More than 31 million people experience sinus infections every single year. Many of them suffer in silence, unsure what’s causing the variety of symptoms that cause them to feel cruddy. Recognize the signs of a sinus infection, medically known as sinusitis, and treating this condition helps ease some of the symptoms that bring you down. The sooner you begin treating a sinus infection, the better.
A sinus infection occurs when the sinus cavities become infected, inflamed or irritated. It’s most likely to occur after a common cold or other viral infection but may occur on its own. Acute sinus infections have a duration of four weeks or less while chronic sinusitis lasts longer than 12-weeks or recurs throughout the year.
With sinus cavities located above the eye and behind the nose, a person affected by a sinus infection can certainly experience a myriad of symptoms that cause disruption in day-to-day activities. The 10 signs on the list below are among the most common indications that you suffer from a sinus infection that can be treated!
1. Pain in Your Sinuses
Sinus pain is the first and most common symptom of a sinus infection. The pain felt from a sinus infection behind the eyes and the nose can be mild, moderate or severe but is almost always uncomfortable for the sufferer. When sinus cavities become inflamed and swollen, pain on both sides of the nose and in the forehead oftentimes occur.
A sinus headache is the worst type of headache of them all, according to those who’ve experienced the pounding pain and related symptoms such as tooth pain, earaches, and pain in your cheeks and jaws. Sinus headaches tend to be worse early in the morning than during other times of the day, although they can occur at any time.
3. Nasal Congestion
Inflamed sinuses affect the way you breathe through your nose, restricting the pathway. The swollen sinuses and nasal passages cause congestion that affects taste and smell. Don’t expect the food to taste the same if you have a sinus infection. Additionally, a ‘stuffy’ sound when you talk may also be quite noticeable.
4. Throat Irritation and Cough
When sinus discharges down into your throat rather than outside of your mouth (due to congestion,) throat irritation and cough oftentimes result. It is especially common when a person experiences sinusitis over a long period of time. The annoying cough is especially troublesome first thing in the morning.
5. Sore Throat
A raw, itchy, painful throat is another one of the most common symptoms of a sinus infection. It is one of the more annoying symptoms and it can get worse over time. The longer the infection lasts, the more the mucous irritates the throat, causing inflammation. You may also notice a hoarse voice accompanying this symptom. This is one of the symptoms that affect many people with summer sinus infection.
A fever is the body’s way of fighting off an infection. We experience fevers after many different sicknesses and illnesses. Some people suffering from summer sinus infection experience mild fevers, although it is one of the less common symptoms. A fever is especially common when an underlying condition is present.
7. Bright-Colored Mucus
Mucous is a bodily fluid that we all have in our bodies, one that we need. If your mucus changes color and one or more of the additional symptoms on this list are present, a sinus infection is a likely culprit. Brightly colored yellow, green, or brown mucus is a common symptom of a sinus infection, one that should not be ignored.
8. Bad Breath
Bad breath, medically called halitosis, can occur after eating onions, garlic or other spicy foods. It can also occur from poor oral health when a person doesn’t brush or floss their teeth properly. Sinus infections may also lead to bad breath, but they cause a different type of bad breath. It’s pretty easy to identify the ‘sickly’ smell that a summer sinus infection causes. If you notice a sick-smelling odor when you talk or breath, it’s likely caused by a sinus infection.
9. Oral Pain
Increased sinus pressure may cause oral pain such as gum tenderness, toothaches and pain, and general mouth pain. If you experience oral pain along with other symptoms, it is likely that a sinus infection is the cause of the trouble. Use an oral over-the-counter medication to alleviate oral pain. Schedule an appointment with your doctor as well, especially if the pain doesn’t dissipate with the use of the OTC medication.
We all experience fatigue from time to time. Life is oftentimes a challenge that we battle to keep up with. It leaves us drained and overly tired when it happens. However, fatigue also indicates a problem within the body. A summer sinus infection may be caused by dozens of different health conditions, including a sinus infection. A sinus infection takes a toll on the body! It is easy to overlook fatigue but when combined with other symptoms from our list, it’s better to find a solution.
Do You Have a Sinus Infection?
If you experience the symptoms of a sinus infection listed above, over-the-counter medications may help, although it is better to schedule an appointment with your medical professional who can rule out underlying conditions and prescribe something a bit stronger than the options available from the local drugstore. This is not a complete list of symptoms associated with a sinus infection, but a look at the most common. Schedule an appointment with us today if you suspect a summer sinus infection or if OTC medications do not ease the symptoms. A variety of treatments may help anyone who is affected by a summer sinus infection and/or diagnoses underlying conditions that cause trouble. Over-the-counter medications, herbal medications/treatments, nasal irrigations, antibiotics, and nasal decongestants are the most common treatments for sinusitis.