Urgent Care – Nasal Congestion & Sinus Infections
Nasal congestion can be both painful and uncomfortable due to the pressure in the sinuses and constant dripping from your nose. The early stages of these symptoms can often be treated at home with over-the-counter sinus medications and plenty of rest.
But there are times when the symptoms don’t clear up, which might be an indication that you need to talk to a doctor about your nasal congestion. Our urgent care offers day, evening, and weekend hours to ensure that you have access to medical professionals at your convenience. Whether you are unable to visit the doctor during daytime hours, or your symptoms worsen after most medical offices are closed, you are always welcome to contact our team for assistance.
When Do You Need to Visit an Urgent Care for Nasal Congestion?
Having a head cold doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to talk to a doctor. With proper care at home, the symptoms will usually clear up within a week to ten days. In fact, some people find it’s not worth visiting the doctor for minor symptoms because antibiotics can’t be used for viral infections.
The real concern can occur when you have an upper respiratory infection that turns into a sinus infection. When nasal congestion occurs due to a head cold or allergies, it can cause the sinuses to swell and become inflamed, which affects the way mucus drains out of the sinus cavities. As a result, the conditions create the right environment where germs can grow in the sinuses.
The stagnation of mucus can lead to the development of a bacterial infection, which will increase the pain and discomfort you are experiencing. Your immune system might not be able to fight off the bacteria, resulting in the development of a sinus infection that requires medical treatment.
Pay attention to your symptoms, so you know when it is time to talk to a doctor about your illness. You should visit a local doctor if you experience one or more of the following issues:
- Severe facial pain, especially in the sinus areas (on the sides of the nose and over the eyebrows)
- Symptoms remain for 10 or more days
- Persistent fever for 4+ days
- You feel like you are getting better, then the symptoms worsen again
- A severe headache with the nasal congestion
- Other symptoms that seem concerning or unusual
Medical Services for Nasal Congestion & Sinus Pain
You shouldn’t hesitate to schedule an exam if your symptoms are persistent or even getting worse with time. We will evaluate your symptoms and provide testing, if necessary, to determine if your nasal congestion has turned into a sinus infection. Our team has experience helping with upper respiratory infections, and we are happy to assist in finding the right treatment so you can find relief.
For more information, visit our clinic to discuss treatment options. University Urgent Care has a team of board-certified nurse practitioners, providing a full range of both urgent care services for students and the community. Call any time to schedule an appointment: (817) 439-9539.