It's normal for cold and flu symptoms to persist for several days, sometimes about a week. But if they prolong then it's important to seek out your Bethlehem, PA, doctor as this is often a sign of sinusitis, and to rule out any other conditions. So contact Dr. Andrew Pestcoe of The Head and Neck Center, P.C., to learn more.
Your sinuses are spaces behind your face that help in several ways but are mainly involved in your respiratory system. Air that you breathe passes through these passages and they, in turn, create mucus that helps to filter bacteria and other contaminants, and also lubricates your nose.
If your sinuses are working correctly air flows through and mucus lubricates and drains without a problem.
Allergies, the general shape of your sinuses, or bacteria from a cold or the flu can create a clog and bring about the well-known symptoms of sinusitis.
If the flow of air or mucus is obstructed you may begin to feel that throbbing pressure, and pain, behind your forehead, your nose, your cheeks, or between your eyes. Some have likened the pain to that of a toothache because of the proximity of it all.
You may feel headaches and cold symptoms that last for more than 10 days, including fever.
Sinusitis Treatment in Bethlehem, PA
Home treatments can help ease the effect of some of these symptoms, but your doctor can best help advise you on what would be most beneficial, and most importantly diagnose the reason behind them. Sometimes medication may be prescribed and can often alleviate acute sinusitis in less than four weeks, sometimes just one.
Chronic sinusitis can last for longer, despite treatment, and may require surgical intervention.
If you are suffering from sinusitis symptoms or a cold that just won't go away, make an appointment today. Call Dr. Pestcoe of The Head and Neck Center, P.C., in Bethlehem, PA, by dialing (610) 691-2552.