Sinusitis occurs when the sinuses are inflamed. Causes of this inflammation can include:
- Infection from a virus, fungus, or bacteria
- Allergic reaction
- Autoimmune reaction
Symptoms of sinusitis include:
- Pain in the face, sinuses, back of the eyes, ears, or forehead
- Distorted sense of smell
- Itchy nose
- Runny nose
- Facial swelling
How is Sinusitis Treated?
Sinusitis is generally treated with medications and other methods that can be performed at home, like applying heat to your face with a damp washcloth. Medicines are often used when the sinusitis is caused by a bacterial infection.
Treating sinusitis should help improve drainage and reduce swelling, relieving the pain and pressure in the sinuses.