CHF # 91
A sinus infection may be caused by bacteria, viruses or even fungi. Treatment depends on the type of infection.
Here are common symptoms of a sinus infection :
Headache, particularly first thing in the morning.
Pain in the forehead, jaw, teeth and cheeks or between the eyes.
Congestion, sore throat, neck pain or cough.
Weakness and fatigue.
The nose, sinuses and throat are the first parts of the respiratory tract, where air enters the body to begin the breathing process. They can be affected by allergic conditions such as allergic rhinitis or other infections such as sinusitis, tonsillitis and simple reactions such as sneezing. Medications and other treatments may be used for nose and throat problems.
A cold or allergy usually creates the inflammation and congestion that prevents drainage of the warm, moist, mucus filled sinus cavity. This creates a perfect breeding ground for viral, bacterial of fungal infections that can lead to sinusitis.
Researchers continue to look at new ways of treating sinusitis. For example, initial studies of certain antifungal nasal medications have shown them to be highly effective in treating chronic sinusitis. In addition, studies are being conducted to better understand how certain germs that contribute to ear infections may also contribute to sinusitis.
The University of Maryland Medical Center has found that symptoms in children may be less “specific” than in adults. Children may have persistent nasal discharge and day time cough for as long as ten days or severe symptoms lasting for three to four days thick, greenish nasal discharge plus fever of at least 102 degrees F.