It can often be difficult to differentiate between medical conditions that share common symptoms, such as with sinus infections and colds. It is important to know the difference between these two common conditions in order to get the proper treatment and start feeling better quickly. The sinus surgeons at the Revision Sinus Surgery Center of Excellence in Los Angeles offer some advice for differentiating between a sinus infection and a cold, as well as discuss some of the best sinus treatments for getting rid of painful sinusitis.
Do I Have a Sinus Infection?
We have all experienced the annoying symptoms of the common cold—runny nose, cough, congestion—but those symptoms generally only last about 10 days or less. And if there is an accompanying fever, it should last no more than two or three days. A sinus infection, on the other hand, will be much more persistent. Some of the most commonly described symptoms of a sinus infection, or sinusitis, include:
- Persistent sinus congestion
- Pain and pressure in the face—eyes, cheeks, nose
- Thick nasal discharge (may be yellow or green in color)
- Post-nasal drip
- Persistent congestion in the ears, feeling “clogged” in the ears
As you can see, some of these symptoms are also present in the common cold. The difference in cases of sinusitis is that these symptoms will not improve, or will even continue to get worse, over time. It is important to see an Ear, Nose, and Throat physician right away if you suspect you have a sinus infection to get the proper treatment. The treating ENT surgeon may want to perform a CT scan of your sinuses or a nasal culture to determine if you have a sinus infection and, if so, to what extent.
Best Sinus Treatment
In many cases of sinusitis, an antibiotic can help clear up the infection. For some, however, sinus infections are a recurring problem that can negatively affect their quality of life. Our sinus surgeons in Los Angeles can effectively treat recurring sinus infections, or chronic sinusitis. Known for their minimally invasive sinus surgery, our board-certified Ear, Nose, and Throat surgeons have a long track record of improving and correcting sinus problems with the following cutting-edge procedures:
- Balloon Sinuplasty
- Endoscopic Sinus Surgery
- Septal Surgery
- Turbinate Reduction Surgery
All of the procedures utilize minimally invasive surgical techniques to clear the nasal passages and restore normal drainage to the sinuses. For chronic sinusitis sufferers, these procedures can alleviate the pain and discomfort of a sinus infection and greatly improve quality of life. Discuss your specific symptoms with your doctor during the initial consultation to see if you are a good candidate for a minimally invasive sinus surgery.
Contact the Best Sinus Surgeons in Los Angeles Today
The Ear, Nose, and Throat surgeons at the Revision Sinus Surgery Center of Excellence are experienced in performing minimally invasive sinus surgeries to clear up and prevent chronic sinus infections. If you believe that your symptoms are in fact indicative of a sinus infection and you would like more information on your treatment options, contact us today at (888) 762-8408 to schedule a consultation with one of our sinus experts.
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