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Specialized Sinus Care
in Cedar Park, TX

Breathe ENT in Cedar Park, TX has a dedicated sinus center focused on diagnosing and treating acute and chronic sinus conditions in children and adults. Whether you’re experiencing pain, trouble breathing, or allergy-like symptoms, our board-certified ear, nose, and throat physician can provide the care you need to treat your condition effectively. Contact us to schedule an appointment today.

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Common Causes of Sinus Pain

The human head has four pairs of sinuses located around the nose, eyes, and cheeks. These hollow spaces’ primary function is to provide the mucus that moisturizes the nose. When the sinuses become inflamed, the pressure can create pain and discomfort in different parts of the face. Everyone experiences sinus pain now and then due to something minor, such as the common cold. However, prolonged pain and discomfort are usually the signs of a more serious issue that will not heal on its own. Inflammation is typically the cause of pain, and there are various factors that can contribute to this, such as:

  • Allergies
  • Smoke
  • Colds
  • Sinusitis
  • Weakened immune system
  • Deviated septum

What Are the Different Types of Sinus Conditions?

Patients experience a wide range of sinus conditions, and even similar problems affect individuals differently. If you have had a long-term recurring issue with sinuses or there is an issue that has come on suddenly, it could be one of the common conditions we see in patients, such as:

Sinusitis

This can be an acute or chronic condition that causes a buildup of mucus in the sinuses, leading to congestion, discomfort, and pain.

Upper Respiratory Illness

A cold or bacterial infection that affects the upper respiratory system often includes the sinuses, causing congestion, excessive mucus discharge, and runny noses.

Rhinitis (Allergies)

Sinus allergies are often caused by pollen or dust mites and cause excessive sneezing, runny nose, and watery eyes. All of this irritation can lead to inflammation of the sinus cavities.

Nasal Polyps

Polyps are soft, non-cancerous growths that line the nose bone, causing swelling, blockages, and pain.

Nasal Structural Abnormalities

These can include a deviated septum or narrow passageways that lead to swelling and pain.

Trauma

An accident that involves force to the face or nose can cause sinus pain and require medical attention, even if the nose is not broken.

Male doctor examined female patient

When To See a Sinus Specialist

If you are experiencing a common cold that comes with mucus buildup, nasal pain, and a runny nose, you do not need to make an appointment to have your sinuses looked at right away. This type of acute sinusitis can also be accompanied by ear pressure, aching teeth, and headaches. Most often these resolve themselves within 10 days. If your sinus condition includes any of the following, we recommend scheduling an appointment with a physician:

  • Sinusitis symptoms lasting longer than 10 days
  • High fever
  • Confusion
  • Changes in vision
  • Chronic sinus problems throughout the year
  • Over-the-counter medications or saline sprays do not relieve problems
  • Sinus issues keep you from enjoying life

Schedule an Appointment
With a Sinus Specialist

Occasional allergies and the common cold will cause sinus pain and discomfort for all of us, but if you have extended symptoms for an extended period of time, contact Breathe ENT in Cedar Park, TX. We can diagnose and offer treatments for various issues at our sinus center to make you more comfortable. Contact us today.

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