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Sinus Infection (cont.)

Sinus Infection Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of sinus infections depend upon which sinuses are affected and whether the sinus infection is acute or chronic.

Acute sinusitis:

  • Ethmoid sinusitis (behind the eyes)
    • Nasal congestion with discharge
    • Postnasal drip (mucus drips down the throat behind the nose) often accompanied by a sore throat
    • Pain or pressure around the inner corner of the eye or down one side of the nose
    • Headache in the temple, or surrounding or behind the eye
    • Pain or pressure symptoms are worse when coughing, straining, or lying on the back and better when the head is upright
    • Fever is common
  • Maxillary sinusitis (behind the cheek bones)
    • Pain across the cheekbone, under or around the eye, or around the upper teeth
    • Pain or pressure on one or both sides of the face
    • Tender, red, or swollen cheekbone (maxilla)
    • Pain and pressure symptoms are worse with the head upright and bending forward and better when reclining
    • Nasal discharge or postnasal drip
    • Fever is common
  • Frontal sinusitis (behind forehead, one or both sides)
    • Severe headaches in the forehead
    • Fever is common
    • Pain is worse when reclining and better with the head upright
    • Nasal discharge or postnasal drip
  • Sphenoid sinusitis (behind the eyes)
    • Deep headache with pain behind and on top of the head, across the forehead, and behind the eye
    • Fever is common
    • Pain is worse when lying on the back or bending forward
    • Double vision or vision disturbances if pressure extends into the brain
    • Nasal discharge or postnasal drip

Chronic sinusitis:

  • Ethmoid sinusitis
    • Chronic nasal discharge, obstruction, and low-grade discomfort across the bridge of the nose
    • Pain is worse in the late morning or when wearing glasses
    • Chronic sore throat and bad breath
  • Maxillary sinusitis
    • Discomfort or pressure below the eye
    • Chronic toothache or increased tooth sensitivity
    • Pain possibly worse with colds, flu, or allergies
    • Increased discomfort throughout the day with increased cough at night
  • Frontal sinusitis
    • Persistent, low-grade headache in the forehead
    • History of trauma or damage to the sinus area
    • Chronic postnasal drip
  • Sphenoid sinusitis
    • Low-grade general headache is common
    • Chronic postnasal drip

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/13/2014

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