Sinus Infection

Time to see a doctor

Schedule a consultation with our healthcare providers if you experience:

  • Cold or allergy symptoms that don’t improve within 14 days
  • Fever (low-grade)
  • Cough that lasts longer than 10 days
  • Coughing up mucus that may be yellow or green
  • Thick, dark mucus coming from the nose
  • Feeling run-down or tired

If your symptoms persist

Sinusitis is a condition that can cause a stuffy nose, pain in the face, and discharge (mucus) from the nose. The sinuses are hollow areas in the bones of the face. They have a thin lining that normally makes a small amount of mucus. When this lining gets irritated or infected, it swells and makes extra mucus. This causes symptoms.

Sinusitis can occur when a person gets sick with a cold. The germs causing the cold can also infect the sinuses. Many times, a person feels like his or her cold is getting better. But then he or she gets sinusitis and begins to feel sick again.

SYMPTOMS

Common symptoms of sinusitis include:

  • Stuffy or blocked nose
  • Thick white, yellow, or green discharge from the nose
  • Pain in the teeth
  • Pain or pressure in the face – This often feels worse when a person bends forward.
  • People with sinusitis can also have other symptoms that include:
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Trouble smelling
  • Ear pressure or fullness
  • Headache
  • Bad breath
  • Feeling tired

Most of the time, symptoms start to improve in 7 to 10 days.

Causes

Sinusitis can stem from various factors, but it always results from fluid becoming trapped in the sinuses, allowing germs to grow. The most common cause is a virus, but a bacterial infection can also lead to sinusitis. Triggers can include allergies and asthma, as well as pollutants in the air, such as chemicals or other irritants.