Is it a Sinus Infection Symptom?
By Brian Benjamin Carter, MSci, LAc
Sinus "aching" pain or pressure is the chief
sinus infection symptom. This pain or pressure can be located
in various places- the infection sits in specific sinuses.
- If it's in the frontal sinuses, one sinus infection symptom
will be a frontal headache, a headache in the forehead
- If it's in the maxillary sinuses, your sinus infection symptom
will be pain along the upper teeth and cheekbones.
- If the infection centers in the ethmoidal sinuses, you'll
get pain behind the eyes as the chief sinus infection
- If the sinus infection sits in the sphenoid sinuses, you may
get a generalized pain that goes to the top of your head.
Sinus infection symptom pain can get worse:
- By bending forward
- In late morning
- When you chew
More nose-related sinus infection symptoms:
- Another sinus infection symptom is what is called foul
nasal discharge. That means it contains pus, may be green,
and smells nasty.
- Postnasal discharge is yet another sinus infection
symptom. This is when the mucus from the sinuses drains down
the back of your throat.
- Sinusitis (another name for sinus infection) can also lead
to a decreased, or loss of, sense of smell.
- Another sinus infection symptom is bad breath.
- Snoring can result from sinusitis.
- If your sinuses are totally plugged, you may be forced to
breathe through your mouth only.
- Nasal sounding speech can be another sinus infection
symptom - hold your nose and speak to see what that sounds like.
General sinus infection symptoms:
Along with sinusitis, you can get fatigue, and/or fever.
Of course, there are many other causes for these symptoms, but
they are normal with sinus infections.
Next is a list of red flag symptoms- these are not sinus infection
symptoms, but may signal something more serious. Get to a doctor
- High Fever
- Problems with your sight
- Orbital swelling or bruising
- Changes in your consciousness, awareness, or perception