Sinus Symptoms

Sinus Problems can cause a wide variety of symptoms. Most of these tend to last no more than a week but some can last for years, even lifetimes if untreated. A lot of these symptoms are due to a lack of sinus drainage.


Pressure in the sinuses often manifests itself in headaches. Migraines are commonly mistaken as sinus headaches though so you should check to see if there are accompanying symptoms.


As mucus builds up and the sinuses become inflamed, they don’t drain properly and pressure tends to build up. This can be felt especially when leaning forward. You may feel pressure in the forehead, nose, cheeks, behind the eyes or in the head.

Excessive Mucus

Not the most painful but fairly unpleasant. Mucus isn’t nice at the best of times, but when you have a sinus infection there is often a lot of it and it often smells and looks pretty nasty. Try to resist the urge to blow your nose and let it run down your throat instead. Gross, but healthier.

Coughing and Sneezing

Sinuses problems can be caused by a number of different conditions. If you’re reacting to allergens, you may find yourself sneezing as histamine is produced by the body.


Again, as allergies kick in you may get red and swollen. Your face can become puffy as can your eyes. This is usually fairly temporary although it may come and go.

Popping Ears

If you are experiencing Eustachian tube dysfunction, you might find you ears pop when you move your jaw around or swallow. This should clear up on its own but you may be like me and have it for years.

Ringing in the Ears

As pressure is built up in the middle ear, you might experience ringing, also known as tinnitus.

Loss of Balance

This is especially true if the sinus infection has reached your inner ear. You may experience vertigo or feel like you’re a bit drunk when you’re walking. It’s really unpleasant.


Check out how to drain sinuses and relieve sinus pressure.