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    What are the symptoms of sinus infections?

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    Dr Larry Kalish

    Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) Surgeon

    The common symptoms of sinusitis are a combination of 2 or more of the following:

    • Nasal obstruction (blocked nose)
    • Purulent rhinorrhea (discolored nasal discharge from the front of your nose)
    • Purulent post nasal discharge (discolored discharge going down into your throat)
    • Facial pressure (pressure sensation over your cheeks, between your eyes, over your eyebrows and behind the eyes - this is usually a pressure and rarely a true pain)
    • Hyposmia (reduced sense of smell)
     
    There may be other symptoms such as:
    • Cough
    • Halitosis (bad breath)
    • Fever
    • Lethargy / fatigue
    • Dental pain
    • Ear fullness or pressure

    To make the diagnosis a patient has to have at least 2 of the main symptoms together with
    EITHER
    inflammation (swelling) or polyps in the middle meatus (main drainage area of the sinuses into the nose), 
    OR
    CT (CAT Scan) evidence of sinus mucosal swelling

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