Oh, the joys of winter! Although there are many fun things about the winter season, such as making snow angels, enjoying hot chocolate and spending time with family and friends during the holidays, there are also some not-so-fun things about this time of year, such as a higher risk of sinus infections.

Our team at AFC Urgent Care Springfield wants you to learn the symptoms of a sinus infection so that you can seek treatment as soon as possible in order to get back to feeling like your normal self!

What Does a Sinus Infection Feel Like?

A sinus infection is inflammation in the sinus passages in the face, so most people experience a stuffy nose and pain or pressure in several areas around the face or teeth. There’s also usually nasal discharge that may be yellow, green or clear.

You may also experience fatigue, trouble with sense of smell or taste, cough, sore throat, bad breath, headache, pain when you bend forward, and fever.

Treatment of a Sinus Infection

  • Antibiotics, if your infection is bacterial in nature
  • Nasal decongestants
  • Antihistamines
  • Topical nasal corticosteroids
  • Nasal saline washes

Can a Sinus Infection Be Prevented?

While there’s no way to 100% prevent sinus infections, there are some steps you can take to make them less likely. First, make sure to drink plenty of fluids to remain hydrated. This will also help keep your nasal secretions thin.

Second, use saline nasal sprays to keep the nasal passages moist, while can help keep infection at bay. You can also take steps to boost your immune system, making it stronger against infections in general.

Ways to Boost Immune System

  • Don’t smoke.
  • Eat a diet high in fruits and vegetables.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Get an adequate amount of sleep.
  • Wash hands frequently.

Is it a common cold or a sinus infection? Visit our medical team at AFC Urgent Care Springfield for a medical evaluation and treatment plan! No appointment is necessary.