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Nasal congestion, facial pain, and thick, yellow-to-green mucus are some of the most common signs and symptoms of acute sinusitis. If you develop a high fever or a severe headache, or if your symptoms do not improve within seven days, contact your healthcare provider. You should also notify your healthcare provider if your symptoms were getting better, but have suddenly gotten worse.
What Are the Symptoms of Acute Sinusitis?There are a number of common signs and symptoms of an acute sinus infection. The most common indications include:
- Nasal congestion or blockage
- Drainage of thick, yellow-to-green mucus (which can drain out the nose or down the back of the throat)
- Tooth pain or discomfort
- Facial pain or discomfort that is worse when bending over.
- Fever (temperature greater than 100.4ºF or 38ºC)
- Cough (which may be worse at night)
- Ear pressure or fullness
- Decreased (or loss of) sense of smell or taste
- Bad breath (halitosis).
When to See a Healthcare ProviderMost sinus infections get better on their own. Therefore, healthcare providers often recommend treating possible sinus infections at home.
- Your symptoms have not improved in seven days, or
- The following symptoms have been present for more than seven days:
- Face or tooth pain, especially if it is only on one side
- Thick, yellow-to-green discharge from the nose
- Cheek tenderness or pain (this is where your maxillary sinuses are).
- High fever (over 102.5°F or 39.2°C)
- Double vision
- Decreases in vision
- Drooping eyelid
- Swelling around the eyelid
- Redness around the eyelid
- Severe headache
- Severe facial pain
- Stiff neck
- Shortness of breath
- Changes in mental state.