Typically, you have to suffer from 2 of the following 4 symptoms to have a positive sinusitis diagnosis. These symptoms include:
Yes. In acute cases, your symptoms might improve in as little as 4 weeks. Some people suffer from chronic sinusitis that can last for 3 months or more. While it’s possible to have an acute case of sinusitis occasionally, you likely have recurrent sinusitis if you continue having attacks several times throughout the year -- or if it just never seems to go away.
If you’ve ever had a seasonal cold, it’s likely that you have acute sinusitis. In this case, you may get a fever, in addition to the associated chills and cold sweats. If you have chronic sinusitis that lasts for an extended period of time, it isn’t likely that you’ll have a fever.
You should always see your doctor anytime you’re under the weather, just as a precaution. But because sinusitis can make you feel weak, affecting your sleep and everyday activities, it’s important to see a specialist like Dr. Babajanian, otolaryngologist, who can properly diagnose and treat your condition. Make an appointment with him if you have:
These symptoms could indicate that you have a severe infection that requires immediate medical attention. If left untreated, sinusitis can increase your risk of developing meningitis, lead to permanent vision problems, or permanently affect your sense of taste or smell.
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