Sinusitis is a sinus infection that occurs when your nasal cavities become inflamed and swollen. Usually, this condition results from a virus and often occurs even after other upper respiratory symptoms have passed. In some rare cases, bacteria or fungus may result in a sinus infection. Other issues that may result in sinusitis include a deviated septum, tooth infection, nasal polyps and allergies.
Chronic vs. Acute Sinusitis
Sinusitis can be categorized into two general categories: acute or chronic.
Acute sinusitis only lasts for a short period of time. Acute infections are typically part of allergies or a cold. A chronic sinus infection lasts for a period longer than eight weeks, or they continue to occur again and again.
Many symptoms of a sinus infection are seen in both chronic and acute forms. Making an appointment with your ENT specialists in Florida the best way to determine if you have a sinus infection. They can identify the cause and prescribe the proper treatment.
Pain is considered the most common symptom of sinusitis.
There are several sinuses below and above your eyes and behind your nose. Any or all of these areas may hurt when you are suffering a sinus infection.
Swelling and inflammation may cause your sinuses to ache due to dull pressure. As a result, you may experience pain in your forehead, or on each side of your nose, in between your eyes, and in your teeth and upper jaws. All this pain and pressure may result in a headache.
When you are suffering from a sinus infection, you may find you have to blow your nose more often than usual, and that you have yellowish-green discharge.
This is produced by the sinuses that are infected and it drains into the nasal passages.
In some cases, the discharge produced may bypass your nose and, as a result, flow down your throat. This can cause an itch or tickle in the back of your throat. This is referred to as postnasal drip and may result in you coughing at night when you are lying down.
As mentioned before, the relentless swelling and pressure in your sinuses can result in headache symptoms.
Sinus pain may also result in pain in your cheeks and jaws, toothaches, and earaches. Many sinus headaches are at their worst due to fluids collecting throughout the night. The headache you have may also become worse if the temperature changes all of the sudden.
The discharge from your sinuses can drain into the back of your throat and cause irritation.
This may lead to an annoying and persistent cough. As a result, it makes getting a full night’s sleep difficult. In some cases, sitting upright can help reduce the intensity and frequency of your coughing spells.
Is it Time to See Your ENT Doctor?
If you have a fever or the symptoms above that lasts for weeks or that continues to come back, then you need to make an appointment with your doctor.
A fever is not a usual symptom of acute or chronic sinusitis, but it is a possibility. You may have an underlying issue that has caused the infection, which means you need medical treatment. An ENT in Florida can help diagnose your issue and help you find a safe and effective treatment. Contact us today to learn more.