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Sinus & nasal problems

Your sinuses are hollow areas behind your cheekbones and forehead, and around your eyes. Your sinuses make mucus to moisten the air you breathe. If your sinuses get blocked, infected, or swollen, the mucus can’t drain from them. Your doctor will treat your sinus problems differently depending on what is causing them.

Sinus infections can be caused by:

  • Bacterial, viral, or fungal infection
  • Tobacco smoke, air pollution, hay fever, or other allergies or irritants
  • A nasal deformity that makes it hard for your sinuses to drain well
  • Sneezing hard with your mouth closed, or blowing your nose too much

Symptoms of a sinus infection are:

  • Fever
  • Green, yellow, or bloody mucus coming from your nose
  • Bad breath
  • A bad taste in the back of your throat
  • Cough that gets worse at night
  • Feeling tired
  • Stuffy nose
  • Swelling around your eyes, nose, cheeks, and forehead
  • Pain between your nose and lower eyelid, or in your cheek or upper jaw
  • Pressure in your head
  • Headache that doesn’t get better with over-the-counter medicines
  • Headache that hurts worse in the morning or when you bend forward

Treatment

See your doctor if you have symptoms of a sinus infection. If your sinus problems are not caused by an infection, a decongestant can help you breathe easier.

You can also:

  • Use a cool mist humidifier, especially in your bedroom
  • Use a warm or cold compress or washcloth over your sinuses on your face to help with pain
  • Drink plenty of liquids

Our Physicians

Rex ENT Specialists can help you with your sinus problems. Dr. John A. Garside, M.D., can diagnose and treat your sinus problems so you can breathe easier. Dr. Garside specializes in treating ear, nose and throat disorders in adults and children.

Resources

To learn more about sinus problems, visit the American Academy of Otolaryngology

 

 
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