What is sinusitis?
Sinusitis in the inflammation of the sinus cavity that is caused by either a viral or bacterial infection. This usually occurs when excess mucus develops or there is a blockage to the sinuses. The infection by the virus or bacteria produces an inflammatory response where blood rushes to the nose and carries inflammatory cells to fight the infection. This causes your sinuses to swell.
What are the symptoms?
A stuffed nose is the primary sign of a sinus infection.
Yellow or green mucus
Instead of seeing clear mucus, there can be yellow or green discharge from the nose or throat.
Loss of sense of taste or smell
You may still be able to distinguish sweet and salty fare, but most detailed tastes and smells are hard to distinguish.
Pain or pressure
The accumulation of mucus when you have a sinus infection puts pressure on your nerves. That’s why you’ll often have a painful, heavy feeling at your nasal bones, cheeks, eyes and behind the forehead.
Cough with phlegm
Coughing up phlegm is one of the main symptoms of a sinus infection. Most often it gets worse at night and in the morning because your sinuses drain down the back of your throat while laying down.
Additional symptoms include
- Tooth pain
- Loss of balance
- Headaches or body aches
If you’ve been experiencing symptoms for 7-10 days, you should speak with a doctor to find out if antibiotics are necessary.
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