Welcome to allergy answers: sinus infection symptoms,
a simple step by step guide to the causes, symptoms and treatment of sinusitis
Sinus infection symptoms cause pain and misery to millions of adult and children sufferers every year.
Sinus infection ( sinusitis) may include many or all of these syptoms:
Severe sinus infection symptoms can be acute, subacute or chronic with many cases of sinus infection recurring several times each year.
Sinus Infection Symptoms - Common Questions
What are the sinuses?
Sinuses are small air-filled passageways and air pockets within bone and tissue. Sinuses that develop sinusitis are the paranasal sinuses - a group of four types of sinus within the head. These are the maxillary sinuses beneath the eyes, the frontal sinuses within the lower forehead, the ethmoid sinuses between the eyes and nose and the sphenoid sinuses at the skull base.
How do sinuses become infected?
The air filled sinuses also contain a mucus which drains into the nasal cavity through small passages called Ostia. These passages can become inflamed as a result of allergic reactions and viral infections such as the flu become easily blocked. Once blocked the mucus is unable able to drain into the nasal passage and sinus infection occurs. Maxillary sinus infection symptoms are the most common.
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What are the symptoms of sinusitis?
There are several sinus infection symptoms including any combination of: blocked nose, facial pain, headache, general illness, thick green or yellow nasal discharge, a tight or full feeling in the face, dizziness, night-time coughing, aching teeth, bad breath, wheezing, and reduced sense of smell. These symptoms can have many other causes and if they persist or get worse, it is always advisable to be see your family doctor.
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What are the complications of sinusitis?
Severe sinus infection symptoms can result as complications of the original infection. Because the brain is very close to the sinuses, there is a real danger of infection spreading to the brain through blood vessels and neighbouring bone, causing abscesses, meningitis and in extreme cases, personality changes, visual problems, seizure, coma and possible death.
Sinus infection treatments
Treatment of sinus infection symptoms includes decongestant, nasal flushes, antibiotics, steroids and surgery.
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The Paranasal Sinuses
1. Frontal sinuses... 2. Ethmoid sinuses
3. Sphenoid sinuses... 4. Maxillary sinuses