What is sinusitis?

Sinusitis is an inflammation or infection of the lining of one or more air-filled cavities around the sinuses.


Sinuses are normally sterile and self-cleaning. Mucus drains freely from the sinuses through narrow holes into the nasal cavities. Air passes through these small holes as well. But a common cold or pharyngitis, allergies, an anatomical abnormality or, infrequently, an infected tooth, can lead to sinusitis. There is an infection pansinusitis and here areĀ  its symptoms and treatment options.


  • Facial pains or pressure especially near affected sinuses.
  • Nasal congestion and discharge (could be green, yellow, sometimes blood tinged)
  • Headache
  • Fever (sometimes)
  • Cheek pain that may resemble toothache
  • In the later stages, complete blockage of the sinus openings, blocking the discharge and increasing pain.
  • More

How long does it last?

The infection may be acute or chronic.

  • Acute sinusitis usually lasts about 3 weeks and is associated with colds or pharyngitis.
  • Chronic sinusitis lasts longer, often 3 months or more, and is associated with allergies, anatomical abnormalities and repeated or untreated acute infections.


  • If you are given a prescription, take the medication as directed. Finish the entire prescription.
  • Drink plenty of liquids (water, juices).
  • Use a humidifier to loosen congestion.
  • For minor pain, use Tylenol as recommended.
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Call your doctor if:

  • You have a temperature higher than 102 degrees.
  • Your symptoms persist over 2 weeks.
  • Your condition worsens.
  • You develop blurred vision.

General Instructions

  • If you are using nose drops, don’t allow other persons to use your drops. They will be contaminated by the infection. Discard them after treatment.
  • Avoid non-prescription nose drops or sprays. Use prescribed drops only for the recommended time. Both can interfere with normal nasal and sinus function and can be addictive.