Watch for Obvious Symptoms of Sinusitis
If you have sinusitis, you’re likely to experience some symptoms that should tip you off that this is what you’re experiencing. Some of the symptoms to watch out for include:
- Nasal obstruction
- Discharge from the nose that is thick and discolored
- Changes in taste or smell
- Facial congestion
- Sore throat
- Upset stomach
When you have mucus collecting in your nose and sinuses, it becomes hard to breathe through your nose. You may also have thick, discolored discharge coming from your nose. You’ll likely experience changes in your taste and smell. This is partly because your blocked nose makes it hard to smell. It’s also because the bacteria growing in the anaerobic (oxygen-free) environment that develops in sinuses may utilize sulfur instead of oxygen, just like bacteria infecting your teeth or gums. Then the smelly discharge can leak into your throat and mouth.
The leaking discharge can also irritate your throat and make you nauseous, especially in the morning. Don’t confuse this nausea with the kind that can come from feelings of dizziness and vertigo.
Of course, fever is a giveaway that you’re experiencing an infection.
If you do have a sinus infection, the only way to treat it is with antibiotics. With that said, we strongly encourage you to visit your physician for treatment.