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Sinus Infection Symptoms

Sinus infection, or sinusitis, is an inflammation of the sinuses and nasal passages due to infection from bacterial, fungal, viral, allergic or autoimmune issues.

Sinusitis is one of the common conditions that can afflict a person. The most common cause of sinusitis is irritation of the nasal passages by environmental pollens. A simple sinus spray can treat sinusitis by killing the bacteria and the microbes causing sinusitis.

Here are few common symptoms of sinus infection or sinusitis:

  • A feeling of pain or pressure in the eyes, nose, cheek area or on one side of the head
  • Running nose with thick nasal secretions
  • Headache increased when lean forward
  • Sinus drainage that can be greenish-yellow in color or even bloody
  • Chills and fever
  • Bad breath
  • Nausea or upset stomach
  • Blocked nose or a feeling of stiff nose, especially at the night time
  • Cough
  • Poor sense of smell or taste
  • Ear pain
  • Sore throat
  • General malaise

Acute Sinusitis Symptoms:

  • Facial pain/pressure
  • Loss of smell
  • Nasal discharge
  • Nasal stuffiness
  • Cough/congestion
  • Dental pain
  • Bad breath
  • Fatigue
  • Fever

Subacute Sinusitis Symptoms: If a person is not treated for the acute sinusitis for nearly 4 weeks, the subacute condition arises and persists for another 8 weeks. The symptoms of this condition are less severe than acute sinusitis, with fever not considered here as a major factor. While diagnosing this condition in adults, physicians use the symptoms of chronic sinusitis however.

Chronic Sinusitis Symptoms:

  • Gradual onset of symptoms
  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Aches
  • Tiredness
  • Morning headache
  • Severe headache
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Chronic cough
  • Sinus pain
  • Watering eyes
  • Tenderness over sinus region
  • Bad breath
  • Recurrent sore throats

Sinus Infections Symptoms in Children:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Cough
  • Yellow or green nasal drainage
  • Facial pain or facial pressure
  • Swelling around the eyes
  • Congestion
  • Sneezing attacks

Facts and Statistics on Sinusitis:

  • Nearly 31 million Americans suffer from chronic sinusitis according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • The prevalence rate of this disease is nearly 1 in 7 or 13.6 percent of the total population.
  • There is no accurate data available for the number of more common acute sinusitis cases.
  • Acute sinusitis can result in brain infection in very rare occasions.
  • According to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, there are 15 billion doctor visits for diagnosing sinus infection symptoms and more than 200,000 sinus surgical procedures to treat chronic sinusitis infection every year.
  • An estimated 6 billion dollars are spent every year to address the menace of sinusitis.

2 responses to Sinus Infection Symptoms

  1. Hi.

    Recognizing the symptoms is huge but the next step is developing good habits! Check out nasal rinses and even a neti pot to start keeping things clean and clear. It will pay off huge both short and long term!

    I come from a long line of sinus sufferers and collectively we’ve tried just about everything — changes in diet, accupuncture, rinses, neti pot, balloon sinuplasty, you name it.

    But one thing we all agree on is the importance of keeping those nasal passages clean!

  2. I found some stuff that kills fungus and bacteria that you really ought to try. You just spray it in your nose and WOW, it got rid of my nasty sinus infection in about a week. I had tried antibiotics that were specifically prescribed for my sinusitis and I also tried a neti pot (yuk) but just couldn’t get this sinus infection to quit. So I did a search and found this stuff (Sinus Relief) from Nature’s Rite. The only problem is that you have to spray it every 30 minutes. I thought, hey, what the heck, it’s worth a try and every 30 minutes isn’t too bad. I was really surprised how well it worked so I bought their sinus support too. It’s been a good moisturizer with calendula and aloe. It’s herbal ya know. I like herbal stuff. So anyway, you should try this for your sinusitis. It won’t make you have a yeast infection after-words like some antibiotics do. 

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