Did you know? More than 35 million people living in the United States are diagnosed with sinusitis (otherwise known as a sinus infection) at least once each year.

That’s a lot of people! That’s why our team at AFC Urgent Care Farragut wants to share some information about this common medical condition.

Is My Sinus Infection Contagious?

That’ll depend on the nature of your infection, since sinus infections can be either bacterial or viral. Viral infections are contagious, while bacterial infections are what’s known as infectious.

Of course, prevention is the best medicine. Therefore, it is important to make sure you are washing your hands on a regular basis and not touching your face with your hands. If you’re sick, be sure to cover your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing.

Sinus Infection Symptoms

  • Sinus pressure, especially behind the eyes and cheeks
  • Headache
  • Nasal congestion
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Bad breath
  • Thick yellow or green mucus draining from your nose
  • Fatigue

What Steps Can I Take to Find Relief From a Cough?

One of the main symptoms of a sinus infection is a nagging cough, usually due to postnasal drip. When you cough with a sinus infection, however, you can also make a sore throat feel even worse.

Try using saline spray or another type of nasal irrigation to help flush out the irritants that are causing your sinuses to become irritated. That way you can find relief from the postnasal drip that brings about a sore throat and cough.

Sinus Infection Treatments

  • Antibiotics, if prescribed
  • Nasal decongestant sprays
  • Antihistamines
  • Topical nasal corticosteroids
  • Nasal saline washes

Do you think you might have a sinus infection? Visit AFC Urgent Care Farragut today for a medical examination and treatment plan. No appointment is necessary!