Symptoms of Sinusitis & How To Prevent It

Sinusitis is a fairly common illness that affects everyone during various seasons of the year. It’s caused by the common cold, where the sinuses become swollen and inflamed. Sinusitis can be accompanied by having trouble breathing through your nose and your face feeling slightly swollen. You might also have a headache or pain from pressure in your sinuses. Common sinusitis can last anywhere from a week to ten days.

Some symptoms you might experience:

  • Greenish, yellow, and thick mucus when you blow your nose. You’ll probably experience postnasal drainage as well.
  • Nose congestion where you have trouble breathing through one or both of your nostrils.
  • Pressure, tenderness, swelling, and pain in the forehead, cheeks, nose, or eyes that will get worse when you bend over.
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  • Other symptoms include:
    • Coughing, bad breath, and your teeth aching
    • Headaches and pressure in the ears
    • The sense of smell is altered
    • Feeling fatigued
    • Having a fever

Sinusitis can be cured with simple rest and fluids, but if you experience any of the following, it is imperative that you seek medical attention:

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  • Your fever is persistent or spikes
  • The symptoms last longer than the normal 10 days
  • The symptoms get worse after it seems like everything is clearing up.
  • You’re feeling confused and “out of it”
  • There’s pain redness, and/or swelling around your eyes
  • Your vision suffers because of double vision or other issues.
  • You have a stiff neck that won’t go away.

Those who might be at risk of sinusitis:

  • People who have allergies or hay fever which affect your sinuses
  • People who are exposed to smoke whether from themselves or secondhand
  • A nasal passage abnormality or deformity such as a deviated nasal septum
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How to prevent sinusitis:

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  • Keep on top of your allergies. Consult with your doctor to see what you can do.
  • Stay away from cigarette smoke or any other polluted air that could inflame your nasal passages and lungs.
  • Set up a humidifier if your home uses forced-air or if the air is dry in general. Moist air can be very beneficial to help keep the sinuses open.

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