Symptoms of the common cold or the flu can progress into a sinus infection. Bacteria thrives in inflamed, swollen sinuses, causing fever, pain, and a seemingly never-ending cold. If you need treatment for a sinus infection, Dr. Ray Santos and Dr. Ritu Sharma diagnose and treat sinus infections for people living in and around Jersey City, New Jersey. Make your appointment at DRS Medical Associates and get rid of your sinus infection.
A sinus infection usually follows a cold or the flu, but can also result from nasal allergies. When these conditions cause inflammation and swelling in your nasal passages, mucus backs up and can become infected with bacteria, which causes the infection.
In addition to nasal congestion, fever, and cough, you may feel pressure around your eyes and face, have an intense headache, and blockage in your nose. The mucus you see when you blow your nose or cough up phlegm is thick and yellowish. When these symptoms persist for 10 days or longer, it’s likely a sinus infection.
Children get sinus infections, too. Get them checked if they have swelling around the eyes, yellow nasal drainage, headaches, earaches, or a cold that lasts longer than 7 days – especially if it’s accompanied by a fever.
The doctors prescribe antibiotics to clear up the bacterial infection causing your infection. Be sure to take the entire course of medication to be fully protected. Use of over-the-counter decongestants and antihistamines may help relieve symptoms until you can see your doctor.
You may be diagnosed with chronic sinusitis if your inflamed and swollen sinuses persist for 12 weeks or longer, despite attempts to treat them. It’s most common in adults, but can affect children.
Dr. Santos and Dr. Sharma can help find the source of your chronic sinusitis. This might be benign tissue growths blocking your nasal passages or a crooked wall between the nostrils, known as a deviated nasal septum. Some long-term health conditions, including HIV and cystic fibrosis, may be to blame. Seasonal allergies and hay fever are other possible causes.
The doctors at DRS Medical Associates want to reduce your sinus inflammation and keep the sinuses draining. They’ll also look for the underlying cause to minimize flare-ups in the future. To treat symptoms, you can use nasal sprays and rinses to clear out your sinuses. The doctors may prescribe a special nasal spray to reduce inflammation or prescribe oral or injected steroids to treat severe symptoms.
Depending on the root cause of your sinusitis, Dr. Santos and Dr. Sharma may prescribe antibiotics and allergy shots to resolve constant flare-ups.
At DRS Medical Associates, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.
"Dr. Sharma was friendly, informative and straight forward when it came to health concerns. She took time to get all the medical history and shared a lot of knowledge."
"I have been to DRS several times and seen Dr Ritu. She is a very very good doctor who truly cares about her patients. "
"Not once did I feel rush and both doctors took their time to answer my questions. I didn't leave there thinking that they were pushing me into anything either. "
"I am so thankful for his passion and knowledge. He is officially our family doctor here in JC with a great location and hours!"
"I have been with Medical associates for the last 2 months and like them a lot. They respected my wishes and made sure I got the correct treatment."
"Our experience has been with Dr. Santos. He is a patient and kind physician who listens and provides compassionate feedback about childcare."
"Dr. Santos was great. He took the time to understand all my symptoms and any any history since I was a new patient. Did not feel rushed and felt very comfortable."
"I see Dr. Sharma and she has always been very patient in listening to my history and accurate with her diagnosis."
"Dr Sharma is really good doctor. She is thorough, very diligent, and takes her time to listen before arriving at a diagnosis. Highly recommend."
"Excellent doctors!!! Wonderful staff !!"
"The office is very clean, comfortable, and nicely decorated. I did not wait at all to be seen. Highly recommend this practice!"
"Greatest service! Best docs! Dr. Ritu & Dr. Ray are extremely friendly and patience. Highly recommended"
"I had a great experience with Dr. Sharma. I did not have to wait and she was very thorough. I have now found a doctor I love!!!"
"Dr. Ray cares about giving his patients quality service and attention. Highly recommended."
"Her bedside manner is awesome. She takes the time to explain things and answer questions and not trying to rush you out like other doctors."