Sinus Infections Specialist

Integrative Primary Care

Internists located in Houston, TX

The pain and discomfort caused by sinus infections have a way of hijacking your entire health and wellness, especially if you suffer from a chronic form of the condition. Dr. Syed Farhat Zaidi and Dr. Imran Baig at Integrative Primary Care have extensive experience helping their Houston and Katy, Texas, area patients find relief from sinus problems. From allergy testing to the latest treatment protocols, you can put an end to sinus pain. Just call or schedule an appointment using the online booking tool to get started.

Sinus Infections Q & A

What is a sinus infection?

Your head contains a network of sinuses, which include the:

  • Frontal sinuses in your forehead
  • Maxillary sinuses on either side of your nose
  • Ethmoid and sphenoid sinuses in the bridge of your nose

While all of these sinuses are connected to your upper airways, medical researchers are still unsure as to their exact role, but they suspect these cavities may have something to do with humidifying and filtering the air you breathe.

Unfortunately, your sinuses can become extremely problematic when an infection takes hold, causing inflammation and congestion. Most acute sinus infections, or sinusitis, stem from viruses, bacteria, and even fungi that get into the mucus that lines your sinuses.

If you have chronic problems, your sinuses are constantly inflamed, largely due to problems with allergies.

What are the symptoms of a sinus infection?

The symptoms of a sinus infection can be hard to ignore as the pressure inside your sinuses causes moderate to severe pain in your face, usually in your upper cheeks and in your forehead. Along with the pain, you may also experience:

  • Runny nose
  • Congested nose
  • Post-nasal drip (which can lead to a sore throat)
  • Fever

Your sinus infection may develop as part of a cold or flu, often making the symptoms blend together. That said, the facial pain is usually what makes a sinus infection stand apart.

How are sinus infections diagnosed and treated?

The first order of business for the doctors at Integrative Primary Care is to determine whether your sinus infection is acute or part of an ongoing problem in your sinuses. After a full medical evaluation and extensive review of your medical history and your symptoms, they’re typically able to make that call.

For acute sinusitis, your doctor usually lets it run its course, recommending some tips and medications to keep you more comfortable. If you suffer from chronic problems, Dr. Zaidi or Dr. Baig likely tests you for allergies to see which irritants may be causing the inflammation in your sinuses.

Once they have a better idea of the underlying cause of your sinus problems, they recommend an appropriate treatment plan, including:

  • Irrigation
  • Trigger avoidance
  • Antibiotics
  • Decongestants and antihistamines

If you want to find relief from throbbing sinus pain, call Integrative Primary Care or request an appointment using the online booking tool.