What Is a Sinus Infection? (Sinusitis) 

Sinusitis, a sinus infection, is an inflammation or swelling of the tissue lining the sinuses. This condition occurs when the sinuses become blocked or filled with fluid, and germs grow, causing an infection. Germs such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi are all likely culprits of sinus infections. 

Are Sinus Infections Contagious? 

Most clinicians agree that sinus infections are not contagious, except in rare cases. Sinus infections are generally caused by viruses and bacteria that, by chance, contaminate a person’s sinuses that are: 

  • Swelling
  • Inflamed 
  • Producing abnormal amounts of mucus 
  • Have suffered nasal trauma. 

Symptoms of Sinusitis 

Sinus infections generally present with similar symptoms. The most common symptoms of sinus infections are: 

  • Facial pain/pressure
  •  Nasal stuffiness
  • Nasal discharge
  • Loss of smell
  • Cough/congestion
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Dental pain

Treatment and Prevention of Sinusitis 

Antibiotics can treat sinusitis because it’s an infection in the sinuses. A provider will typically prescribe the best antibiotic that best fits your needs based on your medication allergies or tolerances. If infections go untreated, serious health problems can arise in the future. MainStreet Urgent Care can diagnose and treat your sinus infection to get you healing and feeling better. 

Some of the best ways to avoid sinusitis are everyday hygiene practices and taking care of your immune system. 

If you are suffering from a sinus infection, MainStreet Urgent Care is here to help! With our online registration, you can join the queue ahead of time and wait from your home or car instead of in-clinic. When we are ready for you, we will send you a text message. Upon receiving this text message, you will have 30 minutes to enter the clinic and check in at the front desk. 

Walk-ins are always welcome, but we highly recommend online registration. Registering online will reduce in-clinic wait times.