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Acute Sinusitis

Acute Sinusitis

Acute Sinusitis

When the hollow areas around your nasal passage (sinuses) swells up or becomes irritated it could be because you’ve got acute sinusitis or acute rhinosinusitis. This condition causes mucus to build up in your sinuses, making it difficult to breathe through your nose. The area around your eyes may feel stuffy and you may experience pain or a headache. The common cold is often the culprit responsible for inflamed sinuses. Allergies and bacterial or fungal infections can also be a cause. Your doctor will determine the cause and prescribe the relevant treatment. Home remedies like steam inhalation may often be all that's needed for you to feel better. If the symptoms persist it is best to see a doctor without delay because long-term sinusitis can lead to infections and other complications.

Signs and symptoms

  • A thick, yellow or greenish discharge from the nose or throat
  • Congestion that makes it difficult to breathe through your nose
  • Pain, tenderness, swelling and pressure around your eyes, cheeks, nose or forehead
  • Reduced sense of smell and taste
  • Cough, which may be worse at night
  • Ear pain
  • Headache
  • Aching in your upper jaw and teeth
  • Bad breath (halitosis)
  • Fever

When to see a doctor

While it is possible to get over acute sinusitis through self care you should see your doctor if:

  • Symptoms don't improve in a few days
  • Symptoms get worse
  • You have a persistent fever
  • You have a history of recurrent or chronic sinusitis

See a doctor immediately if you have signs or symptoms that may indicate a serious infection:

  • Pain or swelling around your eyes
  • Swollen forehead
  • Severe headache
  • Confusion
  • Double vision or other vision changes
  • Stiff neck
  • Shortness of breath

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