Your passion for healthy living brought you here - let's keep talking!

Sign up for our FREE Healthy Living newsletter to get the latest health news, nutrition tips, special offers, and delicious recipes from Health.com

X

Sinus Infection Relief

Find out how to spot sinus infection symptoms and ease the pain—or even stop your next sinus infection before it gets started

10 Sinus Infection Symptoms

If you've been congested or had other symptoms for weeks, you may have a sinus infection.
sinus-bad-breath

Credit: Corbis

7 of 13

You’ve got bad breath

Halitosis—that noxious, embarrassing smell emanating from your mouth—is an unwanted by-product of the colored discharge that collects in your sinuses and nose and drips into the back of your throat.

The organisms that cause the infection produce volatile by-products that contribute to the smell. "Bad breath occurs because [breath] mixes with the odor from the infection," Dr. Papa says.

But Dr. Papa adds that sinus infections can affect your breath in other ways, too. The infection as well as medications like antibiotics used to treat the infection can dry out the mouth and contribute to bad breath.

Next: You cough up phlegm

Previous
Next
» View All

Get the latest health, fitness, anti-aging, and nutrition news, plus special offers, insights and updates from Health.com!

More Ways to Connect with Health
Advertisement