The symptoms of
recurrent acute and chronic sinusitis are generally as follows:
- The symptoms tend to be vague and
generalized than acute sinusitis.
- The symptoms persist for a longer
period than four weeks.
- When symptoms last longer than four
weeks but less than three months, it is called subacute sinusitis.
lasts three months or more.
- When symptoms last longer than three
months, it is called chronic sinusitis.
- The symptoms appear throughout the
year and even during non-allergy seasons.
- Nasal congestion and obstruction.
- Chronic cough (day and night).
- Bad breath.
- Postnasal drip requiring repeated
- Tenderness or pressure in the face
may be present. Facial pain causing a dull and constant ache indicates
the infection is in the frontal sinuses.
specific to site
depend on the location of the infection:
- Frontal sinusitis causes pain across
the lower forehead.
- Maxillary sinusitis causes pain
over the cheeks and could extend to the teeth. The hard palate
in the mouth sometimes becomes swollen.
- Ethmoid sinusitis causes pain behind
the eyes. May sometimes cause redness and tenderness around the
top of the nose.
- Sphenoid sinusitis generally does
not occur by itself. Sphenoid sinusitis causes pain behind the
eyes, across the forehead, or in the face.