Symptoms of Sinusitis
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Symptoms of sinus infection are very similar to those of the common cold. However, when due to a cold virus, such symptoms typically improve after a few days. If you continue to have nasal symptoms 10-14 days after having a cold, then you may have developed a sinus infection.

Blockage of Sinuses

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Symptoms of sinus infection may include:
  • Nasal congestion
  • Nasal discharge that may be
    • Thick
    • Greenish
    • Yellowish
  • Headache (in acute sinusitis)
  • Ear pain
  • Toothache (dental pain)
  • Facial pain and pressure that increases when you lie down or lean over
  • Facial fullness or congestion
  • Nagging cough that may get worse when lying down
  • Fever
  • Decreased energy or fatigue
  • Bad breath
  • Unpleasant taste in your mouth
  • Decreased sense of smell
  • Fever, especially in children

Most experts believe that sinus infection does not cause chronic headaches. However, alteration in sinus pressure associated with weather changes might provoke headaches in susceptible people.




References:
Bhattacharyya N. Clinical and symptom criteria for the accurate diagnosis of chronic rhinosinusitis. Laryngoscope. 2006;116:1-22.

Rakel RE, Bope ET. Conn’s Current Therapy. 54th ed. Philadelphia, PA: WB Saunders Company; 2002.

Sinus infection (sinusitis). National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases website. Available at: http://www.niaid.nih.gov/topics/sinusitis/Pages/Index.aspx Accessed September 12, 2008.

Last Reviewed August 2013



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