Before we find out ways to get relief from ‘Sinus Pressure’, let’s first understand what a ‘Sinus’ actually is?
What is Sinus?
Sinus in Latin means “bay”, “pocket”, or “fold”. It refers to an air-filled passage in human organs and tissues. In this, the way of sinuses is blocked. They filled with mucus which results in pain and pressure. Though there are many sinuses in the human body we are talking about ‘Paranasal Sinuses’ here only. Another name of the sinus is sinusitis.
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Paranasal sinuses come in a set of pairs surrounding the nasal passage (air-filled space above and behind the nose in the face) and are located in the cranial bones or skull. The presence of these sinuses is very important as they serve the following important functions.
There are two different sinuses one is acute another one is chronic.
Acute sinuses happen due to allergies or virus such as the cold. Sometimes it may develop in bacterial infection. Chronic sinuses are due to fungus such as a weak immune system.
An important function of Sinus
- Allows voice resonance
- It helps in filtering and add moisture to air inhaled from nasal passages removing unwanted particles at the same time.
- Lighten weight from the skull.
The four paranasal sinuses, named accordingly to the bones where they are placed:
- Ethmoid: located in the upper part of the nose in the middle of the eyes.
- Frontal: triangular-shaped sinus, located in a bottom part of the forehead over eyes and eyebrows.
- Maxillary: largest among four, in cheekbones next to the nose.
- Sphenoid: located behind the eyes.
Symptoms for an ear infection is ear pain and hearing loss. In this, you will sense your hearing is muffled. It may include the pain in the throat or fluid in the middle ear.
Some acute sinuses symptoms
- The nasal passage is blocked.
- Running nose.
- Cough and cold.
- The sense of smell is reduced.
- Facial pain and pressure.
- A toothache.
- A headache.
Sinus Pressure in Ears
When one or more of these paranasal sinuses become congested, it results in blockage of sinuses called “Sinusitis”. This blockage causes pressure within affected areas like cheeks, eyes, nose and on one side of the head leading to severe headaches.
Blocked sinuses also lead to ears pain, temporary hearing loss, and dizziness in a person. Normally, sinusitis effect nose but, sometimes the symptoms extend to ears too!
Blocking of the Eustachian tube is yet another reason resulting in in-ear pressure or Sinus pressure. Air pressure inside ear differs from the outside eardrum, resulting in blocking of Eustachian Tube. Altitude changes are one of the prominent examples of same.
Remedial measures for sinus pressure –
- To ease Ear pressure, one can use nasal saline spray a couple of times a day. It aids in sinus decongestion. Using Humidifiers will also be a good option as it will help in drying up sinuses.
- Avoid extreme temperatures – both, hot or cold weather conditions can worsen sinuses.
- Always keep your head-up.
- Blocking one nostril at a time or vice-versa also helps in decongestion.
- Avoid caffeine, alcohol & tobacco products.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Take a steam treatment.
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