Your sinuses are cavities behind your nose, cheeks, eyes, and forehead that warm the air you breathe and help create voice resonance. A sinus infection occurs when these cavities become infected by bacteria or a virus causing swelling and excess mucus production. A sinus infection can have similar symptoms to a cold. However, colds usually go away within 10 days where a sinus infection lasts more than 10 days. Sinus infection symptoms can include:
- Stuffy or runny nose
- Pressure behind your eyes and cheeks
- Thick yellow or green mucus
An estimated 31 million people develop sinus infections each year, and they spend over $1 billion on over-the-counter medications. If your sinus symptoms are lasting for longer than 10 days, our specialists at Columbia Allergy are here to help. If you experience frequent sinus infections, our providers can offer services such as skin prick testing, intradermal testing, and rhinoscopy to take a closer look at your sinuses to find the cause of your problems.
Your provider at Columbia Allergy will create a customized plan to treat and prevent future sinus infections. This plan may include sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT), subcutaneous immunotherapy (allergy shots), or medications. You may even be a candidate for ultrasound-guided intralymphatic immunotherapy (ILIT) at our office in Fremont, CA! If you are suffering from a sinus infection, call your nearest location or schedule an appointment online today!