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Acute Sinusitis Symptoms and Causes

Acute Sinusitis Causes Swelling and inflammation of the space inside your nose (sinus).


Acute sinusitis causes swelling and inflammation of the space inside your nose (sinus). This interferes with drainage and causes a buildup of mucus.

With acute sinusitis, it can be difficult to breathe through your nose. The area around your eyes and face may feel swollen, and you may have jaw, face pain, or a headache.

Acute Sinusitis

Acute sinusitis is mostly caused by allergens, dust, smoke, fragrance, or the common cold. Unless a bacterial infection develops, most cases are resolved within 4 days to 10 days. You may need Ayurveda remedies to treat acute sinusitis. Sinusitis lasting more than 120 days despite medical treatment is called chronic sinusitis.

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Acute sinusitis signs and symptoms often include:

  • Thick, yellow, or green mucus from the nose (runny nose) or back of the throat (postnasal drainage)
  • Blocked or stuffy nose (congestion) that makes it difficult to breathe through your nose
  • Pain, tenderness, swelling, and pressure around your eyes, cheeks, nose, or forehead that increases with bending over

Other signs and symptoms include:

  • Ear pressure
  • Headache
  • Aching in your teeth
  • Altered sense of smell
  • Cough
  • Bad breath
  • Fatigue
  • Fever

When to See a DAD Ayurveda Doctor

Most People With Acute Sinusitis Need To See A Doctor.

Contact DAD Ayurveda Doctor if you have any of the following:

  • Symptoms that last for more than four days or two weeks
  • Symptoms that worsen after swimming improve
  • A persistent fever
  • History of recurrent or chronic sinusitis

See a DAD Ayurveda doctor immediately

If you have signs or symptoms that may indicate a serious infection:

  • Pain, swelling, or redness around your eyes
  • High fever
  • Confusion
  • Double vision or other vision changes
  • Stiff neck

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Acute sinusitis is most often caused by the common cold, which is an infection caused by a virus. In some cases, infection with bacteria develops.

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Risk Factors

Your risk of getting sinusitis may be increased if you have:

  • Hay fever or other allergic Condition, which affects your sinuses
  • A common Cold, which affects your sinuses
  • Abnormalities of the nasal passages, such as a deviated nasal septum, nasal polyps, or tumors
  • Medical conditions, such as cystic fibrosis, or an immune system disorder such as HIV/AIDS
  • Exposure to smoke, either from smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke


Complications of acute sinusitis are uncommon, and serious complications are rare. If they happen, Complications may include:

  • Chronic sinusitis. Acute sinusitis can be a flare-up of a long-term problem called chronic sinusitis. Chronic sinusitis lasts longer than 10 weeks.
  • Meningitis. This infection causes swelling of the membranes and fluid surrounding your brain and spinal cord.
  • Other infections. Uncommonly, an infection can spread to the bones (osteomyelitis) or the skin (cellulitis).
  • Vision problems. If the infection spreads to your eye socket, it can cause loss of vision or even blindness that can be permanent.


Take these steps to help reduce your risk of acute sinusitis:

  • Avoid upper respiratory infections. Try to stay away from people who have colds or are sick with other infections. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, especially before eating food.
  • Manage your allergies. Work with a DAD Ayurveda doctor to get symptoms under control.
  • Avoid cigarette smoke and polluted air. Tobacco smoke and other pollutants can irritate and irritate your lungs and nasal passages.
  • Use a humidifier. If the air in your home is dry, such as if you have forced-air heat, adding moisture to the air can help prevent sinusitis. Make sure the humidifier stays clean and free of mold with regular, thorough cleaning.

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