sinus infection are similar to those of a cold or the flu, you will be more likely to experience face-related symptoms, since the sinuses are behind the face.

Symptoms of a Sinus Infection

  • Sinus headache
  • Facial tenderness
  • Pressure or pain in the sinuses
  • Fever
  • Postnasal drainage
  • Feeling of nasal stuffiness
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Facial swelling

Can Sinus Infections Be Prevented?

There's no foolproof way to prevent sinus infections, since they have a variety of causes. But you can take steps to limit the underlying causes of sinus infections—including viruses and allergies.

Practice healthy hygiene to lower your risk of developing viral infections, which can then turn into a sinus infection, and talk with your doctor about ways to manage your allergies.

Healthy Hygiene Habits

  • Wash your hands often using soap and water.
  • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
  • Disinfect commonly touched surfaces.
  • Steer clear of those who are sick.

Do you think you might be experiencing the symptoms of a sinus infection? Stop by AFC Urgent Care Chelmsford today. No appointment is necessary!

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