Alternate Names : Sinus Infection
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
nasal and ear itching
tearing and eye itching
Viral sinusitis can cause the following symptoms:
fever and chills
muscle aches and joint pain
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
Bacterial sinusitis in children may cause:
green to yellow nasal discharge
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
Dry air sinusitis is often seen in the winter months and may cause:
yellow to slightly bloody crusting, especially in the front part of the nose
Aspirin sensitivity sinusitis may cause:
long-term facial pain
loss of smell
nasal polyps, which are growths that protrude from the mucous membrane
very thick, white or yellow nasal discharge