Sinus pain

Sinus Pain

Sinus pain is a common symptom of sinusitis, a condition caused by inflammation of the sinus cavities. Sinus pain is typically experienced as facial tenderness and pressure of the affected sinus area. Nasal congestion, sneezing, and a runny nose are also common symptoms associated with sinusitis.

Causes of Sinus Pain

Sinus inflammation and infection are the two most common causes of sinus pain. Allergies, including hay fever, can also cause inflamed sinuses, leading to discomfort and sinus pain. Other potential causes include:

  • Facial trauma
  • Deviated septum
  • Cancer
  • Viral or bacterial infection

Treating Sinus Pain

The following may help to reduce pain associated with sinus inflammation:

  • Over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen
  • Nasal decongestants
  • Nasal steroids
  • Humidifier
  • Saline nasal rinse
  • Steam inhalation (using a bowl of hot, not boiling, water)

If symptoms persist, it is advised to make an appointment with a doctor.