Signs that tell you have sinus infection

Often sinus infection or sinusitis is ignored thinking as common cold. If not treated on time, it can get really painful.

Sinuses are hollow cavities in the skull connecting to the nose allowing free exchange of air and mucous. When these cavities are infected by virus, bacteria or fungi, the sinus lining get inflamed, swollen and red, or small growths in the lining called nasal polyps develop blocking the air passages. This results in severe pain around the head and face disrupting normal breathing. This condition is called sinusitis or sinus infection.

Every year millions of people get sinusitis and mostly are those who have some allergies, asthma, structural nasal blockages, or weak immune system. Sinusitis, once diagnose can be cured with antibiotics or even surgery that is done as the last resort.

Signs that tell you have sinus and need to see the doctor:

  • Pain between the eyes, forehead, around nose, earaches, toothaches, pain in upper jaws and cheeks
  • Stuffy nose for more than a week with yellow-green or blood tinged discharge
  • Severe headache
  • Continuous cough for a long period that gets worse at night
  • Congestion as inflamed sinuses restrict your breathing through nose
  • Painful sore throat for more than a week
  • Bad breath
  • Reduced sense of smell and taste
  • Fatigue
  • Fever may or may not occur

Do not be careless with the disease if the above symptoms persist. Also don’t try your own medications at home for over a week. Get checked, if ignored, the infection can become really serious as it can even spread to air passages (sinus) near your brain.

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