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  Oct 11, 2018

Symptoms of sinusitis

Sinusitis is commonly caused by infections of the upper respiratory tract. They are more common in some individuals like those exposed to smoke, pollutants in air, irritants, those availing day care facilities, diabetics and those with a suppressed immunity.

Persons with genetic conditions that make mucus thick and viscid like in Cystic fibrosis and those with altered functions of cilia or ciliary immotile syndrome or Kartagener’s syndrome are also at a higher risk of sinusitis.

Predisposed individuals commonly get long term symptoms of sinusitis or recurrent bouts of acute or sub-acute sinusitis.

Classification of sinusitis

Broadly, sinusitis may be classified according to the duration of its symptoms into acute, sub-acute and chronic.

Acute sinusitis refers to sudden onset symptoms of sinusitis where the symptoms usually resolve by 4 weeks.

In sub-acute cases the symptoms may last for 4 to 12 weeks while in chronic cases the symptoms may persist for 12 weeks or more (3 months or more). 1-8

Symptoms of sinusitis

Symptoms of sinusitis include:

  • Feeling of fullness or pressure over the sinuses. The sinuses are located behind the forehead, behind the eyes, beside the