Are you having a cold again? Is your nose getting blocked frequently? Is it because of Sinus? What do you want to know about it? Is the cold you are facing is just cold? Or is it Sinusitis? However, continue reading this article to know more about Sinus infection and its symptoms.
What is Sinusitis?
Sinusitis is a condition that occurs due to inflammation of paranasal sinuses. Paranasal sinuses are the cavities which produce mucus for nasal for effective working. Usually, when sinuses produce mucus, it will drain through small channels. However, when one has a sinus infection, because of swollen sinus, the channels will be blocked causing discomfort and pain.
What are the Causes of Sinus Infection?
The main cause of sinus infection is by a cold or flu virus. Sometimes, the sinus infection is caused by bacteria. The causes of Sinus infection also includes:
- Nasal Polyps
- Deviated Nasal Septum
- Weak immune system
- Hay Fever
Symptoms of Sinus
- A thick green or yellow Mucus
- Reduced smelling sense
- A headache
- Postnasal Drip
- Upper Jaw and tooth pain
When to talk to a doctor
You need to consult a doctor immediately if your sinus infection lasts longer than 4 years. Also, if the standard medicines are not working to relieve you, talk to a doctor. However, a sinus scan may help a doctor to diagnose the actual problem. Also, your Doctor will examine your nose and sinus openings. However, only a specialist doctor can help understand the condition of your sinus infection. In addition, An un-noticed and undertreated sinus may lead to chronic sinusitis.
The untreated sinusitis may lead to complications. Also, the untreated infection may lead to the severity of the disease. The possible complications may lead to
- Bone infection
- Loss of smelling sense
- Brain abscess, pus-filled swelling in the brain resulting in brain diseases.
- Meningitis, inflammation of membranes that are surrounded by the brain.