Symptoms of a Sinus Infection
A stuffy nose may occur after a nose injury and may block the drainage of a sinus. As the fluid builds up, pressure on the sinus increases, causing pain. The blocked sinus may lead to a sinus infection.
Symptoms of a sinus infection include:
- Moderate to severe sinus pain that gets worse when you strain, cough, or bend over.
- Swelling around the eyes.
- Thick yellow or green nasal discharge.
- Trouble breathing through the nose.
- Nasal-sounding voice.
- A general feeling of not being well (malaise).
- A cough caused by drainage down the back of the throat (postnasal drip).
- Bad breath (more common in children).
- Reduced senses of taste and smell.
Medical treatment for a sinus infection includes medicines to:
- Treat the infection and prevent infection from spreading.
- Improve breathing.
- Reduce tissue swelling.
- Relieve pain.
- Maintain mucous drainage.
- Prevent scar tissue in the nose and sinuses.
An untreated sinus infection can lead to serious complications.
Current as of: November 14, 2014
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & David Messenger, MD