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Sinus Infection (Sinusitis): Symptoms and Diagnosis

    It’s a condition in which the cavities around the nasal passages become inflamed. It is most common and can be seen more than 10 million cases per year in India.

    Acute sinusitis infection can be triggered by a allergies or cold and may cure on its own. Chronic sinusitis infection lasts up to eight weeks and may be caused by a growths or infection.
    Symptoms include facial pain, headache, nasal congestion and runny nose. Acute sinusitis infections usually don’t require any treatment beyond symptomatic relief with pain medications, nasal saline rinses and nasal decongestants. Chronic sinusitis may require antibiotics.


    Sinus infection symptoms, whether acute or chronic, frequently develop during times of severe or after a cold or ongoing allergic rhinitis symptoms. The most common sign of sinusitis is a painful pressure in the forehead and cheeks. Other symptoms include:

    • Cough
    • Thick yellow-green nasal discharge
    • Postnasal drip, often with a bad taste
    • Toothache
    • Congestion

    In cases of acute sinusitis, a fever may develop.

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    Allergy investigations performed by an immunologist / allergist can identify what type of allergic triggers might be behind your chronic or reoccurring sinusitis infections.

    In chronic or complicated cases, your doctor may also examine your nasal passages using a technique called nasal endoscopy or rhinoscopy. In this procedure, a thin, flexible instrument is inserted up the nostril to view the sinus passages and look for blockages.

    Our doctor may order a CT scan or MRI scan to look for abnormalities in the sinuses – polyps or a deviated septum, narrow drainage passages.

    Make an appointment booking with your doctor immediately if you have: a pain, redness on the cheek or around the eye, fever or swelling in the face or eye, severe headaches, confusion or a stiff neck.

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