What are the symptoms of sinusitis?
Sinusitis: inflamed sinus membranes make more mucus, causing a blocked or runny nose and facial pain or pressure. Image: Alila Sao Mai/Shutterstock.com
The symptoms of sinusitis include:
- a blocked or runny nose
- pain in the face or a feeling of pressure inside the head (forehead, jaw, around the eyes, sometimes tooth pain)
- a reduced sense of smell
- a fever (a temperature of 38.5°C or higher).
If you have sinusitis due to hay fever or an allergy, your symptoms may be slightly different from those of an infection and may also include:
- a runny nose with watery mucus
- an itchy nose
- itchy watering eyes.
How long will the symptoms of sinusitis last?
Sinusitis usually lasts about 2–3 weeks but can last up to 12 weeks. This is acute (or short-term) sinusitis.
Chronic (long-term) sinusitis lasts longer than 12 weeks.
Read about how you can manage the symptoms of sinusitis.