//What is sinusitis?
What is sinusitis? 2017-03-02T16:10:35+00:00

WHAT IS SINUSITIS?

Sinusitis is a common condition which causes inflammation of the sinuses – the small air-filled cavities behind your cheekbones and forehead. Sinusitis is usually brought on following a respiratory tract infection such as a cold or flu. This can be caused by an allergy, viral or bacterial infection.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF SINUSITIS?

  • high temperature of 38°C Celsius (100.4°F Fahrenheit) or more
  • blocked or runny nose
  • green or yellow discharge from your nose
  • reduced sense of smell
  • pain and tenderness in the cheeks, eyes or forehead
  • toothache
  • bad breath (halitosis)

The sinuses are important in the way we breathe through the nose and in the flow of mucus in the nose and throat. The largest sinuses – the ones behind the cheekbones – are the most commonly affected by sinusitis.

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