Sinusitis is basically an infection in your nasal cavities and allergy specialist doctors recommend to get yourself checked immediately when you feel any of the symptoms. It is because sinusitis may cause severe discomfort and pain which has to be treated to prevent it from increasing further.
Sinusitis infections are generally occurred either after having cold or an allergic inflammation. This is where people make the mistake of considering it a normal allergy and try to apply some home remedies to treat their sinusitis infections. However, it cannot be successful every time due to the severity and kind of sinusitis they are going through. Specialists normally recommend using medication as it treats the infection efficiently and also gives long term results to keep the symptoms away.
Below are a few common symptoms and causes of sinusitis which everyone should be aware of and keep common meds at home as slight negligence may cause a great deal of damage to your health.
Types of Sinusitis
There are basically two types of sinuses:
- Acute Sinusitis
- Chronic Sinusitis
Symptoms of Acute Sinusitis
Acute sinusitis is temporary that often happens as a result of cold or flu and it also disappears when your flu ends. The common symptoms for acute sinusitis are:
- Blocked nose
- Severe cough and chest congestion
- Runny nose
- Pain in facial nerves
- Inability to smell anything
- Pain in teeth
- Slight fever
- Bad breath
Symptoms of Chronic Sinusitis
On the contrary, chronic sinusitis is said to long for more than twelve weeks and doesn’t disappear without proper treatment. The common symptoms for chronic sinusitis are:
- Blockage in nasal passages with dry or hard mucus
- Inability to smell and taste anything
- Thick green or yellow nasal discharge.
- Severely runny nose
- Pus in nasal cavities
- Feeling of mucus blockage or leakage on back side of throat, commonly known as postnasal drainage
- Heavy tenderness or discomfort around your forehead, eyes, nose and cheeks
- Pain in teeth and ears
- Worst coughing phase especially during night time
- Exhaustion and fatigue on severe levels
- Soreness in throat, jaws and teeth
- Bad breathing commonly known as halitosis
Causes of Sinusitis
Below are few most common causes of sinusitis which should be addressed timely to avoid any unpleasant health conditions.
- Allergies of different kinds contribute a lot in causing sinusitis in many people and especially in young children who are allergic to pollen, dust or chemicals. It is because these allergies swell the nasal tissues and hence produce heavy amount of mucus.
- Common cold or upper respiratory tract infection in children is known to be the most common cause of sinusitis which is responsible to cause blockage in nasal passages. This ultimately blocks the openings of paranasal sinuses which results in sinus inflammation or infection.
- Abnormalities in nose structure like an uneven wall of tissues between nostrils may also become the cause of sinusitis in many people. It is commonly known as deviated septum which limits the air flow of your nostrils.
- Nasal polyps are formed inside your nose when there is an additional and abnormal tissue growth. These polyps cause difficulty in your breathing and ultimately block your sinuses. This result in severe inflammation and begin to show all of the above symptoms gradually.
- Previous infections in your windpipe, lungs or nasal passages may also trigger sinusitis infections. For instance, generally respiratory tract infections are known to cause sinusitis by causing nose inflammation which makes it hard for mucus to drain out easily.
- Foreign objects sticking in your nose due to any reason like dusty environment in your surroundings and so on.
- Change in atmospheric pressure due to diving or swimming underwater.
- Abnormally enlarged adenoids, smoking and other air pollutants.
- Allergists Manassas also claim that few other diseases may also cause sinusitis infections as a reaction to those diseases. For instance; Asthma may also cause sinusitis infection which is responsible for inflammation in your airways, Human immunodeficiency virus weakens your immune system therefore it may contribute in causing sinusitis infections, and Gastro esophageal reflux disease causes issues in your digestive tract that may also affect your healthy sinuses.