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Have you ever experienced excruciating pain around your nose, eyes, and forehead? This condition is known as sinofacial pain. If a patient is suffering from severe sinofacial pain, they should seek treatment from an otolaryngologist. At ENT London, our ENT specialists are among the leading ENT specialists, not just in London but throughout the UK.
Our doctors at ENT London are committed to providing the highest standard of patient care in a relaxed and comfortable environment. We understand the impact that sinofacial pain can have on a person’s life, and therefore we place great emphasis on ensuring that the best steps are taken to treat the condition as soon as possible.
What are paranasal sinuses?
The sinuses are small air sacs that extend from the inside of the nose to the bones of the skull. They are a component of the nasal air-membrane system that secretes mucus. The sinuses are connected to the nose through small openings. On a normal day, all the foreign matter that enters the nose is drawn into the mucus, where it flows down the throat until it is broken down by stomach acids.
However, when the nasal passages are affected by allergies, pollution, or infection, the sinuses can begin to produce extra mucus. An inflammation of the nasal membranes and other blockages leads to irregular sinus pressure and mucus buildup. This can result in sinofacial pain. The area affected by sinofacial pain depends on the affected sinus. Some regions affected by sinofacial pain are:
• Front or face.
• Between the eyes, or behind them.
• Cheeks and upper teeth.
Some of the main causes of sinofacial pain are chronic rhinitis, allergic rhinitis, sinusitis, inflammatory nasal polyps, and nasal neoplasms. Infectious conditions like acute bacterial sinusitis can also cause severe pain in the face and forehead.
Some people are more susceptible to sinofacial pain. They include:
• Individuals with allergies
• Individuals with deformities in the nose.
As with all medical conditions, the first step is to make an accurate diagnosis of the problem. This will involve the otolaryngologist first taking a detailed medical history to ensure an accurate diagnosis of the cause of the sinofacial pain is made. The treatment prescribed by the otolaryngologist will then depend on both its cause and its severity. Depending on the severity of the patient’s condition, treatment may involve prescription medications such as pain relievers or antibiotics or ENT surgery.