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Is it normal to have a sinus pain when sneezing?

Is it normal to have a sinus pain when sneezing?

Not generally: The pain usually occurs as a result of a pressure differential between your nose and the sinus cavity, suggesting there may be partial blockage of the sinus drainage. Use of a netti pot, other sinus irrigation or a decongestant might be helpful. If this does not work, see your local ENT doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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Sinus (Definition)

In anatomy, a sinus is a cavity within a bone or other tissue. Most commonly found in the bones of the face and connecting with the nasal cavities. Sinus (anatomy), description of the general term paranasal sinuses, air cavities in the cranial bones, especially those near the nose, including: the maxillary sinuses, also called the maxillary antra and the largest of the ...Read more


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Had cold 2 weeks ago and been suffering with sinus pain since and tiredness now started sneezing again and nose stuffy like I'm getting another cold ?

Had cold 2 weeks ago and been suffering with sinus pain since and tiredness now started sneezing again and nose stuffy like I'm getting another cold ?

Maybe: And general people get a viral sinus or restaurant faction and then a second worsening which is usually bacterial see primary care physician or Healthtap visit ...Read more

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Headache, sinus pain, blood when sneeze or blowing nose. Sinusitis?

Headache, sinus pain, blood when sneeze or blowing nose. Sinusitis?

Sinusitis: It sounds as if there may be sinusitis present, but best to undergo an exam by an ENT doctor and have this assessed appropriately. Good luck. ...Read more

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Yesterday allergies went crazy with sneezing and sudden faucet nose all night. Today heavy yellow mucus and severe sinus pain. Cold or sinus inf. ?

Yesterday allergies went crazy with sneezing and sudden faucet nose all night.  Today heavy yellow mucus and severe sinus pain.  Cold or sinus inf. ?

Hard to tell: If the problem continues for more than 10 days and the nasal discharge gets more discolored, then the chance of a bacterial sinus infection increases. Otherwise either allergic rhinitis or a viral sinusitis can present the same symptoms you have described. ...Read more

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I am experiencing nasal congestion, nasal drainage, runny nose, sneezing, post nasal drip and sinus pain.

I am experiencing  nasal congestion, nasal drainage, runny nose, sneezing, post nasal drip and sinus pain.

Common cold: The common cold virus can cause all your symptoms; care is purely supportive in nature. Antibiotics can't cure a viral infection. If your symptoms persist for more than 10 days or progressively worsen, there may be a role for antibiotic treatment of a sinus infection. Please see a doctor if you're concerned. ...Read more

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Is it normal for phlegm to smell bad? I've been sick for the last couple weeks i've had a cold and really bad sinus to the point that I have a lot of phlegm. In the last two days i've been spitting and sneezing a lot of stinky phlegm. Is this normal? And

Is it normal for phlegm to smell bad? I've been sick for the last couple weeks i've had a cold and really bad sinus to the point that I have a lot of phlegm. In the last two days i've been spitting and sneezing a lot of stinky phlegm. Is this normal? And

It : It is common for the phlegm to have a bad smell. This is usually due to odor causing bacteria that are present, especially when one is dealing with sinusitis. Once the infection clears, the "stinky" phlegm will go away as well. Make sure you see your doctor. You will likely need at least a two week course of antibiotics. Take care. ...Read more

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Is it normal for joints especially knees to feel weak a day after cold w101.1 fever, aches, cough, sneezing.Clear runny nose.Still have sinus congestion?

Is it normal for joints especially knees to feel weak a day after cold w101.1 fever, aches, cough, sneezing.Clear runny nose.Still have  sinus congestion?

Most definitely: Very common symptoms of a flu. If the symptoms of joint pains persist past the cold, then would talk to your doc. May also be good to run labs to make sure it is indeed a cold, as sometimes these symptoms are also due to other conditions that affect the immune system. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have swollen right superclavicular (~1cm) when experiencing left side sinus pain/cheekbone pain for previous 2 months?

Swollen what?: If you are talking about a lymph node, this is almost never normal. If the bone itself is "swollen", is it possibly you have broken it at some time? It is on the opposite side, but do you have a diagnosis for the sinus/cheek pain? Are there other swollen nodes in the neck, jaw, or armpit for example? You should probably be seen by someone who can evaluate all of this. Good luck! ...Read more

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Cold, congestion, sinus pain 1 week. Now better, but 2nd bout of it in 2 months. Got better without meds both times. Normal to get viruses so often?

