Symptoms of Sinusitis


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

List of symptoms of Sinusitis: The list of symptoms mentioned in various sources for Sinusitis includes:

Symptoms of Sinusitis: 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. 1

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. 1

More symptoms of Sinusitis: In addition to the above information, to get a full picture of the possible symptoms of this condition and its related conditions, it may be necessary to examine symptoms that may be caused by complications of Sinusitis, underlying causes of Sinusitis, associated conditions for Sinusitis, risk factors for Sinusitis, or other related conditions.

Medical articles on symptoms: These general reference articles may be of interest:



Footnotes:
1. excerpt from Sinusitis, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID

Last revision: June 16, 2003

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