A stuffed up nose and pressure on our cheekbones can often mean you have acute sinusitis. Acute sinusitis, also called acute rhinosinusitis, is a short-term infection or inflammation of the membranes that line your sinuses. The prevalence of allergic rhinitis/hay fever has increased considerably over the past century in the westernized parts of the wo rld including Sweden.However, methodologies were different in these studies as the first study was register based, the second intervie w based and the third questionnaire based. This may in part explain the i ncrease since register based studies tend to underestimate disease occurrences
Nasal congestion, thick, yellow, or green mucus discharge from the nose, sore throat, a cough (usually worse at night),drainage of mucus in the back of your throat, headache, pain, pressure, or tenderness behind your eyes, nose, cheeks, or forehead, earache, toothache, bad breath, reduced sense of smell, reduced sense of taste, fever, fatigue
Diagnosing acute sinusitis usually involves a physical exam. Your doctor will gently tap your sinuses with his fingers to identify an infection. The exam may involve looking into your nose with a light to identify inflammation, polyps, tumors, or other abnormalities. Your doctor may prescribe prescription antibiotics, anti-fungal medications, or allergy shots for severe acute sinusitis infections. In some cases, surgery may be necessary to treat the underlying cause of acute sinusitis. Your doctor may perform surgery to remove nasal polyps or tumors, correct a deviated nasal septum, or clean and drain your sinuses.