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Sinusitis is inflammation (swelling) of the lining of the sinuses, caused by a viral or bacterial infection. Sinusitis typically causes a high temperature, pain and tenderness in the face, and a blocked or runny nose. It is a common condition and can affect people of any age.



Sinusitis is classed as either:-

  • Acute, when it develops quickly (over a few days) following a cold or flu and clears up within 12 weeks, or
  • chronic, when symptoms last for more than 12 weeks.

Chronic sinusitis is common and can sometimes last for many months.



The most common symptoms of sinusitis include:-

  • A blocked or runny nose. If your nose produces green or yellow mucus, you probably have a bacterial infection.
  • Pain and tenderness in the face (near the infected sinuses). You may experience a throbbing pain that is worse when you move your head, and toothache or pain in your jaw when you eat.
  • A high temperature.

Other possible symptoms include:-

  • Tiredness,
  • Headache,
  • Cough,
  • Bad breath (halitosis),
  • Pressure in your ears,
  • Loss of taste and smell, and
  • A feeling of being generally unwell.



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