Spring is here, and there is no better time to go out and experience the beauty of nature as growth returns from Winter. However, along with the blooming flowers and trees often come stuffy noses and pressure headaches, sometimes followed by dreaded sinus infections. But what exactly is a sinus infection, and how can you prevent it?

A sinus is a hollow air filled cavity in the skull that is connected to the nasal airway by a narrow hole in the bone. A person has four pairs of sinuses: two in the forehead, two behind the cheeks, two between the eyes, and two further between the eyes. Normally these sinuses are open to the nasal airway, but occasionally the narrow holes that connect the sinuses become swollen due to a variety of factors from seasonal allergies to cigarette smoke. Swelling can lead to discomfort, and due to restricted airway movement, can provide a good environment for bacteria or viruses to grow within the sinuses.

Symptoms of a sinus infection can typically include headache, facial tenderness, fever, stuffiness, sore throat, and cough. Since sinus infections can range in cause as well as severity, it is important to seek medical assistance to properly diagnose the problem.

Additionally, if sinus infections occur seasonally along with allergies, treatment of the allergies may help prevent the infection from beginning. The knowledgeable staff at Reddy Urgent Care is here to help and wants you to be able to enjoy this Spring. Don’t hesitate to stop by if you need any help; we’re open seven days a week!

Have a happy March, and breathe easy knowing we’re here if you need us!

Urgent Care is an efficient, more economical alternative to the emergency room (ER).Reddy Urgent Care Centers have extended weekday hours and are open on weekends for your convenience. Services range from caring for minor illnesses such as cough and cold to more serious problems such as chest pain and injuries.