Sinusitis Symptom
Updated September 16, 2004





Are You Having a Sinusitis Symptom?
by Brian Benjamin Carter, MS, LAc

Brian is the founder of the Pulse of Oriental Medicine. He teaches at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and maintains a private practice in San Diego, California, and is the author of Powerful Body, Peaceful Mind: How to Heal Yourself with Foods, Herbs, and Acupressure.

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 sinusitis symptom will be a frontal headache, a headache in the forehead area.
  • If it's in the maxillary sinuses, your 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 symptom.
  • If the sinusitis sits in the sphenoid sinuses, you may get a generalized pain that goes to the top of your head.

Sinusitis symptom pain can get worse:

  • By bending forward
  • In late morning
  • When you chew

More nose-related symptoms:

  • Another sinusitis symptom is what is called foul nasal discharge. That means it contains pus, may be green, and smells nasty.
  • Postnasal discharge is yet another. This is when the mucus from the sinuses drains down the back of your throat.
  • Sinusitis can also lead to a decreased, or loss of, sense of smell.
  • Another 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 sinusitis symptom - hold your nose and speak to see what that sounds like.

General 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 sinusitiss.

Here's a list of red flag symptoms- these are not sinusitis symptoms, but may signal something more serious. Get to a doctor ASAP.

  • High Fever
  • Problems with your sight
  • Orbital swelling or bruising
  • Changes in your consciousness, awareness, or perception

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