Sinus Infection Specialist

James C. Yee, MD -  - Otolaryngologist

James C. Yee, MD

Otolaryngologist located in Folsom, CA & Carmichael, CA

Inflamed sinuses lead to miserable symptoms such as headache, stuffy nose, and even fever. Whether you have a short-term sinus infection or chronic sinusitis, you want relief. At the otolaryngology practice of James C. Yee, MD, in Folsom and Carmichael, California, Dr. Yee provides evaluation and care for sinus infections so you overcome the infection effectively. Call one of his offices or book an appointment online to have your sinuses evaluated today.

Sinus Infection Q & A

What is a sinus infection?

A sinus infection describes a condition in which your nasal passages become inflamed. You can develop a sinus infection due to allergies, an environmental irritant, or a bacterial infection.

An acute sinus infection may last up to a month, but resolves with treatment. Subacute sinus infections can last 4-12 weeks. Some people may experience chronic sinus infections that last longer than 12 weeks and may continue for months or even years.

Men and women who experience several sinus infections a year are diagnosed with recurrent sinusitis.

What are the symptoms of a sinus infection?

A sinus infection often comes with congestion, headache, and sore throat. You may also experience:

  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Pain, tenderness, and swelling around the sinuses, in your ears, and around your mouth

Another telltale sign of a sinus infection is the quality of your mucus. You’ll notice that when you blow your nose, the discharge is greenish or yellowish in color and cloudy, rather than clear. Sinus infections aren’t usually contagious.

What causes a sinus infection?

Your sinuses are filled with air. If they become blocked, they may fill with fluid that can be subject to infection from bacteria. Common conditions that can block your sinuses include:

  • Colds
  • Allergies that cause swelling of the lining of the nose
  • Small growths, or polyps, in your nasal lining
  • Deviated septum, a shift in the nasal cavity

Treatment for your sinus infection depends on the cause. 

How is a sinus infection treated?

Acute sinus infections are usually caused by bacteria and can be resolved with antibiotics, nasal sprays, decongestants, humidifiers, and steroids.

If your sinusitis is related to allergies, Dr. Yee may perform allergy testing and have you undergo allergy treatment to find a resolution.

If these treatments fail and your sinus infection is resistant and persistent, Dr. Yee may recommend sinus surgery. He can offer image-guided sinus surgery and balloon sinuplasty to resolve your sinus health.

If you’re suffering from a sinus infection, call the office of James C. Yee, MD, or book an appointment using the online tool on this website.