Sinusitis is inflammation, or swelling of the tissues lining the sinuses. Sinuses are the nasal passages for the air we breath through the nose. Sinus blockage can be caused by allergies, a cold or the flu, a deviated septum (a structural shift in the cartalage or bone between sinus passages), infection, or nasal polyps.

Sinusitis is common. You may have the condition if you have a runny or congested nose. You may feel pressure in your face or have pain in your forehead and cheeks close to your nose. An infected tooth can also cause sinusitis. Through a physical examination your doctor can determine the cause of sinusitis. Your doctor may recommend decongestants, antihistamines, steam inhalation, saline cleanse or prescribe nasal sprays, nose drops, antibiotics, or stearoids.


Runny nose, stuffiness or congestion, facial pain or pressure, headache, fever, discolored discharge from the nose, toothache

When to See a Doctor

See your doctor if you have severe or persistent symptoms or a high fever.

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