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Symptoms of Sinusitis

Symptoms of Sinusitis: Introduction

The way that sinusitis affects people can vary, but typical symptoms include headache, pain or pressure in the face or area in and around the eyes, greenish nasal discharge, swelling around the nose and eyes and eyelids and fatigue. Pain and headache may be worse when bending over or lying down. Symptoms can also resemble a toothache in the upper jaw.

The sinusitis progresses, inflammation can cause enough swelling of the sinuses to close them off, leading to a stuffy nose and difficulty breathing through the nose. Fever may also occur.

If sinusitis is not diagnosed and treated promptly, it can lead to serious, potentially life-threatening complications. The infection can spread from the sinuses into the brain, resulting in meningitis or a brain abscess. Symptoms of these complications include severe headache, fever, stiff neck, seizures, coma, and change in consciousness....more about Sinusitis »

Symptoms of Sinusitis

The list of signs and symptoms mentioned in various sources for Sinusitis includes the 45 symptoms listed below:

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Sinusitis, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID (Excerpt)

You're coughing and sneezing and tired and achy. You think that you might be getting a cold. Later, when the medicines you've been taking to relieve the symptoms of the common cold are not working and you've now got a terrible headache, you finally drag yourself to the doctor. After listening to your history of symptoms, examining your face and forehead, and perhaps doing a sinus X-ray, the doctor says you have sinusitis. (Source: excerpt from Sinusitis, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID)

Sinusitis, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID (Excerpt)

The location of your sinus pain depends on which sinus is affected.

  • Headache when you wake up in the morning is typical of a sinus problem.
  • Pain when your forehead over the frontal sinuses is touched may indicate that your frontal sinuses are inflammed.
  • Infection in the maxillary sinuses can cause your upper jaw and teeth to ache and your cheeks to become tender to the touch.
  • Since the ethmoid sinuses are near the tear ducts in the corner of the eyes, inflammation of these cavities often causes swelling of the eyelids and tissues around your eyes, and pain between your eyes. Ethmoid inflammation also can cause tenderness when the sides of your nose are touched, a loss of smell, and a stuffy nose.
  • Although the sphenoid sinuses are less frequently affected, infection in this area can cause earaches, neck pain, and deep aching at the top of your head.
Most people with sinusitis, however, have pain or tenderness in several locations, and their symptoms usually do not clearly indicate which sinuses are inflamed.

Other symptoms of sinusitis can include
  • Fever
  • Weakness
  • Tiredness
  • A cough that may be more severe at night
  • Runny nose (rhinitis) or nasal congestion
In addition, the drainage of mucus from the sphenoids or other sinuses down the back of your throat (postnasal drip) can cause you to have a sore throat. Mucus drainage also can irritate the membranes lining your larynx (upper windpipe). Not everyone with these symptoms, however, has sinusitis.

On rare occasions, acute sinusitis can result in brain infection and other serious complications. (Source: excerpt from Sinusitis, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID)

Sinusitis as a Cause of Symptoms or Medical Conditions

When considering symptoms of Sinusitis, it is also important to consider Sinusitis as a possible cause of other medical conditions. The Disease Database lists the following medical conditions that Sinusitis may cause:

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The symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible signs and symptoms of Sinusitis. This signs and symptoms information for Sinusitis has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of Sinusitis signs or Sinusitis symptoms. Furthermore, signs and symptoms of Sinusitis may vary on an individual basis for each patient. Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of any signs or symptoms and whether they are indeed Sinusitis symptoms.


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