Symptoms of sinus infection are very similar to those of the common cold. However, when due to a cold virus, such symptoms typically improve after a few days. If you continue to have nasal symptoms 10-14 days after having a cold , then you may have developed a sinus infection.
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Symptoms of sinus infection may include:
- Nasal congestion
- Nasal discharge that may be
- Headache (in acute sinusitis)
- Ear pain
- Toothache (dental pain)
- Facial pain and pressure that increases when you lie down or lean over
- Facial fullness or congestion
- Nagging cough that may get worse when lying down
- Decreased energy or fatigue
- Bad breath
- Unpleasant taste in your mouth
- Decreased sense of smell
- Fever, especially in children
Most experts believe that sinus infection does not cause chronic headaches. However alteration in sinus pressure associated with weather changes might provoke headaches in susceptible people.
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