What are the symptoms of acute bacterial rhinosinusitis (RS)?

Updated: Mar 01, 2018
  • Author: Itzhak Brook, MD, MSc; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Symptoms of acute bacterial rhinosinusitis include the following:

  • Facial pain or pressure (especially unilateral)

  • Hyposmia/anosmia

  • Nasal congestion

  • Nasal drainage

  • Postnasal drip

  • Fever

  • Cough

  • Fatigue

  • Maxillary dental pain

  • Ear fullness/pressure

A change in the color or characteristic of the nasal discharge is not a specific sign of bacterial rhinosinusitis. A previous diagnosis of rhinosinusitis is not a predictor of acute bacterial rhinosinusitis. [32]


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