Sinus Pain and Inflammation
The paranasal sinuses are pockets within the head behind the nose, eyes, cheeks and forehead that are designed to protect the body from infection. The cells within the tissue create mucus that traps bacteria and viruses, helping remove them from the body. When there is inflammation in the sinuses or surrounding tissues, they cannot work correctly. Sinus pain and inflammation go hand-in-hand, which may be caused by a variety of upper respiratory conditions. At Julie Zweig, MD Integrative Sleep & ENT, we offer diagnosis and treatment for sinus pain and inflammation at our clinic in Alpharetta, GA.
Inflammation of the sinuses is called sinusitis. This occurs when the mucosa or lining within the sinus cavities becomes swollen or inflamed. You can experience acute sinusitis that lasts for several days or up to a few weeks, which can result in sinus pain and pressure. When sinusitis lasts longer, it is called chronic sinusitis. Some of the possible causes of sinus inflammation includes:
- Nasal allergies
- Cold or flu
- Nasal polyps
- Enlarged adenoids
Anything that restricts the proper draining of the sinuses can lead to inflammation. Ongoing sinus inflammation can result in a bacterial or viral infection within the sinuses. One of the many symptoms of sinus infections is pain and pressure in the sinuses.
Other Causes of Sinus Pain
Not all sinus pain is caused by sinusitis or sinus infections. These hollow cavities range from the mid cheek right above the upper jaw up to the forehead around the eyes. Abnormalities within the jaw, teeth or nasal passages can result in sinus pain. An infected tooth or temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder can result in sinus inflammation or pain. While these issues are not caused by sinus infections, if they cause inflammation within the sinuses, it can result in sinusitis.
From the common cold and rhinitis to TMJ disorders and growths within the nasal passages, there are many possible causes of sinus inflammation. If you are experiencing sinus pain, our ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist, Dr. Julie Zweig, will find the source of your discomfort. Contact our clinic in Alpharetta, GA, to schedule your sinus exam and treatment appointment.