Allergies getting worse? Stuffy or runny nose isn’t getting better? Tired of the facial pain and pressure? Do you have a sinus infection? These symptoms can be a sign of sinusitis. 

What causes a sinus infection?

According to the CDC, “Sinus infections happen when fluid builds up in the air-filled pockets in the face (sinuses), which allows germs to grow. Viruses cause most sinus infections, but bacteria can cause some sinus infections.”

The CDC list the risk factors, symptoms, when to seek medical care, and how to feel better

Risk Factors

Several factors can increase your risk of getting a sinus infection

A previous cold

Seasonal allergies

Smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke

Structural problems within the sinuses (such as growths on the lining of the nose or sinuses, known as nasal polyps).

A weak immune system or taking drugs that weaken the immune system


Common symptoms of sinus infections include:

Runny nose

Stuffy nose

Facial pain or pressure


Mucus dripping down the throat (post nasal drip)

Sore Throat


Bad breath

When To Seek Medical Care

See a doctor if you have:

Severe symptoms, such a severe headache or facial pain

Symptoms that get worse after initially improving.

Symptoms lasting more than 10 days without improvement

Fever longer than 3-4 days.

You should also seek medical care if you have had multiple sinus infections in the past year.

The list is not all-inclusive. Please see a doctor for any symptoms that is severe or concerning.

How To Feel Better

Put a warm compress over the nose and forehead to help relieve sinus pressure

Use a decongestant or saline nasal spray

Breathe in steam from a bowl of hot water or shower

Getting relief from your sinus problems by calling Orlando Ear, Nose & Throat. With an exam, diagnosis, and treatment, I am breathing easy and pain free!

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