Treatment Options For Sinus Pain

By Dr. Andrew Parker
February 23, 2016
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A little nasal discomfort and sinus pain from time to time is normal. Mild inflammation of the nasal cavity and bacterial buildups due to the common cold are the most common cause of short term sinus pain, and can generally be treated sinus infectionwith over the counter cold and flu medication. But when sinus pain and pressure persists or frequently reoccurs, it may be a sign of a sinus infection. In rarer cases, it can be a symptom of a secondary medical condition.

Signs and Symptoms of a Sinus Infection

Dr. Andrew J. Parker, an ear, nose and throat specialist in New Canaan, CT evaluates patients suffering from sinus pain on a case by case basis to determine the cause and most appropriate treatment option. Standard sinus pain caused by seasonal colds and allergies is generally treated by a combination of three treatments available over the counter: nasal spray, antihistamines, and decongestants. The products can help to reopen clogged nasal passages, treat mild to moderate allergy symptoms, and reduce phlegm and mucus congestion.

Secondary Causes of Sinus Pain and Inflammation

When nasal irritation is not a result of seasonal allergies or a common cold, it may be a symptom of an underlying medical condition. Some of the other potential causes of sinus pain and pressure include:

  • Deviated septum (the membrane that separates the nostrils is displaced to one side, causing difficulty breathing and nasal obstruction)
  • Sinusitis/Rhinitis
  • Nasal polyps
  • Allergies
  • Facial/nasal trauma
  • Asthma
  • Smoking
  • Upper respiratory infections
  • Secondary medical conditions, such as HIV and other immune system disorders, gastro-esophageal reflux, cystic fibrosis

Treatment will depend on the severity and source of the pain. If symptoms do not respond to over the counter medication, or if they return in fairly close succession, it may be necessary to see an New Canaan ENT specialist to rule out sinusitis or a medical condition.

Sinus Treatment in New Canaan

If you are experiencing sinus pain, congestion, or difficulty breathing, contact Parker Ear, Nose & Throat in New Canaan, CT at (203)866-8121 to schedule an appointment today.