Symptoms of sinusitis – possible signs of inflammation of the sinuses

Some common symptoms of sinusitis are headache and facial pain near the affected sinus, which might indicate that the sinuses are inflamed. A person should consult with their healthcare provider if they are experiencing any of these symptoms.

A sense of pressure and impaired sense of smell

A strong pressure over the forehead and cheekbones is a typical symptom. This feeling is worse when you cough, sneeze and bend down. Often the symptoms are limited to one side of the head. The affected areas can swell up over the specific sinuses. Many patients find their sense of smell to be perceptibly limited, and they complain of unpleasant mucus flowing all the time from the nose to the back of the throat.

Blocked nose

Difficulty breathing through your nose – caused by swelling of the nasal mucous membranes – can be a sign of sinusitis. Patients complain of a blocked nose, and they often also have thick mucus. Nasal mucus can be yellowish-green. As sinusitis is often associated with flu, patients may also have a cough, sore throat, fever and other symptoms of a cold.

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