Sinusitis is a condition that can cause a stuffy nose, pain in the face, and discharge (mucus) from the nose. The sinuses are hollow areas in the bones of the face. They have a thin lining that normally makes a small amount of mucus. When this lining gets irritated or infected, it swells and makes extra mucus. This causes symptoms.
Sinusitis can occur when a person gets sick with a cold. The germs causing the cold can also infect the sinuses. Many times, a person feels like his or her cold is getting better. But then he or she gets sinusitis and begins to feel sick again.
Stuffy or blocked nose
Thick white, yellow, or green discharge from the nose
Pain in teeth
Pain or pressure in the face -This is often worse when a person bends forward
Most of the time, sinusitis does not need to be treated with antibiotic medicines. This is because most sinusitis is caused by viruses – not bacteria – and antibiotics do not kill viruses. Many people get over sinus infections without antibiotics.
Some people with sinusitis do need treatment with antibiotics.
If your symptoms have not improved after 10 days, ask your doctor if you should take antibiotics. Your doctor might recommend that you wait 1 more week to see if your symptoms improve. But if you have symptoms such as a fever or a lot of pain, he or she might prescribe antibiotics. It is important to follow your healthcare provider's instructions about taking your antibiotics.
To reduce your symptoms, you can:
Take an over-the-counter pain reliever to reduce the pain
Rinse your nose and sinuses with salt water a few times a day – Ask your doctor or nurse about the best way to do this.