Learn the Key Symptoms of Sinusitis

As we mentioned before, symptoms of colds, allergies, and the flu can overlap, making it hard to know what’s actually ailing you. Similarly, many people can let a suspected cold drag on when in fact, they could be suffering from sinusitis.

Sinusitis is an inflammation of the sinuses usually caused by a viral infection – for example, a cold might cause irritation of the sinuses. However, if your symptoms last longer than 10 days, your cold may have developed into a bacterial infection, also known as acute rhinosinusitis.

Pain or tenderness around the eyes, cheeks, and forehead could indicate a sinus infection. (Photo courtesy University of Michigan Health Systems)

Persistent or chronic sinus infections may require the use of antibiotics; your first line of defense is to stay well hydrated to help thin mucus. Read about the most common symptoms of sinusitis below.

Five Symptoms of Sinusitis

  1. Having postnasal drip. The feeling that mucus is running down the back of your nose or accumulating in your throat is known as postnasal drip. This typically leads to a sore or scratchy throat or the sensation that there is a lump in the throat.
  2. Green or yellow mucus. This is a gross one – but an important one, too! Keep an eye on the color of mucus when you blow your nose. When you have a cold, mucus is typically thin and clear. If you notice that the mucus begins to thicken and develop a yellow or green color, this could be a sign that a bacterial sinus infection is forming.
  3. Feeling stuffy or congested. Sometimes, mucus from a sinus infection stays high up within the sinuses. You may not be able to blow your nose, but you will notice feeling stuffed up and congested. You also may notice a sensation of pressure, which can lead to…
  4. Headaches. Sinus pressure can cause sinus headaches, throbbing aches typically on the sides of the nose and near the eye sockets. People suffering from sinusitis may also notice teeth pain. The headaches and pain may feel more intense when you bend over or lie down.
  5. Running a fever. Your body is working hard to fight a sinus infection, so a fever may accompany your other symptoms.

If you’re experiencing these symptoms, visit your nearest MHM Urgent Care for quality medical attention.