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Acute Sinusitis

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Acute Sinusitis: Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis, and Treatment


At TMD Telehealth Services, we understand that sinusitis, or sinus infection, can be a painful and disruptive condition. Our dedicated team of healthcare professionals is here to provide you with expert guidance and treatment options for acute sinusitis. This page offers comprehensive information about acute sinusitis, including its symptoms, causes, diagnosis, and available treatment options.

What is Acute Sinusitis?

Acute sinusitis, often referred to as a sinus infection, is a common respiratory condition that occurs when the sinuses become inflamed and infected. The sinuses are air-filled cavities located within the facial bones, and their primary function is to filter and humidify the air we breathe.

Symptoms of Acute Sinusitis

Acute sinusitis can cause a range of uncomfortable symptoms, including:

  • Nasal congestion: Difficulty breathing through the nose.
  • Facial pain or pressure: Often felt in the forehead, cheeks, or around the eyes.
  • Runny or stuffy nose: Discharge may be clear, yellow, or green.
  • Loss of smell: A common symptom.
  • Coughing: Especially at night.
  • Sore throat: Resulting from postnasal drip.
  • Fatigue: Feeling tired and run down.
  • Fever: In some cases.

Causes of Acute Sinusitis

Acute sinusitis is usually caused by a viral infection, such as the common cold. It can also be triggered by allergies or bacterial infections. Factors that may contribute to sinusitis include:

  • Viral Infections: Often precede sinusitis and cause inflammation of the nasal passages.
  • Allergies: Exposure to allergens can lead to sinus inflammation.
  • Bacterial Infections: Less common than viral infections but may require antibiotics.
  • Nasal Polyps: Abnormal growths in the nasal passages can block airflow.


To diagnose acute sinusitis, our healthcare providers will perform a thorough evaluation, which may include:

  • Medical History: Discussing your symptoms and medical history.
  • Physical Examination: Examining your nose, throat, and facial areas.
  • Imaging Tests: In some cases, a CT scan or X-ray may be recommended.
  • Nasal Endoscopy: A thin, flexible tube with a camera may be used to examine the nasal passages.


The treatment of acute sinusitis depends on its underlying cause:

  • Viral Infections: Often resolve on their own, with treatment focused on symptom relief.
  • Bacterial Infections: May require antibiotics.
  • Allergies: Management includes avoiding allergens and using antihistamines or nasal corticosteroids.

When to Seek Medical Care

If you experience severe symptoms, such as high fever, severe facial pain, or persistent symptoms lasting more than ten days, it is essential to seek immediate medical attention. Our Telehealth services provide convenient access to healthcare professionals who can evaluate your condition and recommend appropriate treatment.


Acute sinusitis can be uncomfortable, but with the right care and guidance, you can find relief and recover quickly. At TMD Telehealth Services, we are here to assist you with expert medical advice, diagnosis, and treatment options for acute sinusitis. Schedule a Telehealth consultation today to discuss your symptoms and receive personalized care.

For immediate medical attention or if you are experiencing severe symptoms, please seek care from your nearest healthcare facility.