Cold, congestion, sinus pain 1 week. Now better, but 2nd bout of it in 2 months. Got better without meds both times. Normal to get viruses so often?

Yes: Particularly this time of year. However, it is not unreasonable to explore potential causes of chronic rhinitis (allergy, irritant exposure, nasal polyps etc) which can cause you to be prone to worsened symptoms with an acute viral infection. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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Can a 'normal' headache, or headache caused by sinus pain turn into a migraine, if left untreated for too long?

Can a 'normal' headache, or headache caused by sinus pain turn into a migraine, if left untreated for too long?

Different animals: Sinus headaches are caused by increased pressure in the sinuses, usually by some sort of blockage. Migraines arise from different processes, though it hey are not fully understood. That said, untreated can sometimes lead to potentially serious consequences. So sinus infections that last for more than a few days or get worse should be evaluated by a physician. ...Read more

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Is it normal during a cold to wake up with INTENSE nose/sinus pain/pressure for at least several hours? (sorry never experienced this before)

Is it normal during a cold to wake up with INTENSE nose/sinus pain/pressure for at least several hours? (sorry never experienced this before)

Sinus swelling/pain: 24 year old male wakes with intense nose/sinus pain/ pressure for several hours due to infection causing inflammation and swelling of the nasal passages and the sinuses around the nose. Inflammation causes pain and swelling blocks the sinus and air passages making breathing uncomfortable. The position of the head while sleeping can also worsen the blockage. ...Read more

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Is it normal to get sinus pain, blocked nose and headache when really upset and crying? So bad head hurts next day but then gone.

Is it normal to get sinus pain, blocked nose and headache when really upset and crying? So bad head hurts next day but then gone.

Many ppl do. : Indeed. Emotions cause membranes to swell & block passages; tears run to nostrils and cause blowing, causing negative pressure in sinuses-voilĂ : pain. Not just big sinuses, but the honeycomb-like tiny chambers between the eyes can take hours to recover. Pseudoephedrine can help. ...Read more

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Hello it normal to have jaw ear head and sinus pain with a cold sore?

Hello it normal to have jaw ear head and sinus pain with a cold sore?

No: I would suspect separate causes. Pain/stress with jaw/sinus problem can be a trigger for viral activation and appearance of cold sore, but the jaw/sinus problems need to be evaluated to determine cause. ...Read more

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Any ideas on why i'm sneezing a lot after taking sinus congestion medicine?

Any ideas on why i'm sneezing a lot after taking sinus congestion medicine?

Sneezing: It isn't uncommon for someone to sneeze in response to nose sprays containing corticosteroids. ...Read more

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After a very violent sneeze, later I noticed an indent on frontal sinus right between my eyebrows. Quite painful to the touch. Should I be worried?

Yes: Sneezing should not cause any damage to your system. If you develop an indent which is painful, it should be checked out by your doctor. ...Read more

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Can you have rhinoplasty if you suffer from sinusitis? Would the surgery aggravate the sinus? Would you even be able to sneeze

Can you have rhinoplasty if you suffer from sinusitis? Would the surgery aggravate the sinus? Would you even be able to sneeze

Rhinoplasty: Not treating a sinus infection while performing a rhinoplasty may increase the chance of post-operative infection. Rhinoplasty can usually be performed at the same time as sinus surgery. A recent study suggested that post-operative swelling may last slightly longer when both surgeries are performed simultaneously. Consult with a board certified facial plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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How do I relive sinus/nasal pain from a blocked sneeze? It takes between a few minutes to a couple hours for the pressure to come out, why is that?

How do I relive sinus/nasal pain from a blocked sneeze? It takes between a few minutes to a couple hours for the pressure to come out, why is that?

Swelling: Likely part of what made you sneeze is swelling in your nasal passages / sinuses. So when you stifled the sneeze, it increased pressure in sinus(-es) which is trapped there temporarily, causing discomfort. Could try pseudoephedrine (from pharmacist) or nasal spray like Afrin (for BRIEF use--2-3 days max) to reduce swelling. If continues, see Dr for nasal steroid or antihistamine recc., depending. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Klein
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Sinus Pain (Definition)

Sinus pain = discomfort in cavities in the head & face. This may be due to congestion or infection of the sinuses. See this article ...Read more