Sinusitis is actually a swelling of the inner lining of the sinuses. This swelling causes the openings of the nose to be blocked so that the mucus inside can no longer drain out. When the mucus cannot drain, the pressure of the blocked fluid creates pain in the face and impairs breathing.

For most people, sinusitis is a temporary condition that goes away with simple treatment. However, if the symptoms continue for a significant period of time without responding to medication, or if the symptoms are especially severe, surgery may bring about permanent relief.

Symptoms of sinusitis vary from person to person, however the most common symptoms are:

  • Stuffy or runny nose

  • Earache and/or feeling of fullness in the ear

  • Thick yellow or green discharge from the nose, sometimes tinged with blood

  • Sneezing and/or coughing

  • Pain over the bridge of the nose

  • Headache that is worse in the morning, when bending forward, or when riding an elevator

  • Post-nasal drip from the nose into the throat

  • Impaired sense of smell and/or taste

  • Pain in the face, eye(s) and/or roof of the mouth or teeth