Have you ever experienced unbearable pain around your nose, eyes and forehead? This condition is known as sino facial pain. If a patient is suffering from severe sino facial pain, they should seek treatment from an ENT specialist. At ENT London, our ear, nose and throat doctors are amongst the leading ENT specialists, not just in London but the whole of the United Kingdom.
Our doctors at ENT London are committed to providing the highest level of patient care in a relaxing and comfortable environment. We understand the impact that sino facial pain can have on a person's life and hence place a strong emphasis on ensuring the best measures are taking to treat the condition as promptly as possible.
What are Sinuses?
Sinuses are small air pockets that extend from within the nose, to the bones of the skull. They are a component of the nasal air and membrane system that secretes mucus. Sinuses are linked to the nose through small openings. In a normal day, all foreign matter entering the nose is swept into the mucus, where it flows down the throat, until it is broken down by the acids in the stomach.
However, when nasal passages become affected by allergies, pollution or infection, the sinuses can begin to produce extra mucus. A swelling of the nasal membranes and other blockages, leads to irregular pressure in the sinuses and the collection of mucus. This can result in sino facial pain. The area affected by sino facial pain depends on which sinus is affected. Some regions affected by sino facial pain are:
• Forehead or face.
• Between the eyes, or behind them.
• Upper cheeks and teeth.
Some of the main causes of sino facial pain are chronic rhinitis, allergic rhinitis, sinusitis, inflammatory nasal polyps and nasal neoplasm. Infectious conditions such as acute bacterial sinusitis can also cause severe pain in the face and forehead.
Some individuals are more susceptible to sino facial pain. They include:
• Individuals with allergies
• Individuals with deformities in the nose.
Like with all medical conditions the first step is to make an accurate diagnosis of the problem. This will involve the ENT specialist first taking a detailed medical history to ensure an accurate diagnosis for the cause of the sino facial pain is made. The treatment prescribed by the ENT specialist will then depend on both its cause and severity. Depending on how serious a patient's condition is, treatment may involve the prescription of medications such as analgesics or antibiotics or ENT surgery.