Symptoms of Sinus Infections

By: pilkster
Sinus infections can be brought on by colds and even allergies, but many of us do not realize we have an infection and tend not to treat it as such. Not properly treating a sinus infection can cause us undue pain and suffering when all we need is antibiotics.

Understanding the signs and symptoms of a sinus infection can help us know when we need to seek medical advice, however, the symptoms vary according to what sinuses are infected and if the infection is acute or chronic.

Symptoms of an acute sinus infection or sinusitis for behind the eyes in the Ethmoid sinuses are:
* nasal congestion with mucus dripping down the throat
* pain around the corners of the eye or down just one side of your nose
* headache around the eyes or in the temple
* pain when coughing or when lying on your back

Symptoms of an acute sinus infection or sinusitis for behind the cheekbones in the Maxillary sinuses are:
* pain in the cheekbones, around or under the eyes or even in the your upper teeth
* sore, tender, or swollen cheekbones
* pain increases when you hold your head up and the pain eases when lying down
* nasal congestion with mucus dripping down the throat
* fever is common

Symptoms of an acute sinus infection or sinusitis for behind the forehead in the Frontal sinuses are:
* Severe headache in your forehead
* fever is common
* pain is worse when lying down
* nasal congestion with mucus dripping down the throat

Symptoms of an acute sinus infection or sinusitis for behind the eyes in the Sphenoid sinuses are:
* Strong headache with pain in the back and on top of the head, behind the eyes and across the forehead
* Fever is common
* Pain intensifies when lying down or bending forward
* Vision problems or double vision
* nasal congestion with mucus dripping down the throat

Symptoms of a chronic sinus infection or sinusitis for behind the eyes in the Ethmoid sinuses are:
* Constant or severe nasal congestion with pain across the bridge of the nose
* Pain is more noticeable in the late morning or if you wear glasses
* Severe sore throat
* Bad breath
* Normally comes back in other sinus cavities

Symptoms of a chronic sinus infection or sinusitis for behind the cheekbones in the Maxillary sinuses are:
* Pain below one eye or both
* Severe tooth pain
* Pain increases with flu, allergies or colds
* Pain increases during the day
* Cough at night

Symptoms of a chronic sinus infection or sinusitis for behind the forehead in the Frontal sinuses are:
* Constant minor headache in the forehead
* A history of damage to the sinus area

Symptoms of a chronic sinus infection or sinusitis for behind the eyes in the Sphenoid sinuses are:
* Minor overall general headache
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