Sinus cavities are a very important part of the body. Infection or inflammation in the cavities can cause immense pain and pressure. Sinus pressure refers to the pressure caused by an inflamed, infected or mucous filled sinus cavity. Sinus pressure symptoms are similar to symptoms of a common cold which do not respond to common medication which is usually given for a cold. Sinus pressure can also be caused due to an allergy of some kind. People living in dusty areas complain of sinus more often.
There are four main sinus cavities in the body. They are located on either side of the nose, behind and in-between the eyes, and in the forehead. Each sinus cavity has an opening into the nose for the exchange of air and mucous. When the cavities get filled with mucous it creates a perfect breeding ground for bacteria.
Some of the most common sinus pressure symptoms include severe nasal congestion and yellowish green discharge which is thick because it contains pus. Pain in the teeth is also very normal. This pain increases when you bend over. Symptoms may vary however, depending on the sinuses involved.
Sinus pressure symptoms normally occur for about ten days and they may carry on for a longer period if a cold or flu occurs. They normally worsen after five to seven days. In some cases fever also occurs. Fever is more common in children than in adults therefore it is not a very reliable way of diagnosing sinus pressure.
Far more severe sinus pressure symptoms are terrible headaches, pain or pressure in specific areas of the face and redness in the eyes. Bulging and painful eyes also occur if the sinus infection occurs around the eyes. In some cases, the patients also have double vision or even temporary vision loss. A persistent cough (especially during the day), fever and fatigue are also symptoms of sinus pressure. The most common symptom of sinus pressure is facial pain.
Rare complications along with sinusitis can produce additional symptoms, which may be severe or life threatening. It is very important to treat sinus pressure symptoms quickly before they get unbearably painful.