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Symptoms of Acute Sinusitis

The symptoms are very much like during an attack of cold or flu, but in most of these cases they are due to the effects of the infecting virus and clear when the infection clears.

Differentiating between inflamed sinuses associated with cold or flu virus and sinusitis caused by a bacteria is important. With true,

The signs and symptoms during acute bacterial sinusitis typically are as follows:

  1. The symptoms continue for 10 or more days from the start of a cold or flu, or
  2. The symptoms get worse after five or seven days, or
  3. The symptoms reappear after showing signs of improvement in a cold.

Symptoms in Adults.

Symptoms of acute sinusitis include the following:

  1. Nasal congestion with thick discharge generally containing pus that is yellowish or yellow-green.
  2. Causes severe headache with pain or pressure in certain areas in the face. if the sinus infection occurs around the eyes, eyes may be red, bulging or painful. Sometimes causes double vision and even temporary loss of vision.
  3. Persistent cough generally during the day.
  4. Could be accompanied by fever.
  5. Fatigue caused by loss of rest.
  6. Does not respond to decongestants or antihistamines.

Sore throat, sneezing and muscle aches, though rarely caused by sinusitis itself, may be present. Muscle aches caused by fever, sore throat by post-nasal drip, and sneezing.

Symptoms in Children

They are less likely to experience facial pain and headache, which are the primarily the signs in adults. They are also very likely to develop infection in the ethmoid sinuses, which is located between the eyes.

Symptoms of bacterial sinusitis may not be as specific as in adults:

  1. Persistent nasal discharge and cough during the day lasting for more than 10 days, or
  2. Continuous severe symptoms that for at least three or four days including thick, greenish nasal discharge along with high fever of at least 102 degrees.
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