Which clinical findings suggest acute sinusitis (sinus infection)?

Updated: Mar 01, 2018
  • Author: Itzhak Brook, MD, MSc; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Clinical findings may include the following:

  • Pain over cheek and radiating to frontal region or teeth, increasing with straining or bending down

  • Redness of nose, cheeks, or eyelids

  • Tenderness to pressure over the floor of the frontal sinus immediately above the inner canthus

  • Referred pain to the vertex, temple, or occiput

  • Postnasal discharge

  • A blocked nose

  • Persistent coughing or pharyngeal irritation

  • Facial pain

  • Hyposmia

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