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What Happens If You Let a Sinus Infection Go Untreated?

What do you do about those pesky sinus infections? They’re green (sometimes yellow), mean, fighting machines with the power to put us down. Trying to focus at work with facial pressure and pain is near impossible, especially if the infection is chronic. But sometimes it’s easier just to suffer through it. I mean, it’s only two weeks, right? Wrong. What happens if you let a sinus infection go untreated? Well, it’s not always good. 

Because our sinuses are so close to other parts of the body, like the brain or the eyes, there’s potential for serious health risks if we don’t take care of sinusitis early enough. According to Dr. Garrett Bennett in New York, untreated sinus infections can travel to the eyes, which tend to be more common in children. If that’s not enough to motivate someone to take action, I don’t know what will. Maybe the idea of permanent eye damage? 

The most frightening thing that can happen, although rare, is an infection in the brain. Once there, it can cause damage and even death. 

The lesson here is that untreated sinus infections are nothing casual that should be ignored. Seeking medical help and receiving antibiotics is the most common way of getting rid of them, but if you suffer from something like chronic sinusitis, then there are more extensive treatments like sinus surgery or balloon sinuplasty

If you’re dealing with chronic sinusitis, then come to the ENT Institute for proper and long-term sinus care. Call 770-740-1860 or fill out the form at the top. To learn more about balloon sinuplasty, fill out the form to the right.

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