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What does sinusitis feel like?

Andrew Bellingham

Andrew Bellingham

Pharmacist | 20+ Years | BPharm | Dip Clin Pharm

Sinusitis, also known as a sinus infection, is a common condition affecting millions of people every year. 

While it can be caused by various factors such as infections, allergies, or structural issues, the resulting symptoms are usually similar. 

If you’re suffering from any of the symptoms listed in this article, book a free consultation with a pharmacist to get the treatment you need, without seeing a GP. 

Blocked sinus

Nasal congestion and blockage are common symptoms of sinusitis, making breathing through the nose difficult.

It may feel like your nasal passages are stuffed or obstructed, leading to a sensation of fullness in the nose and head.

Breathing through your nose may feel shallow, so you may be mouth breathing to compensate for the blocked nasal passages.

Sinus pain

The hallmark sensation of sinusitis is often pressure and pain in the face, particularly around the forehead, cheeks, and eyes

This pressure can feel like a dull ache or a throbbing pain, intensifying with movement or changes in position

Some describe it as feeling like a heavy weight pressing down on their face, causing discomfort and tenderness

Sinusitis discharge

Sinusitis often results in a lot of mucus being produced, which often ranges from clear and watery to thick and yellow.

You may also experience postnasal drip, where mucus drips down the throat from the back of the nose, which can cause irritation and a persistent cough. This sensation can be uncomfortable, causing throat clearing or a constant need to swallow

Sinusitis headache

Sinus headaches are a common symptom, often accompanied by pressure and tenderness in the affected sinuses

The pain may radiate from the forehead to the temples and worsen with sudden movements or bending forward

It can feel like a deep, throbbing ache that persists throughout the day, which may impact your ability to concentrate

Sinusitis fatigue

Sinusitis can also lead to a general feeling of fatigue and being unwell, making daily activities more challenging

The body may feel achy and tired, with a lack of energy and motivation to engage in usual tasks

This fatigue can make it more difficult to deal with the other symptoms, compound the discomfort caused by other symptoms, further affecting quality of life

A man holds his face due to sinus pain, the affected area has been highlighted red

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