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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    What are the symptoms of sinus infections?

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    A/Prof 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
    inflammation (swelling) or polyps in the middle meatus (main drainage area of the sinuses into the nose), 
    CT (CAT Scan) evidence of sinus mucosal swelling

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