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What Causes Sinusitis?

In most cases, a common cold might be confused with a sinus infection. This is because some common cold symptoms are similar to those of sinusitis symptoms. Common symptoms include headache, nasal congestion, runny nose, and facial pain. Different from the common cold, a bacterial infection might cause signs of sinusitis. Symptoms caused by bacteria will be treated with antibiotics.

Aside from bacteria, sinusitis can be caused by fungi or inflammation of the linings of the nasal passages. In some cases, allergies or environmental factors may lead to the development of symptoms of sinusitis. Sinusitis that lasts between 4 and 12 weeks is referred to as acute sinusitis, while sinusitis that lasts more than 12 weeks is considered chronic.

What are the sinuses?

A sinus is an air-filled cavity. They can be found in several areas of the body, including

  • Behind the nose, just in front of the brain
  • Within the cheeks
  • Within the forehead and eyebrows

Sinusitis symptoms located near the brain can be dangerous to one’s life. If not treated in time, the infection can spread to the brain. If you experience sinusitis symptoms for more than ten days, you must seek medical attention.

Common Symptoms

The sinusitis symptoms that one faces may vary depending on the location of the infection. Some of the common symptoms include the following:

  • Congestion and stuffiness in the nose
  • Coughing
  • Pain in the teeth or upper jaw
  • Discolored nasal mucus
  • Tenderness of the face
  • Sinus pressure in some regions of the face, including forehead, nose, and eyes
  • Bad breath
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Headaches

When you experience some of these symptoms of sinusitis, it is essential that you immediately take action before it becomes chronic and causes a lot of discomfort. Visiting a doctor as early as possible is crucial to your health. Diagnosis will be made depending on the types of symptoms of sinusitis you are experiencing. Don’t delay your visit to the sinus specialist, call Sinus Solutions today, our phone number is 702-966-3100

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