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iCare – Nasal Congestion & Sinus Infections – Urgent Care Services Page

Most of the time, head colds and upper respiratory infections will resolve on their own with at-home treatments. While a runny nose, cough, and fever can be uncomfortable and inconvenient, it doesn’t necessarily merit immediate medical treatments.

The key to determining whether you need to talk to a doctor is to pay attention to your symptoms and the progression of the illness. Here is a quick overview help you decide if it is time to visit an urgent care for nasal congestion or sinus infections:

Common Cold vs. Sinus Infection

Often, a person has a common cold first; then a sinus infection develops as a secondary infection. For example, your symptoms might start with these common issues:

  • A runny nose
  • Coughing
  • Fever
  • Nasal Congestion
  • Sneezing
  • Sore throat
  • Postnasal drip
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue

A viral infection causes a head cold, and you need to “wait it out” for the symptoms to go away. It is common to use over-the-counter treatments to alleviate symptoms, such as decongestants and/or pain relievers.

On the other hand, a sinus infection results in the same symptoms listed above. But there are a few additional symptoms you might notice, which can indicate that medical treatment is needed. If you have a sinus infection, then you will also experience symptoms such as:

  • Headaches
  • Pain and pressure in the facial area
  • The discomfort intensifies when you lean over

When you notice that your head cold symptoms persist longer than ten days or the symptoms are getting worse with time, then you should talk to a doctor for an evaluation.

What to Expect at an Urgent Care

One of the benefits of choosing iCare ER and Urgent Care is that we are equipped to assist with medical emergencies as well as basic medical services. Don’t hesitate to visit our office for something that seems “small,” such as nasal congestion or a sinus infection.

Our team is here to assist with diagnosis and help with your treatment plan. This visit will include an inspection of the ears, nose, and throat. We also offer testing services as needed for a diagnosis, such as a throat swab or chest x-ray. The purpose is to identify signs of infection, congestion, and swelling so proper treatment can be identified.

Not only do we offer solutions to manage your current discomfort, but treatments are designed to take care of the infection you are experiencing. Keep in mind that this treatment depends on the cause of infection. For example, if you have a bacterial sinus infection, then it might be appropriate to prescribe antibiotics for treatment.

Can an Urgent Care Treat a Sinus Infection?

Our board-certified medical team can help with all of your medical needs. Whether you have a one-time, acute sinus infection or you are dealing with chronic symptoms, we invite you to call us right away to schedule an appointment. We provide a custom experience for every patient, ensuring optimal treatments for your medical concerns. For more information, call us at iCare ER and Urgent Care at (214) 407-8668.


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