Font Size

Sinus Infection (cont.)

What are the symptoms of sinus infection (sinusitis)?

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

Acute Sinusitis Symptoms

  • Nasal congestion with discharge
  • Postnasal drip (mucus drips down the throat behind the nose) often accompanied by a sore throat
  • Pain across the cheekbone, under or around the eye, or around the upper teeth
  • Headache in the temple or surrounding or behind the eye
  • Pain or pressure symptoms are worse when coughing or straining
  • Fever is common
  • 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

Chronic Sinusitis Symptoms

Chronic sinusitis may have many of the same symptoms as acute sinusitis, but the symptoms last longer or are more severe. In addition, people with chronic sinusitis may also experience:

  • Pain that is worse in the late morning or when wearing glasses
  • Chronic sore throat and bad breath
  • Chronic toothache or increased tooth sensitivity
  • Increased facial discomfort throughout the day with increased cough at night
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/16/2015

Must Read Articles Related to Sinus Infection

Bronchitis (Chronic)
Bronchitis Bronchitis is acute or chronic inflammation of the air passages in the lungs. There are several viruses and bacteria that cause bronchitis. Exposure to pollutan...learn more >>
Colds The cold is the most commonly occurring illness in the entire world, with more than 1 billion colds per year reported in the United States alone. Symptoms and s...learn more >>
Coughs A cough is a symptom of an underlying disease or condition. A chronic or persistent cough may signal certain lung conditions that should be evaluated by a healt...learn more >>

Patient Comments & Reviews

The eMedicineHealth doctors ask about Sinus Infection:

Sinus Infection - Effective Treatments

What kinds of treatments have been effective for your sinus infection?

Sinus Infection - Signs and Symptoms

What signs and symptoms did you experience with your sinus infection?

Sinus Infection (Sinusitis) - Surgery

Please share your experience with sinus surgery.

Sinus Infection (Sinusitis) - Experience

Please share your experience with sinus infections or sinusitis.

Read What Your Physician is Reading on Medscape

Sinusitis, Acute »

Sinusitis is characterized by inflammation of the lining of the paranasal sinuses.

Read More on Medscape Reference »

Medical Dictionary