Sinus infections can be easily treated through telehealth. Antibiotics may be needed, as well as other prescription medications. Sinus infections can be a complication of common viral infections including COVID-19.
Sinus infections, also known as acute sinusitis, happen when fluid builds up in the air-pockets of the face (sinuses). This fluid buildup allows viruses and bacteria to grow. In some cases, fungus can be a part of sinus infections.
Some symptoms of a sinus infection include:
- Thick, yellow or greenish mucus from the nose (runny nose) or down the back of the throat (postnasal drainage)
- Blocked or stuffy nose (congestion)
- Pain, tenderness, or swelling and pressure around your eyes, cheeks, or nose
Contact a doctor if you have:
- Severe symptoms, such as severe headache or facial pain
- Symptoms that worsen after seeming to improve
- A persistent fever
- Symptoms lasting more than 10 days without getting better
You should also seek medical care if you have had multiple sinus infections in the past year.
Symptoms of covid include more of a dry cough, loss of taste and smell, and more respiratory symptoms. Sinusitis causes more of a discomfort in the face, congestion, nasal drip, and facial pressure.
Sinus infection can be a secondary complication of COVID. The COVID virus can infect the sinuses, causing sinus congestion and infection.
We are happy to order a covid test for you, which will be done at any local Quest patient service center or another location of your choice.