Whether from seasonal allergies or a bout with a cold or flu, most people have experienced the throbbing and aching sensation across sinus painthe nose, forehead, eyes, and cheekbones that characterizes sinus pain. Like a cold or the flu itself, the intensity and duration of the pain can range from mild discomfort over the course of a few days, to stop-the-world-and-let-me-off-for-a-week.

Cold and Flu-Related Sinus Pain

Not all sinus pain attacks are created equal. When caused by seasonal cold and flu, sinus symptoms can usually be relieved with over the counter medication and remedies. The most common sinus pain and symptom remedies include:

  • Saline spray for decongestion and to relieve swelling
  • A humidifier for blocked sinuses
  • Warm compress to relieve pain and swelling across the face
  • Nasal decongestants
  • Antihistamines
  • Pain relievers - acetaminophen, ibuprofen, naproxen, or aspirin (consult with a pediatric ENT for children)

Generally, symptoms should clear up within a week to ten days. If symptoms persist for longer or do not respond to over the counter treatments, it could be a sign of a bacterial sinus infection, which usually require a prescription for antibiotics.

Treatment for a Bacterial Sinus Infection in Thousand Oaks

Thousand Oaks, CA-based West Coast ENT advises sinus pain sufferers to schedule an appointment with an ear, nose and throat specialist if the pain and symptoms persist for several weeks, or if they are suffering from several sinus infections a year.

Find an ENT in Thousand Oaks

Occasional, mild to moderate sinus pain can be part of the annual cold and flu season. However when symptoms persist or frequently reoccur, it could be a sign of a bacterial infection. For more information on sinusitis and to schedule an appointment with a head and neck doctor, contact West Coast Ear Nose Throat by calling (805) 379-9646 to schedule an appointment today.