Symptoms can vary with both the type of sinusitis and the person who has it. For many (estimated to be about 87%) the symptoms seem to start with the common cold which either seems to never go away or to keep coming back. Here is a more complete list (with specifics) of the symptoms than I have been able to find searching the internet .
Head Congestion which is that feeling of stuffiness (most obvious when arising from bed) and is often relieved but not cured by a nice hot shower. This may manifest its self as a dull ache behind or above the eyes.
You may also experience some dizziness or light headiness.
Headache and/or Facial Pain which is sometimes difficult to differentiate, is another common symptom and the specifics vary depending on which sinus is inflamed.
You actually have four sets of sinus cavities, not one or two as many people believe. Sinus cavities come in pairs just like your legs and arms. I don’t want to be very technical about this because that would most likely confuse the people I am writing this for, I am not writing this for nurses or other health care professionals.
The specific pain symptoms are pain and swelling in the cheek or the pain might occur in the eye or the upper teeth (maxillary sinus).
Pain between and behind the eyes (ethmoid sinuses) or pain in the forehead and over the eyes (frontal sinuses).
Lastly, you could have a generalized pain deep in the head which becomes aggravated when your head is jarred, this is often perceived as a headache in back of the head at the base of the skull (sphenoids sinuses).
Air can be prevented from entering your sinuses due to swollen mucous membranes, thereby creating a vacuum which results in severe pain. This is why many sinus sufferers experience pain when the barometric pressure changes.
Now that you understand what the problem and symptoms are, maybe you realize that you might actually be suffering from sinusitis. I am not sure if I do because it is common for a sinus headache to be misdiagnosed as a migraine and vice versa.
You could go the traditional route and use cough suppressants, analgesics and decongestants, and possible antibiotics. You could also try a steam inhaler or perhaps cleansing the nasal passages with a Neti Pot. There is evidence that the Neti Pot is one of the most helpful treatments for curing chronic sinusitis. If you have done several rounds of antibiotics as well as other medicines or even surgery and nothing has given you relief, then maybe it’s time to try one of the alternatives. If you choose to use the Net Pot, you must read the directions. You will need to use a special saline solution and learn how to position your head so that the solution comes out of the opposite nostril.
I have used it and it does take a little while to get the hang of it. It’s similar to riding a bike, once you figure it out it becomes easier every time you do it.