Sinus infection symptoms depend on whether the sinus infection is acute or chronic and which sinuses are infected. But, before we talk more about the symptoms of the disease, let’s take a look at the types of sinusitis first.
Sinus infection or sinusitis may classified in several types, base on the time of the problem, it classified to acute and chronic and according to the locations, it classified to etimoid and sphenoid (behind the eyes), maxillary (behind the cheek bones), and frontal (behind forehead, one or both sides).
Acute sinus infection symptoms:
- Ethmoid sinusitis. Postnasal drip or mucus drip down the throat behind the nose, is common sign of the disease, nasal congestion with discharge, headache in the temple or surrounding or behind the eye, pain or pressure around the inner corner of the eye or down the side of the nose, fever, are also often appear as acute sinus infection symptoms. People with the condition feel worse when coughing, straining, or lying on the back and better when the head is upright.
- Maxillary sinusitis. Symptoms or signs of this stage are tender, red, or swollen cheekbone, nasal discharge or postnasal drip, fever, pain across the cheekbone, under or around the eye, or around the upper teeth. The pain and pressure symptoms are worse with the head upright and bending forward and better when reclining.
- Frontal sinusitis. Nasal discharge or postnasal drip, fever, and severe headaches in the forehead are the signs of this condition. The pain is worse when reclining and better with the head upright.
- Sphenoid sinusitis. Fever, double vision or vision disturbances if pressure extends into the brain, deep headache with pain behind and on top of the head, across the forehead, and behind the eye, nasal discharge or postnasal drip. Same as other types, the pain is worse when lying on the back or bending forward.
Chronic sinus infection symptoms:
- Ethmoid sinusitis. People with this condition usually feel chronic sore throat and bad breath, chronic nasal discharge, obstruction, and low-grade discomfort across the bridge of the nose. The pain is worse in the late morning or when wearing glasses.
- Maxillary sinusitis. People with this condition usually feel chronic toothache or increased tooth sensitivity, pain possibly worse with colds, flu, or allergies, discomfort or pressure below the eye. Also, increased discomfort throughout the day with increased cough at night.
- Frontal sinusitis. The symptoms of frontal sinus infection are history of trauma or damage to the sinus area, chronic postnasal drip and persistent, low-grade headache in the forehead.
- Sphenoid sinusitis. People with this stage generally feel low-grade general headache and experience chronic postnasal drip. These sinus infection symptoms will appear for couple days to couple weeks.