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RELIEF FROM NASAL CONGESTION - NASAL DISCHARGE - HEADACHE - LOSS OF SMELL

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SINUSITIS SYMPTOMS

 

  • Sinus infection symptoms checker: Nasal Congestion

    NASAL CONGESTION

     

    Nasal congestion occurs due to the blockage of nasal passages, causing a 'stuffy nose'.

  • Sinus infection symptoms checker: Nasal discharge

    NASAL DISCHARGE

    (anterior/posterior nasal drip)

    Nasal discharge is when the nasal cavity is filled with mucus. It's usually known as 'runny nose'.

  • Sinus infection checker: Facial Pain

    FACIAL PAIN

     

    When sinuses are blocked, pressure increases significantly and produces facial pain.

  • Sinus symptoms checker: Loss of Smell

    LOSS OF SMELL

     

    Occasionally, when the sinuses are acutely inflamed or blocked, it may affect the sense of smell.

More information about sinusitis

The Nose, the Sinuses, and Sinus Infection

When you are healthy, both mucus and air travel freely through the communication channels between the sinuses and the nose. But when this unobstructed flow stops, problems appear. For example, the mucous membrane of the nose swells and becomes inflamed, blocking the nose. Mucus gets stranded in the paranasal sinuses and this unwanted gathering of the mucus encourages the growth of bacteria that causes infection.

Common cold and Sinusitis

Do you know that even diseases mimic each other? For example, the common cold is generally confused with sinus infection because of many common symptoms, including severe nasal congestion. Therefore, while is good to know, self-medication is not advisable. To find out whether your symptoms are 'mimicking' sinusitis or are truly caused by sinusitis, consult your physician.

Sinusitis Classification

The sinusitis family has four types, depending on the duration of the symptoms:

Type of Sinusitis Duration of symptoms
Acute Up to 4 weeks
Sub Acute 4 weeks to 12 weeks
Chronic Over 12 weeks
Recurrent Many times in a year

 

What causes Sinusitis?

Remember, more than one organism and factor can infect and disturb your sinuses:

  • Viruses, the most common cause
  • Bacteria
  • Fungi
  • Allergies
  • Structural abnormalities of the nasal cavity can also choke the communication channels connecting the nose and the sinuses, allowing infection to develop. For example, a spur in the nasal bone, polyps in the nose, and/or deviated nasal septum may plug the sinus opening.