What are the symptoms of sinusitis?

Diagram 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:

  • sneezing
  • 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.