If your sinuses become infected or irritated by allergy, common cold or bacterial, viral, and fungal infection, you may also be prone to other problems. These problems can cause pain, affect your ability to function, and result in your becoming irritable and frustrated.
If you have ongoing pain and discomfort in your sinuses, you may have sinusitis, which is an infection that affects the para-nasal sinuses, which are commonly known as the sinus cavity.
These cavities are located in the bones near the nose and between the eyes, and once they become infected, that infection can cause a range of symptoms.
The pressure that builds up in the irritated sinus cavities can cause headaches ranging from those that persistently create a dull throb in your head to the type of headache pain that is cutting and severe.
Headaches are a common symptom of sinusitis and although pain relievers can help the pain to some degree, it will not go away entirely or completely until the infection is addressed.
Coughing, scratchy throat, loss of voice can all occur with sinusitis. These throat problems make it difficult for people to function, especially if they have to communicate orally.
Various forms of home remedies can sooth the distress caused by sinusitis, but, as it is with headaches caused by a sinus infection, the sinusitis must be addressed before the symptoms can be controlled and your throat irritation eliminated.
Hearing Loss and Serious Problems
If you suffer from acute sinusitis, you may experience hearing loss. With acute sinusitis, your hearing will be restored to normal once the infection is gone.
However, chronic sinusitis, which does often involve temporary hearing loss, may develop into a permanent condition. This occurs when chronic sinusitis involves other complications, such as ear infection.
If your sinus infection spreads to your ear, specifically the middle ear, pressure increases on the eardrum as fluid is discharged from the sinuses into the ears.
With the flow of fluid and developing pressure behind the eardrum, the Eustachian tube, which is located from the throat to the middle ear, gets blocked and swells up. When this happens, there is pressure on the eardrum, which causes pain and loss of hearing.
Once your sinusitis is cured, the fluid will drain and pressure will be relieved. With that, hearing is restored. However, in young children this condition can cause permanent damage due to the fact that the ear is not totally developed and the fluid may remain in the area.
More fluid may accumulate with the result being a damaged or ruptured eardrum and permanent hearing loss. Thus, especially in children, it’s important to treat sinusitis before the infection affects the ears.
Get Relief Now
If you are suffering from sinus pain and have any of the symptoms above and cannot get relief, call Dr. Light for sinus treatment in West Palm Beach at 561-737-8584. You may also contact our office by filling out the convenient, short form located to the right on this page. It is important to address your sinus infection.
If left untreated, it can cause ongoing symptoms that make it difficult to function, and in children it can lead to serious ear problems, including hearing loss. Treatment for ear infections is usually fast, painless, and simple.