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Bloody Nasal Discharge & Sinusitis Symptoms

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Diane Marks started her writing career in 2010 and has been in health care administration for more than 30 years. She holds a registered nurse license from Citizens General Hospital School of Nursing, a Bachelor of Arts in health care education from California University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Science in health administration from the University of Pittsburgh.
Bloody Nasal Discharge & Sinusitis Symptoms
A low-grade fever is a symptom of sinusitis. Photo Credit Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images

Sinus infections account for more than 15 billion doctor visits annually, according to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, or the NIAID. A sinus infection is the inflammation of the sinus cavity due to a virus, bacteria or fungus, according to MayoClinic.com. A common symptom of sinusitis is nasal discharge that is thick, discolored and bloody due to irritation, inflammation and infection. Other symptoms of sinusitis include pain, nasal congestion, low-grade fever, coughing and fatigue.

Bloody Nasal Discharge

The NIAID states that nasal discharge from a sinus infection can be blood-tinged from excessive nose-blowing and irritation. The bloody discharge should be mixed with mucus and needs to be assessed by a medical doctor if the patient develops a consistent bloody nose.


FamilyDoctor.org states that pain from sinusitis can be felt in the eyes, nose, cheekbones and forehead. The pain in forehead is the result of inflammation in the frontal sinuses, according to the NIAID. Forehead pain may cause distorted vision and loss of smell and taste. Pain is also felt in the upper-teeth because of pressure placed on the roots of the teeth. Tooth pain needs to be evaluated by a dentist to confirm it is the result of sinus pressure. The cheeks are sensitive to touch when the maxillary sinuses are infection. Pain from a sinus infection can also be felt in the back of the neck as a dull, throbbing ache.

Nasal Congestion

Nasal congestion is a symptom of sinusitis, according to MayoClinic.com. The inflamed sinus cavity blocks the person's ability to breathe normally. Nasal congestion from inflamed sinuses is treated with a decongestant to reduce the swelling. Blowing the nose will not help alleviate nasal congestion resulting from swollen sinuses.

Low-Grade Fever

A low-grade fever may develop with sinusitis, according to FamilyDoctor.org. MayoClinic.com urges patients to see a doctor if a fever develops over 100.5 degrees. A high-grade fever may a sign of a more serious condition.


Coughing from a sinus infection with bloody discharge is from post-nasal drip, according to the NIAID. Post-nasal drip is the dripping of trapped mucus in the sinuses. The accumulated mucus in the throat causes coughing to loosen and rid the mucus from the throat. This can also lead to bad breath and a sore throat.


Someone suffering from sinusitis can become fatigued, according to MayoClinic.com. Fatigue is the body's responds to fighting off the infection in the sinuses. The body will want to rest in order to focus more energy on attacking the infection.

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