Do you have pain between your eyes that won’t go away? Perhaps your ears feel full? Are constant headaches a norm these days? Are you unable to taste the food you eat?

You might be experiencing sinus problems!

Sinus problems can cause uncomfortable symptoms. A constantly runny nose, trouble sleeping at night or losing your sense of smell might occur. Other symptoms can include:

  • Nasal congestion
  • Fullness in ears
  • Inability to taste food
  • Frequent headaches
  • Facial pain
  • Cough

Causes of Sinus Congestion

  • Viral sinusitis: Part of the common cold.
  • Bacterial sinusitis: A complication where viral sinusitis becomes secondarily infected with bacteria.
  • Allergic sinusitis: Sinus congestion that commonly occurs with nasal allergies (e.g., from pollens). Associated sneezing, itchy nose and clear nasal discharge point to this cause.

Treatment of Sinusitis

  • Viral sinusitis: Nasal washes with saline. (Antibiotics are not helpful.)
  • Bacterial sinusitis: Oral antibiotics.
  • Allergic sinusitis: Treatment of the nasal allergy with antihistamines.

If your symptoms last longer than two weeks, you should schedule an appointment with Anthony Jackson, MD, otolaryngologist, Outer Banks Health Ear, Nose & Throat252-449-5760. He can prescribe medication to alleviate the pain, order an X-ray or a CAT scan, or possibly recommend surgery.


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