What is Sinusitis?
Sinusitis – also referred to as a sinus infection or a sinus blockage – is a common condition in which the sinuses (the spaces between the nose and head) become swollen and inflamed. The condition stops the normal drainage of mucus, causing the nose to become stuffy and making it difficult to breathe. This can cause the eyes to be swollen and tender as well. Sinusitis can also be a chronic condition. Sinusitis is considered chronic when symptoms persist for more than three months.
What are the symptoms of Sinusitis?
Common symptoms of sinusitis include:
- Thick, discolored discharge from the nose
- Drainage down the back of the throat
- Blocked or stuffy nose that causes difficulty breathing through the nose
- Reduced sense of smell and taste
- Inflammation of the nasal passages
- Pain, swelling, and tenderness around your eyes, cheeks, nose, or forehead
While the above are the most common symptoms, other symptoms might include:
- Ear pain
- Cough or throat clearing
- Sore throat
- Aching in your upper jaw and teeth
- Bad breath
When should you see a doctor?
You should see a doctor if you or someone you know has had sinusitis a number of times and the condition doesn’t respond to treatment. Having symptoms for more than 10 days or when symptoms don’t clear up after an initial doctor’s visits are other reasons to seek medical care.
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