Sinus Pressure Specialist

Paul Schalch Lepe, MD, FACS -  - Ear, Nose & Throat Specialist

Silenso Clinic

Paul Schalch Lepe, MD, FACS

Ear, Nose & Throat Specialist & Sleep Medicine Specialist located in San Diego, CA

Sinus pressure might not feel like a big deal at first, but if it lasts longer than a few days, it can be exhausting. At Silenso Clinic in San Diego, California, Paul Schalch Lepe, MD, FACS, provides evaluations for sinus pressure caused by allergies, sinusitis, and more. To relieve your sinus pressure with noninvasive or minimally invasive treatments, call Silenso Clinic, or book an appointment online today.

Sinus Pressure Q&A

What is sinus pressure?

Your sinuses are the hollow cavities within your nose and face. In total, you have four pairs of them:

  • Frontal sinuses: in the center of your forehead
  • Maxillary sinuses: behind your cheekbones
  • Sphenoid sinuses: on the sides of your head
  • Ethmoid sinuses: between your nasal cavity and brain

Your sinuses are responsible for producing mucus to lubricate your nasal passages, regulate the air temperature, and filter the air you breathe. 

If you have sinus pressure, you might feel it in any or all of your sinuses. Sinus pressure feels uncomfortable, often resulting in headaches, a stuffy nose, or aching on the roof of your mouth. Some causes of sinus pressure are acute or short-term and easy to treat. Others might require more advanced clinical treatment at Silenso Clinic. 

What causes sinus pressure?

The experts at Silenso Clinic can help you identify the specific condition or trigger causing the pressure in your sinuses. Your provider evaluates your symptoms and medical history to identify the cause accurately. Some common causes of sinus pressure are:

Sinusitis

Sinusitis refers to inflammation in your sinus cavities, and it can be either acute or chronic. It causes other symptoms like mucus and a loss of sense of smell and often occurs after you have a viral cold. 

Allergies

Allergies happen when your immune system reacts to something that shouldn’t cause such a reaction, called an allergen. Allergens that cause sinus pressure are often airborne, like pollen or pet dander. 

Cold and flu

Cold and flu are typically viral infections. They cause symptoms like runny or stuffy nose, headaches, and sinus pressure. 

What are my treatment options for sinus pressure?

In many cases, you can find relief for sinus pressure with home care. It can help to use a humidifier in your home to add moisture to the air, drink lots of water, or use a Neti pot according to its instructions to open and clear your airways.

You should consider booking an appointment for sinus pressure relief at Silenso Clinic if you frequently use over-the-counter medications in an attempt to clear your sinuses or if your sinus pressure is severe enough to interfere with your daily life. After an evaluation, your provider might recommend:

  • Decongestants
  • Antihistamines
  • Allergy medications
  • Identifying and avoiding your triggers

If your sinus pressure comes from chronic sinusitis, you might need more advanced treatment. Your provider might recommend minimally invasive treatments like VivAer® or Celon radiofrequency treatments, or balloon sinuplasty. These treatments provide lasting relief for chronic sinusitis and the sinus pressure that comes with it.

To find out why you feel ongoing sinus pressure and explore treatments, call Silenso Clinic, or book an appointment online today.

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