How to Spot a Sinus Infection

How to Spot a Sinus Infection

Sinus infections are incredibly uncomfortable and even painful, causing swollen and inflamed nasal cavities along with a whole other host of symptoms that can disrupt a person’s everyday routine. These infections can be caused by a virus, bacteria, or even fungus, though this tends to be a rarity. Allergies, nasal polyps, and tooth infections can also contribute to sinus pain and symptoms.

Here are the signs and symptoms you should be aware of:

  • Pain in the sinuses: This is one of the most common symptoms of a sinus infection. The inflammation and swelling can cause your sinuses to ache, which can result in pain in your forehead, on either side of your nose, in your upper jaws and teeth, and even between your eyes.
  • Nasal discharge: If you have a sinus infection, you might find that you have to blow your nose more often than usual due to discharge. This discharge can be cloudy, yellow, or green. This discharge can bypass the nose and drain down the back of your throat, causing a ticklish, itchy, or sore throat. This postnasal drip can also make you cough at night while you are trying to sleep, or in the morning after you get out of bed.
  • Nasal congestion: Sinus infections can also make you feel stuffy due to nasal congestion caused by swollen sinuses.
  • Irritated throat and cough: This is more common if you let an infection go on untreated for a prolonged amount of time. You will experience a persistent cough, which will worsen when lying down, making it difficult to have a restful night of sleep.
  • Hoarse voice: If your sinus infection continues for a few weeks or more, the mucus can inflame your throat, which will cause your voice to sound hoarse.

If you experience any of the aforementioned symptoms, it is crucial to see a doctor. There might be an underlying condition that is causing your infection and could require special treatment.

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