While nasal infections are unpleasant to deal with, they’re usually nothing to worry about. However, in rare cases, the infection may lead to complications and require medical intervention.
Cellulitis occurs when an infection spreads beneath the skin to other areas. Signs of nasal cellulitis may include redness, pain, and swelling at the tip of the nose, extending to the cheeks.
Other symptoms of cellulitis may include:
- Skin that feels warm to the touch
- Dimpling of the skin
- Red spots or blisters
If you suspect you have cellulitis, it’s important to seek medical attention immediately, as the infection can spread to other areas of the body, causing serious health complications.
Nasal polyps are non-cancerous growths that develop on the lining of the sinuses or nose. They can cause symptoms such as:
- Nasal congestion
- Difficulty breathing through the nose
- Loss of smell
- A runny or stuffy nose
- Facial pain or pressure
Nasal polyps are usually caused by inflammation in the nasal passages due to allergies or other conditions such as asthma. You’re more likely to develop nasal polyps through chronic sinusitis, but they may also be triggered by nasal vestibulitis.
Nasal polyps are typically treated with corticosteroid sprays, but surgery may be required in more severe cases.
Cavernous sinus thrombosis
Cavernous sinus thrombosis is a condition in which a blood clot forms in the cavernous sinus, a space located at the base of the brain behind the eyes.
You should seek treatment immediately if you have had a nasal infection and begin to experience symptoms such as:
- Severe headache
- Severe facial pain, particularly around the eyes
- Blurred or double vision
- Drooping eyelids
- Eye swelling
Treatment typically begins with intravenous antibiotics. In some cases, surgery may also be necessary to drain any boils that have formed.