A stuffy nose may occur after a nose injury and may block the
drainage of a
sinus. As the fluid builds up, pressure on the sinus
increases, causing pain. The blocked sinus may lead to a sinus
Symptoms of a sinus infection include:
Moderate to severe sinus pain that gets worse
when you strain, cough, or bend over.
around the eyes.
Thick yellow or green nasal
Trouble breathing through the
A general feeling of not
being well (malaise).
A cough caused by drainage down the back of
the throat (postnasal drip).
Bad breath (more common in
Reduced senses of taste and smell.
Medical treatment for a sinus infection includes medicines
Treat the infection and prevent infection from
Prevent scar tissue in the nose and sinuses.
An untreated sinus infection can lead to serious
Primary Medical Reviewer
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
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