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Arizona PA says one major symptom of chronic sinusitis is facial pressure or pain

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• Signs of a sinus headache include swelling in the face, a feeling of fullness in the ears, a fever and persistent pain.

• Migraine headaches (not sinus headaches) may include nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light, noise or smells.

• Balloon sinuplasty is a highly effective solution for chronic sinusitis.

Arizona Breathe Free Sinus & Allergy Centers physician assistant Diana Ruiloba described the symptoms of chronic sinusitis in an interview with Arizona Business Daily.

“Sinusitis, by definition, is inflammation of the sinuses. As inflammation of the sinuses becomes chronic, it makes it more challenging for sinuses to function optimally," Ruiloba said. "Over time, chronic sinusitis can lead to a lack of functionality, which leads to persistent symptoms of nasal obstruction, facial pressure/pain and posterior nasal drainage. These persistent symptoms then begin to affect quality of life."

According to WebMD, inflamed sinuses produce more mucus than usual, which makes them unable to drain properly. The buildup can cause pain similar to a headache. Sinus headache symptoms include facial swelling, a feeling of clogged ears, a fever and constant pain in the cheekbones, forehead and nasal bridge.

Sometimes those who believe that they're experiencing a sinus headache are actually suffering from a migraine or tension headache or vice versa. According to the American Migraine Foundation, while sinus headaches and migraines do share some symptoms, migraines cause unique symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light, noises or smells.

While most sinus infections either clear up on their own or require minor treatments, such as antibiotics, some infections are chronic and require surgery. According to WebMD, those seeking sinus surgery can choose between an endoscopy and a balloon sinuplasty.

Balloon sinuplasty is preferable for patients who do not need to have anything removed from their sinuses. The doctor inserts a thin tube into the nose with a small balloon attached to one end, guides it to the blocked area and inflates it. The balloon then clears the passageway, allowing the sinuses to properly drain and relieve congestion.

If you're experiencing sinus headaches or chronic sinusitis, please take this Sinus Self-Assessment Quiz provided by Arizona Breathe Free Sinus & Allergy Centers.

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