Updated 22 August 2018

Symptoms of sinusitis

The symptoms of sinusitis can vary from person to person but usually include nasal congestion, headache, sinus pain and thick mucus.

In both chronic and acute sinusitis, the symptoms are the same. If you have chronic sinusitis, you will have experienced the symptoms for longer. You may also feel more tired if your sinusitis is chronic.

The following are symptoms of sinusitis:

- Thick nasal mucus

- Bad-tasting post-nasal drip

- A congested nose

- Breathing difficulties

- Facial pain around the eyes, particularly across the nose and forehead

- Headache

- Facial swelling

- Neck pain

- Fever

- Cough

If you suffer from chronic sinusitis, you may also develp nasal polyps. These are growths in the tissue of the nose and sinuses that can cause breathing difficulties.

Read more:
Causes of sinusitis

Reviewed by Dr Harris Steinman MBChB. (UCT), D.CH (SA), FAAAAI, D.Av.Med.(SAMS), Private specialist at FACTS (Food & Allergy Consulting & Testing Services), February 2015. (Previously updated by Dr H Steinman, June 2007)


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Dr Gary Kroukamp MBCHB, FCORL(SA) is an ENT Specialist, practising from rooms at Kingsbury Hospital in Claremont, Cape Town. He also has a teaching sessional appointment as an ENT Consultant at the Tygerberg Hospital. He is a member of the ENT Society of South Africa and the South African Cochlear Implantation Group. His interests in the ENT field include sinusitis and sinus surgery, nasal allergy and ENT conditions in children.

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