Signs and symptoms of rhinosinusitis

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Stuffy nose and nasal obstruction

Nasal congestion or obstruction. Causes difficulties breathing through the nose.

Reduced sense of taste and smell

Reduced sense of taste and smell in adults and in children.

More viscous mucus or mucus in the nose

Thick, colourless nasal congestion or drainage at the back of the throat (postnasal discharge).

Person with facial pressure sensation or pain

Facial pain or pressure, sensitivity and swelling around the eyes, cheeks, nose and forehead.

Other signs and symptoms include:

Woman with spots on her face typical of Lupus or cutaneous erythematosus

Redness (erythema) and/or facial swelling around the cheeks due to soft tissue superinfection.

Irritated red eye

Redness of the eyes and/or an increase in the volume of the orbital contents (accumulation of purulent mucus in or around the eye socket).



Person with jaw pain or facial pressure

Pain in the jaw and upper teeth.

Person sitting up in bed with a cough at night

Cough which worsens at night.

Person with sore throat

Sore throat.

Thermometer with a danger signal indicating fever

FeverIn cases of acute infection or exacerbation of chronic rhinosinusitus.

Person with halitosis sticking out the tongue

Bad breath (halitosis).

Fatigued woman sweating

Fatigue or irritability.

Person vomiting in a toilet


Substantiated information by:

Cristobal Langdon Montero

Published: 19 September 2018
Updated: 19 September 2018

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