What are the symptoms of sinusitis?

Woman wrapped up in bulky winter wear suffering from sinusitis symptoms and sneezing into a tissue outdoors

Sinusitis can bring out all sorts of symptoms, from blocked noses to headaches. And it doesn’t just affect your sinuses. Symptoms can also show in your throat, cheeks and ears – more’s the pity! Read on for more information about the condition so you can find out how to know if you have sinusitis.

Common sinusitis symptoms

You’ll usually find that your nose and the areas around it, such as your throat, forehead and cheeks, are most affected by sinusitis. The most typical signs of sinusitis include:

  • Swelling/tenderness/pain around the cheeks, eyes, forehead or nose.
  • Blocked nose, causing difficulty to breath.
  • Green/yellow mucus from the nose.
  • Postnasal drainage (down the back of the throat).
  • Sinus headache.
  • Reduced sense of smell and taste.
  • High temperature (38C or higher).

There are also some other, slightly rarer signs and symptoms of sinusitis to check for. Still asking yourself, ‘how do I know if I have sinusitis?’ then have a look at these symptoms.

Additional signs and symptoms of sinusitis

What are the symptoms of sinusitis

Sinusitis can affect your throat, ears, head and teeth. Other signs of sinusitis might also include:

  • Ache in the teeth or upper jaw.
  • Bad breath.
  • Sore throat.
  • Coughing or needing to clear the throat.
  • Ear pain.
  • Fatigue.

Sinusitis tends to clear up on its own in a couple of weeks, but you might want to try some home remedies to help relieve the symptoms and use a soft Cushelle tissue to wipe away any mucus.

Keep a box of Cushelle Tissues in each room of your home. They’re strong enough to stand up to any sneezing or blowing, but also kind on your nose – which is just what you need when you’re wiping it several times a day!

Chronic sinusitis symptoms

Although sinusitis typically gets better in around two to three weeks, it can last longer. When the sinuses are inflamed and swollen for three months or longer, it’s called chronic sinusitis. Symptoms are similar to acute sinusitis, but you don’t tend to have a fever with chronic sinusitis.

Now that you know all about sinusitis symptoms, and the difference between acute and chronic sinusitis, you can figure out if that’s what you’re suffering from. It’s advisable to see a medical professional if your symptoms are severe, they get worse or don’t improve after a week.

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