Symptoms of sinus infection are very similar to those of the common cold. However, when due to a cold virus, such symptoms typically improve in 1-2 weeks. If you continue to have nasal symptoms that linger after having a
cold, then you may have developed a sinus infection.
Blockage of Sinuses
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Symptoms of sinus infection may include:
Nasal discharge that may be
thick, and greenish or yellowish in color
(in acute sinusitis)
Ear painToothache (dental pain)Facial pain and pressure that increases when you lie down or lean overFacial fullness or congestionNagging cough that may get worse when lying downFeverDecreased energy
or fatigueBad breathUnpleasant taste in your mouthDecreased sense of smellFever, especially in children
Most experts believe that sinus infection does not cause chronic headaches. However, alteration in sinus pressure associated with weather changes might provoke headaches in susceptible people.
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Last reviewed September 2016 by David Horn, MD, FACP
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