Sinus Infection Specialist

Joel Juarez-Uribe, MD -  - Internal Medicine

Cardiology Medical Clinic of Chula Vista

Joel Juarez-Uribe, MD

Internal Medicine & Primary Care located in Chula Vista, CA

If you think you might have a sinus infection, it’s very important to see Dr. Juarez-Uribe at Cardiology Medical Clinic of Chula Vista in Chula Vista, California. If left untreated it can lead to problems such as an infection of the bone. Call the clinic or schedule an appointment online today to find relief from your symptoms of the infection and treatments.

Sinus Infection Q & A

What is a sinus infection?

A sinus infection, or also called sinusitis, happens when your sinuses become inflamed. Your sinuses are usually filled with air, however, if they become clogged and congested it can cause an infection. About 35 million Americans have sinusitis at least once a year. The symptoms of a sinus infection include:

  • Congestion
  • Post-nasal drip
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • A cold that won’t go away
  • Facial pain or pressure
  • Loss of smell
  • Fatigue
  • Thick discharge from your nose
  • Headache

These symptoms can sound like a cold but if they continue for longer than a week, it could be a more serious infection.

How is a sinus infection diagnosed?

If you think you might have a sinus infection it’s important that you make an appointment to see Dr. Juarez-Uribe. During the appointment, Dr. Juarez-Uribe will give you a complete physical examination, including a possible CT scan of your sinuses. He will evaluate your symptoms and help you find relief.

What are the treatments for a sinus infection?

Dr. Juarez-Uribe might prescribe antibiotics if symptoms continue for more than a week and you’re finding no relief. He may recommend decongestants and antihistamines in the meantime to help you during the recovery process.

What is chronic sinusitis?

You might have chronic sinusitis if you have symptoms for more than 12 weeks. Dr. Juarez-Uribe might prescribe saline rinses, steroids, a humidifier or other possible solutions for your chronic problem.

How do I reduce my chances of developing a sinus infection?

It’s important to wash your hands often and keep your hands away from your face to reduce the risk of exposure to a virus which can lead to an infection. It’s also important to reduce your exposure to smoke or allergens that might cause you irritation. Dr. Juarez-Uribe can help you learn ways to stay healthy and infection free.

Is treatment necessary?

It’s very important to see Dr. Juarez-Uribe for treating a potential sinus infection because an untreated sinus infection can lead to meningitis, a brain abscess, or an infection of the bone.

Call Cardiology Medical Clinic of Chula Vista or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about sinus infections and how Dr. Juarez-Uribe can help you.