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Sinus problems are often diagnosed as sinusitis, an inflammation of the sinus membrane lining. Acute sinusitis symptoms include facial pain/pressure, nasal obstruction, nasal discharge, diminished sense of smell, a cough, fever, fatigue and dental pain. Acute sinusitis can last four weeks or more. Acute bacterial infection might be present if symptoms worsen and persist. An antibiotic, nasal steroid sprays, nasal saline irrigations and decongestants are often prescribed.

Nasal obstruction is often a symptom of sinusitis, but is often present without any sinus problems. Some of these include nasal congestion due to allergies, deviated septum, previous nasal injury, nasal polyps and other nasal masses. Often nasal steroids are provided. Anyone with persistent or one sided symptoms should see their doctor.


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