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Types of Sinus

There are two main categories of sinusitis: Acute and Chronic.

Sinusitis is usually preceded by a cold, allergy attack or irritation from environmental pollutants. Often, the resulting symptoms, such as nasal pressure, nasal congestion, a “runny nose,” and fever, run their course in a few days. However, if symptoms persist, a bacterial infection or acute sinusitis may develop.

Most cases of sinusitis are acute (or sudden onset); however, if the condition occurs frequently or lasts 12 weeks or more, you may have chronic sinusitis.

When Does Acute Sinusitis Become Chronic?

When you have frequent sinusitis or the infection lasts three months or more, it could be chronic sinusitis. Symptoms of chronic sinusitis may be less severe than those of acute; however, untreated chronic sinusitis can cause damage to the sinuses and cheekbones that sometimes requires surgery to repair.

Is It Allergies, A Cold Or Sinusitis?

Many patients misdiagnose themselves as having allergies or a cold, when they actually have sinusitis. It’s important to schedule a consultation with one of our doctors to determine the proper diagnosis.

Sinus Symptoms

The symptoms caused by sinusitis may be quite uncomfortable. The signs and symptoms may include:

  • Facial pain, pressure, congestion or fullness
  • Difficulty breathing through the nose
  • Discharge of yellow or green mucus from the nose
  • Pain if the teeth
  • Loss of the sense of smell or taste
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Sore throat
  • Bad Breath
  • Fever
  • Coughing

Are My Symptoms Sinusitis, Allergy Or A Cold?

This chart will help you compare the symptoms of sinusitis with those of colds or allergies. If you suffer from three or more symptoms of sinusitis, you should see your doctor.

Left untreated, chronic sinusitis may lead to permanent damage to the sinus tissue.

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