Chronic Sinus Infection Treatment

Don't Let Severe Sinus Pressure and Pain Make Your Life Miserable

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Get lasting relief from chronic sinus infections

Are you suffering from sinus pain you can’t get rid of? Do you have a cold or infection that keeps coming back? If so, you may be suffering from chronic sinusitis. Other symptoms of sinusitis (chronic sinus infections or pain) include:

  • Persistent sneezing, sniffling, coughing
  • Restless nights
  • Daytime fatigue
  • Postnasal drip
  • Nasal congestion
  • Headache around the eyes or nose
  • Achy facial pressure
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
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What causes sinus pressure and pain?

Our sinus cavity is the hollow space behind our eyes and nose. It helps us by assisting in airflow and allowing us to breathe easier. Problems start to occur when our sinus cavity becomes swollen.  The swelling can lead to stuffiness, congestion, and the disruption of airflow. Swelling also causes bacteria to become trapped and this leads to pain and infection. 

Various factors can lead to irritation in the nasal passages and subsequent sinus pressure symptoms:

Environmental triggers - Exposure to airborne contaminants, including allergens, can lead to the accumulation of mucus and increased sinus pressure.

Sinus infection - Known medically as sinusitis, a sinus infection might be the reason for your sinus pressure and discomfort. If you suspect a sinus infection, consult with your doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment options.

The common cold - Colds vary, and some may include symptoms like mucus build-up, leading to sinus pressure and pain.

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Structural nasal problems - Conditions such as nasal polyps or other blockages can impede mucus drainage from the nose, potentially causing infections.

You may feel pain throughout your head and face:

  • Frontal Sinuses: pain and headaches in the forehead area.
  • Ethmoid Sinuses: pain between the eyes and on the bridge of the nose.
  • Maxillary Sinuses: pain in the cheeks, upper jaw, or teeth.
  • Sphenoid Sinuses: pain behind the eyes, on the top of the scalp, or at the back of the head.

Home Remedies for Sinus Infections, Pain, and Pressure

Whether your sinus symptoms are caused by a cold or bacterial infection, you may have tried some of these home remedies.

Try a Saline Nose Spray

This kind of spray can alleviate sinus swelling and assist in clearing mucus from your nose. Safe for use up to six times a day, it's free from significant side effects.

Use a Humidifier

For those with stuffy sinuses, humidified air can be very beneficial. Implementing a humidifier, especially during nighttime, can help keep your sinuses clear and reduce pressure. Additionally, spending time in a steam-filled bathroom post-shower or inhaling steam from a pot of hot water can offer quick relief.

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Apply a Warm Compress

Place a warm, damp washcloth over your forehead, eyes, and cheeks to help reduce swelling and pain.

Use an OTC Decongestant Nose Spray

Over-the-counter decongestant sprays can provide immediate relief from congestion, particularly at the start of a cold. Available in spray, liquid, or pill form.

Take OTC Pain Relievers

Medications like acetaminophen or ibuprofen can help alleviate sinus pain.

Home remedies not getting rid of your sinus pain?

You may find a moment of success using sinus pressure medicine or decongestants. However, this typically is not a long-term solution when it comes to fighting sinusitis.

The reality can seem like there is no end in sight. But relief is possible.

Finding lasting relief means getting to the root of the issue. That’s what we do best at Cumberland Valley ENT.

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When to see your doctor

Make an appointment with your doctor if you have a fever, nasal discharge, congestion, or facial pain that lasts longer than ten days or keeps coming back. A fever is not a typical symptom of either chronic or acute sinusitis, but it is possible. 

You could have an underlying condition that is causing your chronic infections, in which case, you may need special treatment. 

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Schedule an appointment with a Cumberland Valley ENT doctor if:

  • You've had sinusitis several times, and the condition doesn't respond to treatment
  • You have sinusitis symptoms that last more than 10 days
  • Your symptoms don't improve after you see your doctor

See a doctor immediately if you have the following signs or symptoms which could indicate a serious infection:

  • Fever
  • Swelling or redness around your eyes
  • Severe headache
  • Forehead swelling
  • Confusion
  • Double vision or other vision changes
  • Stiff neck

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