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Cold & Sinus Infection Treatment in West Hartford, CT

Sinus Infection Treatment West Hartford CT

Coughing, sneezing, a runny nose, and a sore throat—just about everyone can recognize signs of the common cold. And like most people, you’ve probably experienced these symptoms firsthand. Colds are usually harmless and go away on their own in short order. However, if your nasal symptoms last longer than a few days, you could be battling something more serious, such as a sinus infection (sinusitis).

On your own, it’s not always easy to tell if you have a sinus infection or the common cold. Your sinuses can become infected and inflamed by either bacteria or a run-of-the-mill cold virus. Although the symptoms can be similar, a bacterial infection may require antibiotic treatment, but a viral infection will not. To ensure prompt and effective treatment for whatever is ailing you, it’s best to seek medical attention if you have a cold that lingers longer than a week. In West Hartford, Connecticut, you can see an experienced and caring provider at PhysicianOne Urgent Care. We’ll get to the bottom of your illness and help you feel better.

When Is Antibiotic Treatment Needed for a Sinus Infection?

In general, we may prescribe antibiotic treatment for your sinus infection if you have thick nasal discharge or facial pressure for at least 10 days. Additionally, if you experienced these symptoms initially and they resolved only to come back with a vengeance a short time later (a common scenario for bacterial sinusitis), antibiotic treatment may be appropriate.

Otherwise, we may suggest a “watchful waiting” approach, because the vast majority of mild sinus infections clear up within about two weeks. In the meantime, you may be able to improve your comfort with home remedies, such as:

  • Pain-relieving medications
  • Nasal decongestants
  • Nasal saline irrigators
  • Nasal steroid sprays

If you need help managing your common cold symptoms or you suspect that you might have a sinus infection, visit our walk-in urgent care center in West Hartford. Our team can evaluate your illness and recommend an appropriate treatment strategy to help you recover.

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