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      Category : Health Centers > Nose Diseases and Sinuses


Alternate Names : Sinus Infection

Sinusitis | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the signs and symptoms of the condition?

Symptoms of sinusitis vary, depending on the cause and type of sinusitis.

Acute allergic sinusitis may cause:

  • clear, watery discharge from both sides of the nose
  • mild coughing
  • nasal and ear itching
  • nasal congestion
  • sneezing
  • tearing and eye itching
  • Viral sinusitis can cause the following symptoms:

  • coughing
  • facial pain
  • fever and chills
  • muscle aches and joint pain
  • nasal congestion
  • nasal discharge
  • sore throat and hoarseness
  • Viral sinusitis will spontaneously resolve in 10 to 14 days. Sometimes an episode can last 21 days. Viral sinusitis is common in the fall, winter, and early spring.

    Bacterial sinusitis in adults can produce the following symptoms:

  • discolored nasal drainage
  • facial pain
  • headache
  • nasal congestion
  • Bacterial sinusitis in children may cause:

  • coughing
  • facial pain
  • facial swelling
  • fever
  • green to yellow nasal discharge
  • nasal congestion
  • The symptoms of bacterial sinusitis follow one of three patterns. The most common is symptoms that worsen over time. The second pattern is symptoms that last longer than 3 weeks. This is often described as a cold that won't go away. The third pattern is the sudden onset of severe upper respiratory symptoms.

    Cold air sinusitis may cause these symptoms:

  • clear nasal discharge
  • facial pressure
  • nasal congestion
  • sneezing
  • Dry air sinusitis is often seen in the winter months and may cause:

  • nasal congestion
  • yellow to slightly bloody crusting, especially in the front part of the nose
  • Aspirin sensitivity sinusitis may cause:

  • long-term facial pain
  • headaches
  • loss of smell
  • nasal polyps, which are growths that protrude from the mucous membrane
  • very thick, white or yellow nasal discharge

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    Sinusitis: Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors


    Sinusitis: Diagnosis & Tests

    Author: William Stevens, MD
    Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 07/13/01

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