Suffering from Sinus Infections?
Our Atlanta Sinus Doctors Can Help!
A sinus infection, often referred to as sinusitis, is an infection which causes inflammation of the sinus and nasal passages. When these passages become irritated and inflamed due to an illness or allergies, mucus becomes trapped by the sinuses, which are small air pockets located behind the forehead, nose, cheekbones, and eyes.
Excess mucus in the sinus and nasal passages encourages the growth of bacteria and other germs. While the majority of sinus infections are viral infections that often clear up without treatment, bacterial infections require a prescription for antibiotics. The board-certified allergists at the Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia offer treatment for both bacterial and viral sinus infections.
Types of Sinus Infections
There are three identifiable types of sinus infections that we treat at the Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia of Georgia, including:
- Acute Sinusitis, which is often caused by a viral infection
- Sub-Acute Sinusitis, which is caused by a bacterial infection
- Chronic Sinusitis, which is typically caused by persistent allergies or nasal issues
It’s important to understand the differences between the types of sinus infections, and to understand the treatment options available. Antibiotics, while often requested for viral infections, are only effective when treating bacterial infections. Our board-certified specialists perform tests to determine which type of sinus infection you suffer from, and prescribe the recommended treatment.
Symptoms of Sinus Infection
Symptoms of a sinus infection are often very similar to those of the common cold, and include:
Who Is At Risk of a Sinus Infection?
While sinus infections may develop in anyone, there are certain risk factors or conditions that may increase the possibility of developing a sinus infection, including:
- Weakened immune system
- Tobacco use
- Recent upper respiratory infection
- Presence of Nasal polyps
- Deviated septum
- History of allergies
If you believe that you are at risk for developing a sinus infection, please speak to one of our board-certified specialists at the Center for Allergy & Asthma of Georgia.
Sinus Infection Treatment in Atlanta
Depending on the type of sinus infection that you suffer from, treatment plans may vary. At the Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia, our board-certified specialists perform specialized tests, such as a CT scan, an MRI, or an allergy test, which determine the development of either a viral or bacterial sinus infection.
A diagnosis of a bacterial sinus infection will typically require a prescription for antibiotic medication, while a diagnosis of a viral sinus infection may result in a recommendation for over-the-counter medication to treat the symptoms while the virus runs its course. In extreme cases of chronic sinus infections, our specialists may recommend surgery.
Speak to a Board-Certified Allergy Specialist in Metro Atlanta
Schedule a consultation with one of our sinus specialists via telephone at (770) 459-0620 or via our online patient contact form. Our offices maintain a no-wait policy for new and existing patients and are conveniently located throughout Metro Atlanta including Carrollton, Villa Rica, Newnan, Smyrna/Vinings, Hiram, Acworth/Kennesaw, and Douglasville.