Does Sinusitis Cause Diarrhea?

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In sinusitis, the small channels where the mucus drains into the nose are blocked due to inflammation (swelling) of the sinus linings. This can affect the flow of mucus that drains into the nose.Fortunately, the problem usually relieves within 2-3 weeks.

A viral infection is often to blame. Many times, sinusitis occurs after the common cold. Sometimes it occurs due to bacterial or fungal infections. Exposure to environmental irritants and allergens can be other possible causes.

Acute swelling of sinuses may lead to chronic, long-term sinusitis (a condition in which the problem lasts longer, such as more than 12 weeks). This chronic sinusitis can also be caused by the following other conditions:

  1. The abnormality of structure in the nasal passages, such as nasal polyps and deviated nasal septum.
  2. Particular medical conditions – such as immune disorder (especially problems weakening the immune system like HIV/AIDS), allergic rhinitis, cystic fibrosis, and asthma.

Does sinusitis cause diarrhea, too?

The sinusitis symptoms may vary from patient to patient. But in general, the main symptoms include:

  1. Nasal symptoms, especially such as a runny nose and a blocked nose. The discharge is usually yellow or green – this means that there is an infection in the sinuses. The runny nose may then dry up if the drainage channels are blocked due to thick mucus. A blocked nose can occur on both sides of the nose. This also often affects the sense of smell.
  2. Pain and tenderness over the affected sinus! Sometimes it can also be quite painful, especially when chewing or when we bend the head forward.
  3. High temperature (fever), which is often followed with general feeling of poor health.

There are also other more vogue symptoms of sinusitis. How about diarrhea?

Diarrhea is not the main symptoms of sinusitis. However, sometimes the disease may also contribute to cause this digestive problem.

Sinusitis may cause diarrhea with the following ways: