Sinus Problems

If you have:

  • nasal congestion

  • facial pressure

  • cough and thick nasal discharge

you may have chronic sinusitis.

 

Your sinuses are hollow cavities within your cheekbones, around your eyes and behind your nose. They contain mucus, which helps warm, moisten and filter the air you breathe. When something blocks the mucus from draining normally, an infection can occur. 

 

Acute sinusitis refers to sinusitis symptoms lasting less than four weeks.

 

Chronic sinusitis is diagnosed when symptoms have gone on for more than several months, despite medical treatment.

 

What are the symptoms of chronic sinusitis? 

  • A runny nose. The discharge may be greenish and/or yellow.

  • A reduced sense of smell

  • A feeling of facial fullness or facial pain

  • Chronic headaches

  • Chronic bad breath

  • A feeling that you have a toothache

  • Chronic cough 

  • A feeling of pressure or fullness in the ears

  • Chronic exhaustion

 

People with allergies may be more likely to suffer from chronic sinusitis. 

Other causes of sinusitis include infection, deviated nasal septum, nasal polyps or in rare cases an immune system deficiency.