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Common symptoms of an acute sinus infection (sinusitis) include facial pain, nasal congestion, and drainage of thick, yellow-to-green mucus. Other possible signs include fever and cough. The symptoms tend to be the most severe between day three and day six of the infection. If your symptoms have not improved within seven days, contact your healthcare provider.
Understanding the Signs and Symptoms of SinusitisThere are a number of common signs and symptoms of a sinus infection. The most common 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
- Face pain or discomfort that is worse when bending over.
- The forehead
- Upper jaw
- Behind the eyes
- The side of the nose.
- 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 them at home (see Sinusitis (Sinus Infection) Home Remedies).
- 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 102.5ºF or 39.2ºC)
- 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.