Could your facial pain be caused by a sinus infection?
Experiencing facial pain and pressure can be downright miserable. Perhaps this is your first time dealing with it, and you have no idea what could be causing your symptoms. All you know is that you want to get this problem treated, and fast. While many people turn to specialists for their facial pain and never get the answers they need, our Chesterfield, MO, ENT doctor Dr. Paul Burk and the team at Ear Nose and Throat Balloon Sinuplasty are dedicated to making sure you get the treatment you need to get facial pain and pressure under control.
What is sinusitis?
Sinusitis, also known as a sinus infection, occurs when there is inflammation or an infection within the nasal cavity. This is, by far, the most common reason patients experience facial pain. Most sinus infections are the result of a virus; however, sometimes they can be bacterial or in even rarer cases, they can be fungal. While a viral sinus infection will clear up on its own, bacterial or fungal infections will require antibiotics or antifungal medication from our Chesterfield, MO, ENT doctor to treat the problem.
Most acute sinus infections only last about 10 days to two weeks; however, chronic forms can last 12 weeks or more where symptoms are recurring.
What are some other causes?
Again, sinus infections tend to be the most common reason why people deal with facial pain; however, it isn’t the only cause. Your facial pain could also be caused by,
- Nasal polyps
- Nasal obstruction or blockage
- Dental infection
- Headaches and migraines
Of course, our Chesterfield, MO, ENT doctor also understands how unnerving this can be, especially if this is the first time you’ve ever dealt with a sinus infection. This is why you should come into our office if you’re dealing with new or worsening nasal symptoms.
Don’t let facial pain impact your quality of life. If this is something you’re currently dealing with, or deal with regularly, our Chesterfield, MO, ENT doctor Dr. Burk and the staff at Ear Nose and Throat Balloon Sinuplasty are ready to help. Call us today at (314) 477-4995.