Sinusitis is an inflammation of the nasal sinuses that can be either
acute or chronic.
is often caused by bacterial or viral infections of the nose, throat
and upper respiratory tract. Chronic sinusitis may be the result of
small growths in the nose, injury to the nasal bones, smoking and exposure
to irritating fumes. Allergic sinusitis may be caused by allergies
such as food (especially to milk and dairy) and hayfever.
The symptoms of
sinusitis include cough, difficulty breathing, earache, facial pain,
headache and cranial pressure, loss of the sense of smell, sensitivity
in the area of the forehead and cheekbones, stuffy/runny nose and profuse
discharge of mucus.