Preventing and Treating Sinus Infections

Sinus InfectionsThe warm, moist air in Florida often allows bacteria to thrive, which can lead to the development of sinus infections. Also known as sinusitis, this painful condition occurs when the sinus cavities become infected and inflamed. In addition to bacteria, sinusitis can result from a virus, tooth infection, allergies, and the common cold. Symptoms include nasal congestion, headaches, coughing, and sinus pain.

While there is no scientifically proven way to completely prevent sinus infections, the following measures can be helpful in that regard:

  • Treat nasal stuffiness caused by colds or allergies right away to help prevent a bacterial infection from developing in the sinuses
  • Avoid contact with others who have colds or other upper respiratory infections
  • Wash your hands thoroughly and often
  • Stay away from tobacco smoke, which can further irritate inflamed nasal membranes
  • Steer clear of all known allergy triggers
  • Avoid breathing dry air (if necessary, use a humidifier to increase the moisture in the air around you)

Usually, sinusitis resolves on its own. In the meantime, some simple home remedies can help you feel more comfortable by promoting mucus drainage and relieving nasal pressure. This, in turn, can help avoid the need for antibiotic treatment. Here are some steps you can take:

  • Drink plenty of water to thin mucus and enhance hydration
  • Apply a source of moist heat, such as a warm towel, to your face several times a day
  • Breathe warm, moist air from a steamy shower or sink filled with hot water
  • Avoid alcoholic beverages, which can cause nasal tissues to swell
  • Use saltwater nasal washes to keep your nasal passages open and rinse away mucus and bacteria
  • Take over-the-counter pain relievers as necessary

If you need treatment for a sinus infection, you can turn to South Tampa Immediate Care. We’re available seven days a week and evenings to address non-life-threatening health needs. No appointments are necessary at our walk-in clinic on South Howard Avenue in Tampa, FL. Don’t wait — immediate care is here for you.