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Sinusitis is often confused with a cold, allergies, migraine and various other conditions. In fact many of these conditions have similar symptoms leading to confusion. Hence it is important to understand the symptoms of sinusitis before you see a doctor for diagnosis and treatment.
Although a benign condition, in most cases the infection gets out of control if left untreated due to wrong diagnosis. In particularly unfortunate turn of events, Sinusitis can also put a patient’s life at risk! This is why it is so important to differentiate between the typical symptoms of sinusitis and red flag them immediately.
Symptoms of Sinusitis -
According to the European Academy of Allergology and Clinical Immunology, Rhinosinusitis is characterised by at least two of the following symptoms:
Some not so common symptoms of sinusitis include –
Acute and chronic sinusitis have similar symptoms but since acute sinusitis is a temporary infection of the sinuses, it is often associated with cold. Fever is a symptom often experienced in acute sinusitis but not in chronic sinusitis
Rhinosinusitis may be particularly severe in some patients. Due to the close anatomical relation with surrounding vital structures such as eyes, brain, and major blood vessels, patients with the following symptoms on top of the ones mentioned above, should promptly consult an ENT specialist:
Neglecting early symptoms of acute sinusitis may lead to recurrence of the same and lead to chronic sinusitis. In extreme cases we have also seen some life threatening situations caused by sinusitis. Most importantly, sinusitis impacts the quality of your life in a big way.