Symptoms of sinusitis.. Do they affect my sense of smell and taste?

The Austrian Society of Otolaryngology reported that sinusitis is an inflammation of the mucous membrane lining the sinuses of the nose, due to several causes, most notably bacterial or viral infection.

The association explained that the causes also include allergies and respiratory diseases such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and anatomical narrowing sites that impede sinus ventilation, such as the curvature of the nasal septum, and large nasal polyps, in addition to smoking.

The symptoms of sinusitis are purulent secretions from the nose, completely blocked nose, decreased sense of smell and taste, bad breath from the mouth, headache, a feeling of pressure in the head, swelling of the nose, fever and fatigue.

Sinusitis is treated with decongestants and mucus thinners.

In the case of a bacterial infection, antibiotics are used.

In the case of anatomical problems such as deformity of the nasal septum and large adenoids, surgery is used to correct the deformity or remove the polyps.

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