Sinus infections symptoms may differ depending on whether the infection is acute or chronic and depending on which of the sinuses are infected.
Sinus infections are often characterized by feeling pain. Frontal sinusitis often causes one to feel pain in the forehead. The pain can occur on one or both sides of the forehead. Frontal sinusitis can also be accompanied by a fever, postnasal drip, and headaches. Pain may worsen when one is lying down and you may find the pain to lessen when your head is upright.
If one is experiencing problems with their maxillary sinuses, pain will occur in the upper jaw, cheeks, and teeth area. The cheekbone(s) may turn red and swell and pain can worsen when one’s head is upright. You may find that the pain decreases when you lie down. Fevers and nasal discharge are also common with this type of sinusitis.
Sphenoid sinusitis is another sinus infection symptom. It is less common and can cause pain at the top of the head, behind the eye, and forehead. With this sinusitis, fevers are common and pain worsens when one reclines. If the pressure affects the brain, one may notice problems seeing or double vision. Nasal discharge is also common.
Those with ethmoid sinusitis will find that their nasal passage is congested and postnasal drip is present. A headache can occur behind the eye or in the temple region. Those with this type of sinusitis may feel pressure down the side of their nose or in the inner corner of their eyes. Fevers are common and pain may be intensified while one is lying down or coughing.
The nasal drainage one has with sinusitis is usually thick. They can range from a variety of colours such as white, yellow, slightly tinged with blood, or even green. Post nasal drainage refers to when the mucous drains from the back of the nose and down the throat. Stuffy noses are also a common sinus infection symptom.
Additional symptoms can include fatigue, a cough that worsens during the evening, sore throats, decreased sense of smell, fever, and a bad breath. On very uncommon occasions, acute sinusitis can even cause infections in the brain and other serious problems.
Some of the sinus infection symptoms are similar to those of a common cold. However, colds tend to last between one to two weeks and will disappear on their own without treatment. On the other hand, acute sinusitis tends to last longer.
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