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Allergic Rhinitis



Sinus infections or sinusitis is an inflammation of the tissues in your sinuses (spaces in your forehead, cheeks and nose usually filled with air). It causes facial pain, a stuffy or runny nose, sometimes a fever and other symptoms.

Conditions that can cause sinus blockage include:

  • The common cold

  • Viruses, bacteria, fungi

  • Allergic rhinitis, which is swelling of the lining of the nose caused by allergens

  • Small growths in the lining of the nose called nasal polyps

  • A deviated septum, which is a shift in the nasal cavity

What are the types of sinusitis?
  • Acute sinusitis usually starts with cold-like symptoms such as a runny, stuffy nose and facial pain. It may start suddenly and last 2 to 4 weeks.

  • Subacute sinusitis usually lasts 4 to 12 weeks.

  • Chronic sinusitis symptoms last 12 weeks or longer.

  • Recurrent sinusitis happens several times a year.

  • Pansinusitis affects all the sinuses in your head – not just the common one or two.

When should you seek medical care?

See a doctor if you have:

  • Severe symptoms, such as severe headache or facial pain.

  • Symptoms that get worse after improving.

  • Symptoms lasting more than 10 days without getting better.

  • Fever longer than 3-4 days.

  • You should also seek medical care if you have had multiple sinus infections in the past year.

This list is not all-inclusive. Please see a doctor for any symptom that is severe or concerning.

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