Your Guide to Frequent Sinus Infections


female ENT doctor examines nose of patient.

If you’ve ever experienced a sinus infection, you’ll recall the intense pressure and discomfort in your eyes and forehead. It’s debilitating, making it impossible to concentrate, leaving you longing for rest.

But what’s even worse? When the relief is short-lived and the infection returns weeks later!

Let’s explore how to effectively address this persistent problem.

What causes chronic sinusitis?

Identifying the root cause may seem straightforward, but in reality, it’s often complex. Chronic sinus infections can stem from various factors such as allergies, inflammatory conditions, infections, or sometimes even a combination of these triggers.

Other potential causes are issues like nasal polyps, constricted drainage pathways, a deviated septum, or obstruction due to an enlarged turbinate.

Individuals managing conditions like gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), asthma, autoimmune disorders, or allergies are particularly prone to frequent sinus infections.

Additionally, sinusitis can occur or recur due to the flu, a cold, or an upper respiratory infection triggered by bacteria or viruses.

If you identify with any of these common triggers, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with an ENT specialist. Delaying medical treatment is not advisable, as excessive reliance on over-the-counter decongestants and antihistamines can diminish their effectiveness.

What are symptoms of sinus infections?

Those who suffer from sinus infections several times throughout the year are often very familiar with the symptoms, including:

  • Nasal congestion accompanied by fever
  • Persistent coughing or sneezing
  • Postnasal drip leading to a sore throat
  • Discolored mucus discharge (yellow or green)
  • Fatigue
  • Redness in the eyes
  • Pain or pressure felt in the face, ears, mouth, or teeth
  • Bad breath

Suffering from sinus infections multiple times a year is a common issue, but with the right care, relief is possible.

How to find sinus infection relief at home

There are steps you can take at home to help yourself find relief.

They include:

  1. Prioritize rest to help your immune system, making it the first line of defense.
  2. Utilize OTC saline sprays, rinses, or a neti pot to alleviate sinus congestion by thinning nasal secretions.
  3. Consider allergy medications to address any allergy symptoms.
  4. Incorporate humidifiers into your routine to moisturize your nasal passages and prevent them from becoming dry.
  5. Apply warm compresses to alleviate the discomfort associated with inflammation and pressure buildup.

If you have tried these steps are are unable to find relief, be sure to see an ENT specialist to address your chronic sinus infections. Relief is possible.

What are the treatments for recurring sinus infections?

Depending on the cause of your recurring sinus infections, medical treatment may vary.

Common treatments for chronic sinusitis include:

  • corticosteroids
  • prescription antibiotics
  • balloon sinuplasty
  • allergy shots
  • deviated septum surgery
  • nasal polyp removal
  • turbinate reduction

Talk with an ENT specialist for a proper diagnosis and to explore which treatments may be right for you.

Find an ENT specialist for chronic sinus infections

Be free from chronic sinus infections and get back to doing what you love. Relief is within reach with the help of an ENT specialist.

Find an ENT specialist near you to discuss your symptoms and find a personalized treatment plan.

Want more information?

Checkout these related articles

doctor evaluating child's ear.
Madisyn Shaffer
| May 16, 2024

A Parent’s Guide to Ear Tubes

Ear infections are a frequent challenge in early childhood. Parents familiar with chronic bouts of ear infections understand the drill all too well. The routine […]

Read More… from A Parent’s Guide to Ear Tubes

woman with sinus infection.
Madisyn Shaffer
| May 16, 2024

When Are Frequent Sinus Infections Considered Chronic?

Sinus infections can be incredibly debilitating, leaving you with that all-too-familiar throbbing pain across your face, teeth, and eyes, accompanied by relentless pressure on your […]

Read More… from When Are Frequent Sinus Infections Considered Chronic?

woman in a bright yellow blouse looks uncomfortable and holds her throat while working on a laptop.
Kevin St. Clergy
| May 16, 2024

Understanding and Managing Post Nasal Drip

The persistent tickle in your throat can be extremely bothersome. No amount of coughing or throat clearing seems to help, and sometimes you develop a […]

Read More… from Understanding and Managing Post Nasal Drip

Find A Hearing Expert Near You Today

Discover everything you need to know about hearing loss and hearing aids and find top local hearing experts.

Find An Expert