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Learn about the causes of Sinusitis & find a practitioner in Auckland, Hamilton, Bay of Plenty, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin to help you overcome Sinusitis within New Zealand.

Sinusitis is an inflammation of the sinuses, which are air-filled cavities in the bones of the face, and is most commonly caused by viral infection. Symptoms include headache, temperature, nasal congestion and pain or pressure in the face.


Causes of sinusitis Sinusitis | The Wellness Directory

The sinuses can become inflamed in a variety of ways. Once inflamed, the mucus begins to thicken which prevents the sinuses from draining properly. Colds and influenza are the two most common causes of sinusitis as the viruses that cause both conditions can spread to the sinuses.

Other risk factors which can lead to an infection of the sinuses include:

  • smoking
  • allergies (dust mites)
  • asthma
  • pollutants (such as car exhaust fumes)
  • cystic fibrosis
  • inflammatory disorders of the upper airways
  • nasal growths (polyps)
  • tooth infections
  • pregnancy
  • chemotherapy
  • HIV

Symptoms of sinusitis
The common symptoms of sinusitis are pain, a blocked or runny nose and high temperature. Pain can be experienced in the sinuses as well as in the teeth and jaw when eating. If the nose is runny, any mucus produced may be green or yellow in colour and if blocked, tenderness is felt around the top of the nose.

Other symptoms of sinusitis include:

  • headaches
  • cough
  • ear pressure
  • loss of taste
  • loss of smell
  • bad breath
  • tiredness


Diagnosis of sinusitis

If you are feeling unwell as a result of a painful and blocked nose then visit your GP for a proper diagnosis. If sinusitis is a recurring problem you may be referred for an X-ray or CT scan to rule out any underlying cause.


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