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Symptoms of Sinusitis

Updated: Apr 16

Symptoms of Sinusitis
Symptoms of Sinusitis

Sinusitis, also known as a sinus infection, can cause a variety of symptoms that range from mild to severe. The symptoms of sinusitis can vary depending on the type of sinusitis (acute, chronic, or recurrent) and the underlying cause. Here are the common symptoms associated with sinusitis:

  1. Facial Pain and Pressure: One of the hallmark symptoms of sinusitis is pain and pressure in the face, particularly around the forehead, cheeks, and eyes. This discomfort is often described as a dull, throbbing ache.

  2. Nasal Congestion: Sinusitis can cause nasal congestion or a feeling of blockage in the nasal passages. This congestion may make it difficult to breathe through the nose and can lead to mouth breathing.

  3. Nasal Discharge: Depending on the type of sinusitis and its underlying cause, nasal discharge may be present. The discharge can be thick, discolored (yellow or green), or clear. Postnasal drip, where mucus drains down the throat from the back of the nose, is also common.

  4. Cough: Sinusitis can trigger a cough, which may be dry or produce mucus. The cough is often worse at night and can be persistent.

  5. Headache: Many people with sinusitis experience headaches, particularly in the forehead, temples, or the area around the eyes. These headaches may worsen with changes in position, such as bending forward.

  6. Reduced Sense of Smell and Taste: Sinusitis can interfere with the sense of smell and taste. You may notice that food tastes bland or that you're unable to detect odors as well as usual.

  7. Fatigue: Chronic sinusitis, in particular, can cause fatigue and a general feeling of malaise. This may be due to the body's immune response to the infection or inflammation.

  8. Fever: In some cases of acute sinusitis, particularly those caused by a bacterial infection, fever may develop. A fever is generally considered a temperature of 100.4°F (38°C) or higher.

  9. Ear Pain or Pressure: Sinusitis can affect the ears, leading to pain, pressure, or a feeling of fullness in the ears. This is often due to congestion and inflammation affecting the Eustachian tubes.

  10. Bad Breath: Sinusitis can cause bad breath (halitosis) due to the presence of bacteria in the sinuses and postnasal drip.

It's important to note that not everyone with Sinusitis will experience all of these symptoms, and the severity of symptoms can vary from person to person. If you suspect you have sinusitis based on your symptoms, it's essential to consult with healthcare professionals like Headache & Tendon for an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment.

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