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What is Sinusitis?
Sinusitis is the inflammation and or infection of your sinuses. It can cause mild to major discomfort and can have varying symptoms. The sinuses are air-filled spaces within the bones of the face. They are located in the cheeks (maxillary), forehead (frontal) and around the eyes (ethmoidal). Most people have experienced acute sinusitis with a cold or flu, however the symptoms should resolve within a few days to weeks. Chronic sinusitis is when cavities around nasal passages (sinuses) become inflamed and swollen for at least 12 weeks, despite treatment attempts.
- Pressure and “heaviness” feeling in face
- Nasal blockage
- Pressure changes with head movement
- Possible pain around jaw and the TMJ (temporomandibular joint)
- Loss of the senses of smell and taste
- Coloured mucus
- Running nose and coughing
- Feeling unwell and run down
If you experience frequent sinus issues/ infections or ongoing symptoms similar to the ones mentioned above, you may be experiencing chronic sinusitis. Chronic sinusitis can be caused by many factors and seeking assistance from your GP is recommended. Chronic sinusitis can linger for weeks or even months at a time that can go on to cause secondary issues and further complications such as middle ear infections, excessive post-nasal dripping, coughing and bad breath.
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