COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – Has your cold or allergies turned into a sinus infection? It's called sinusitis.
After a cold or allergy episode, you are at greater risk of developing a sinus infection because these conditions cause inflammation and swelling of the sinuses. These symptoms affect millions of Americans each day.
Dr. Paula-Walker King from Columbus State University says a Sinus infection occurs when sinuses become inflamed and causes bacteria to dwell
Symptoms include: nasal congestion, pain around the eyes and nose, toothache, headache, yellow-colored mucus.
Prevention tips include: drink fluids to stay hydrated, get plenty of rest—this strengthens the immune system, and steam your sinus cavities with a hot rag to the face.
Sinus infections can last a few weeks if not treated, but proper treatment will shorten that time to around a week.