Symptoms that can Help you Identify Sinusitis

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Jan 06, 2015

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Quick Bites

  • Inflammation of tissue lining sinuses is sinusitis.
  • Blockage can cause infection.
  • Common cold, nasal polyps are some of the causes.
  • Facial pain, nasal stuffiness are symptoms of sinusitis.

An inflammation or swelling of the tissue lining the sinuses is known as sinusitis. Usually, the sinuses are filled with air but when the sinuses get blocked and filled with fluid, bacteria and germs can find place to grow causing infection.

There are several conditions that can cause sinus blockage. These include common cold, allergic rhinitis, nasal polyps or a deviated septum.

Sinusitis Signs and Symptoms

Types of Sinusitis

There are different types of sinusitis which include the following:

An unexpected inset of cold-like symptoms like runny and stuffy nose and facial pain that does not go away after 10 to 14 days. Acute sinusitis lasts for 4 weeks or less. There can be an inflammation which lasts 4 to 8 weeks.

A condition in which sinus inflammation symptoms last 8 weeks or longer

Several attacks in a year

Signs and Symptoms of Acute Sinusitis

There are several symptoms of sinusitis which occur at the primary stages. These include:

  • Facial pain or pressure
  • Nasal stuffiness
  • Nasal discharge
  • Loss of smell
  • Cough or congestion
  • There are several additional symptoms which include:
  • Fever
  • Bad breath
  • Fatigue
  • Dental pain

Sinusitis Signs and Symptoms


Who is at Risk?

In America, almost 37 million people suffer from at least one instance of sinusitis each year. The following people may be at a higher risk of sinusitis.

  • People who have nasal mucous membrane swelling just like that from a common cold
  • Blockage of drainage ducts
  • Structural difference that can narrow down the drainage ducts
  • Nasal polyps

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