What does sinus pressure feel like?

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Sinus pressure is characterized by a dull to deep throbbing sensation in the front of the head and face that is caused by an inflammation in the sinus cavities around the nose, eyes and cheeks, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Often aggravated by bending down and cold, damp weather, sinus pressure typically begins upon waking and is alleviated somewhat by the afternoon, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.

During a bout with sinus pressure, many people experience a dripping, runny nose and even the congestion of the tubes leading to the ears, giving the sensation of clogged ears or fluid in the ears, according to the American Academy of Otolaryngology. Sinus pressure can also cause localized facial pain, sore throat, fever and a general state of not feeling well, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.

According to WebMD, it is important for people to keep nasal passageways moist when experiencing sinus pressure to help alleviate the symptoms. This is done by using a humidifier or vaporizer, taking hot showers, drinking lots of fluids and using a nasal saline spray solution, according to WebMD. A warm compress applied to the face as well as sleeping with the head slightly elevated on pillows can also help to lessen sinus pressure, according to WebMD.

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