Stuffy nose or sinus infection?
How to handle the pressure
Sneezing and a runny nose are annoying symptoms of the common cold. But when you add pain and pressure – enough to make you want to detach the front of your face – there’s a good chance you have a sinus infection.
What causes a sinus infection?
A sinus infection (sinusitis) happens when the lining of your sinus cavities gets inflamed from a viral infection, like a cold. This causes swelling. And the swelling can block the normal drainage of fluid from your sinuses into the nose and throat. If the fluid can’t drain and builds up, bacteria or fungi may start to grow. These bacterial or fungal infections cause more swelling and pain.
Other common (and equally annoying) symptoms include:
- A cough that produces mucus
- Bad breath
- Pain in your teeth
- Reduced sense of taste or smell
Is online care an option?
Sinus infections can be diagnosed and treated safely through an online interview. You’re asked the same questions you’d hear at an office visit. Then you get a treatment plan to reduce pain and minimize symptoms so you can get back to your day.
Go to virtuwell.com – an online clinic, available day and night. Certified nurse practitioners diagnose and treat more sinus infections than any other condition.