Your head might be throbbing. You might feel intense pressure in your nose, cheeks, jaws, and forehead. You don’t know for sure, but you believe you have sinusitis, a sinus infection.
You should always seek medical help when you have questions regarding your health. If you’re in a lot of pain, your first instinct may be to go to an emergency room – DON’T. Sinus infections aren’t a medical emergency. You will end up waiting long hours to be seen and will spend more money than you should. Gonzaba Urgent Care can treat your sinusitis – thus, saving you time and money.
What is Sinusitis?
A sinus is a hollow space in our body. We have four pairs behind the bones of the face. Sinusitis will usually affect the sinuses that lead to the nasal cavity. Sinus infections are caused when the sinuses become inflamed or infected. The sinus drainage will slow down, and mucus will begin to develop. All the buildup causes irritation and stuffy noses.
Sinus infections may feel like a common cold or allergic reaction. If the sinuses begin to inflame, it is most likely sinusitis. Many people even develop sinusitis when they are recovering from a cold or another respiratory tract infection.
The symptoms include:
- Post-nasal drip
- Sore throat resulting from post-nasal drip
- Green or yellow mucus
- Nasal discharge
- Sinus pain
Sinusitis becomes more common around spring and fall when allergies are more prominent. Sinusitis can be caused by bacteria, viruses, allergens, and even chemicals or pollutants.
There are two different kinds of sinusitis: acute and chronic.
Acute sinusitis can last up to 4 weeks and is usually caused by a viral infection. Most people with acute symptoms will experience congestion, cough, yellow or green-colored discharge from the nose or throat, tenderness and pressure around the eyes, and a lessened sense of smell and taste. Acute sinusitis can be treated with antibiotics.
Chronic sinusitis and acute sinusitis have similar signs and symptoms, but chronic sinusitis can last for over 3 months and even years. Unfortunately, chronic cases can be difficult to treat. Antibiotics may help, but it is a very slow and lengthy process. When antibiotics and other treatments do not help, surgery might be an option.
Where Should You Go?
First, you can try over the counter medicine for your symptoms. Hopefully, you might just have a cold or allergies. If the medicine doesn’t help and the symptoms persist or worsen for 3 to 5 days, you should seek medical help.
It can be difficult to determine if the symptoms you are experiencing is due to sinusitis, which is why you should visit a medical professional. Many people will choose to go to their primary doctor for an initial evaluation. The only problem is that you may not be able to see your doctor as soon as you’d like. Luckily, you have a couple of other options for your convenience: emergency rooms and urgent cares.
The average cost for sinusitis treatment at an emergency room is $617, while it is around $112 on average at an urgent care. You could save a little over $500! That’s about 400 boxes of tissues. The average visit time at an emergency room is 4 hours, while the average visit time at an urgent care is 1 hour. By visiting an urgent care, you will be seen and receive treatment much faster.
The emergency room is meant for medical emergencies. However, many people use it for non-urgent conditions – like sinusitis. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that only 12% of emergency visits result in hospital admissions. Even with health insurance, hospital visits can be expensive.
The good news is that urgent cares can save you time and money! If you’ve heard the term “doc-in-the-box,” someone was referring to an urgent care. There is no appointment necessary, and many stay open for late hours and even weekends. Since urgent cares are designed for non-urgent emergencies, your wait time won’t be nearly as long. Don’t forget – you’ll also save yourself around $500!
Visit Gonzaba Urgent Care for Help Treating Your Sinusitis
If you’re struggling with sinusitis or any other condition, visit Gonzaba Urgent Care. We can administer the antibiotics, steroid nasal sprays, or other treatments that will help to ease your pain.
Gonzaba Urgent Care Centers are open 7 days a week, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. You won’t have to wait for long hours, and you won’t have to break the bank to seek help. We have three convenient urgent care locations around San Antonio, Texas. Call us at (210) 921-6600 for more information.