If you have sinusitis your symptoms may include:
- pain and pressure in your face, which is worse when you lean forward
- a blocked nose with green or yellow mucus, which can drain down the back of your nose into your throat and may cause a sore throat and cough
- a headache.
Less common symptoms of sinusitis include tiredness, a reduced sense of smell, bad breath (halitosis) and a fever.
The pain you have will depend on which of your sinuses are affected.
- Frontal sinusitis – pain just above your eyebrows, and your forehead may be tender to touch
- Maxillary sinusitis – your upper jaw, teeth and cheeks may ache and it can be mistaken for toothache
- Ethmoid sinusitis – pain around your eyes and the sides of your nose
- Sphenoid sinusitis – pain around your eyes, at the top of your head or in your temples; you may also have earache and neck pain.