Sinus Pain Symptoms & Causes
It’s good to recognize the common symptoms of sinusitis which include cough, sore
throat, headache, fever, loss of smell and stuffy nose. These symptoms can occur when
the mucus lining of the sinuses becomes inflamed due to bacterial, viral or fungal
infection. Often time home remedy is the best option because a virus must run its
course. However, there are times when a trip to the doctor’s office is prudent.
These times include when your symptoms don’t improve or they worsen within a few
days, if you have a history of chronic sinusitis or a high fever.
Diagnosis & Treatment
When you see your doctor he or she may perform a physical exam, nasal endoscopy, CT or MRI scan. The doctor might also take a sinus culture or perform allergy skin tests. Depending on the root cause of your symptoms your doctor could offer nasal spray, over-the-counter pain killer and in some cases antibiotics. If your sinusitis was brought on by allergies then allergy immunotherapy shots or drops may be another option.
Preventing sinusitis can be the best way to avoid the misery of the symptoms and treatments. Because sinusitis can be triggered by the common cold, do your best to wash your hands, blow your nose properly and sneeze into your shoulder rather than your hands. Avoiding cigarette smoke and polluted air also helps to keep your sinuses clean and infection free. Using a humidifier is also a good idea.