Has your little one been battling a cold for more than a week? Is his runny nose and cough accompanied by facial pain and tenderness? Chances are, he may have What’s Going Around this week – Sinusitis, a bacterial infection of the sinuses.
The locations that reported the largest increases include:
● Altamonte, Sanford, & University: up 200% (kids)
● Sand Lake: up 400%
● Waterford: up 400% (kids)
Sinusitis occurs when a nasal passage is unable to drain due to inflammation. The increased mucus and blockage then gets infected. Both Upper Respiratory Infections and Allergy attacks heighten the chances of developing a bacterial infection like sinusitis.
Many symptoms of sinusitis mimic the common cold, but a cold typically runs its course in about a week. Sinusitis, on the other hand, can last weeks or months if left untreated.
● Pressure/Pain in the Head and Pain or Tenderness of the Face (may intensify when you lean over)
● Nasal Congestion
● Sore Throat
● Nasal Discharge
● Postnasal Drip
Sinusitis isn’t contagious, but the cold symptoms that precede it can be easily spread from person to person. If your sinusitis is bacterial in nature, your doctor will likely prescribe an antibiotic to shorten its duration. Symptoms may also be treated with over-the-counter medications to alleviate pain, fever and congestion. A humidifier or nasal saline mist can help to thin the mucus.
The following can help to prevent sinusitis:
● Wash/sanitize your hands often
● Avoid people who have colds or other upper respiratory infections
● Use a humidifier to increase moisture
● Avoid pollutants such as smoke
● Treat the symptoms of an upper respiratory infection quickly, so they don’t get worse