Sinusitis More than 30 million people in the United States are diagnosed with sinusitis each year. Sinusitis is an inflammation of the sinuses causing nasal swelling and a buildup of mucus. This can lead to an infection or other problems. There are several types of sinusitis. Acute sinusitis which lasts up the 4 weeks. Subacute sinusitis which lasts 4 to 12 weeks. Chronic sinusitis which lasts longer than 12 weeks and can continue for months or years. Recurrent sinusitis which is several attacks within a year.
Chronic sinusitis affects both children and adults. Common symptoms include: nasal inflammation, thick discolored discharge from the nose, drainage down the back of the throat, nasal obstruction or congestion, causing difficultly breathing through your nose, pain, tenderness and swelling around your eyes, cheeks, nose or forehead, reduced sense of smell and taste, ear pain, aching in your upper jaw and teeth, sore throat, bad breath, and fatigue.