Symptoms of Sinus Infection

Symptoms of Sinus Infection


Identifying the cause of discomfort or other problems within the nasal cavity is very important. Symptoms can be very painful or they can be hardly noticeable. When nasal polyps are present, the types of symptoms as well as the severity of them can vary by the individual. The most common symptoms for nasal polyps can be mistaken for symptoms of sinus infection so if you experience them, make an appointment with your doctor for an exam to take place.

Changes in Smell or Taste

We rely on our senses daily, and often do so without thinking. One of the symptoms of nasal polyps is changes in various senses. A person may stop being able to taste as well or at all. A person may notice that they can’t smell as well as they used to, known as Hyposmia. A complete loss of smell is referred to as Anosmia.

Studies indicate approximately 75% of all individuals with nasal polyps experience changes to their sense of smell, taste, or both. However, since these polyps typically affect those over 40, many assume the changes are simply due to the natural aging process.

Cold/Allergy like Symptoms of Sinus Infection

Many people think they are suffering from a cold or allergies when they have symptoms of nasal polyps. With the polyps, the symptoms aren’t going to get better on their own. They may get worse over time. This can be due to more polyps developing or the ones in place growing. Such cold/allergy like symptoms can include:

  • Itchy Eyes
  • Nasal congestion
  • Pain around the sinuses
  • Postnasal Drip
  • Runny Nose
  • Sneezing

Asthma like Symptoms

Individuals with asthma are more likely to develop nasal polyps due to the inflammation in the nasal cavity. However, there can be asthma like symptoms for someone. This can include frequent sinus infections and wheezing. It is best to talk to your doctor if you believe you may have nasal polyps or to find out if you have asthma. It isn’t recommended to self diagnose or to self treat.


If you start to notice that you are sensitive to various smells, odors, or chemicals, you may have nasal polyps. For example, the perfume you use daily starts to bother you or chemicals you have worked with for years become an issue. Many people find that yellow dyes in foods and drinks as well aspirin start to be something they are sensitive to when they develop nasal polyps

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I have felt that my allergies have gotten worse in recent years, but I thought it was just because of the seasons and the weather. But lately I have also been experiencing heightened smell sensitivities to things like cologne and perfume which cause headaches and sometimes migraines. I never would have thought that the two were linked and will be calling my doctor tomorrow. Thanks for the info.

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