Sinus problems are very common. They may cause uncomfortable symptoms, such as pain and pressure in the head or face. They can also make it hard to breathe easily through the nose. Fatigue is the most common symptom of chronic sinus infection.
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Sinuses are hollow air-filled chambers within the bones of the face and head. Problems develop when these chambers become blocked and can’t ventilate properly. Causes of blockage include colds or other infections, allergies, polyps and tumors. Frequently, obstruction can be relieved with medicine or surgery.
Sinus problems can cause a number of symptoms, which include:
- Facial pain, pressure, tenderness, or swelling
- A stuffy nose (nasal congestion)
- Thick drainage from the nose
- Postnasal drip
- Reduced sense of smell and taste
- Tiredness (fatigue)
- Bad breath
Treatment options depend on the cause of your sinus problem and the severity and duration of your symptoms. They also depend on whether your problems are acute or chronic. You and your doctor will work together to decide on a treatment plan. The goals of treatment are to reduce inflammation, improve drainage and ventilation, and treat any infection if needed. Our treatment plan could include a combination of: