Sinusitis is an illness that often accompanies other common illnesses such as the common cold. In fact, many “colds” can lead to sinus infections or sinusitis. This happens because sinuses or nasal passages become irritated and swollen, allowing fluid to build up. The feeling of pressure that many complain about with sinusitis happens when these passages become swollen or fill with fluid.
In most cases, acute sinusitis is NOT bacterial and can be treated with over-the-counter medication. On occasion, if a bacterial infection does develop, further medical attention may be needed along with antibiotics. It is often difficult to tell the difference between acute sinusitis and one involving a bacterial infection without medical evaluation.
Below are some common symptoms:
- Pain, pressure or tenderness around eyes, nose, forehead and cheeks.
- Ear pressure or pain
- Eye pain
- Jaw/teeth pain
- Drainage, may be thick and yellow
- Nasal congestion
- Cough due to drainage
Treatment can include saline nasal spray, OTC decongestants, acetaminophen, ibuprofen.
If symptoms worsen or don’t resolve within a week or two; or are accompanied by a fever – seek medical attention.