What is Maxillary Sinusitis?

And How Do I Treat It?

Maxillary sinusitis is the inflammation of the maxillary sinus. The maxillary sinus is located behind your upper cheek bones. When mucus gets backed up within your sinus, it becomes easier to get a sinus infection via pathogens such as Streptococcus pneumonia and Haemophilus influenza. When these pathogens begin to grow and thrive within the thick warm mucus within your sinuses then you can develop maxillary sinusitis. Maxillary sinusitis is simply an infection of the maxillary sinus and can cause a lot of painful facial pressure for the sufferer. Many people refer to this as a “head cold”.

MRI showing the maxillary sinusesCredit: By Markhamilton (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Signs of Maxillary Sinusitis

Sign of maxillary sinusitis include pain and pressure, especially right below the eye sockets. Other signs can include generalized facial pain, jaw pain, and tooth pain. If your nasal passages are stuffed up and you are having a lot of facial pain then you may be experiencing this type of sinus infection, maxillary sinusitis.Headache Pain from Maxillary SinusitisCredit: http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/images/view_photog.php?photogid=371

A maxillary sinusitis infection can occur for many different reasons. Maxillary sinusitisis common in AIDS patients due to their problems with compromised immunity; however maxillary sinusitis is not a sign being HIV-positive.

Treating Maxillary Sinusitis

Maxillary sinusitis isusually treated with antihistamines and decongestants. If these two things do not clear it up then the doctor will often look for an underlying problem that caused you to have this medical condition and figure out why it will not go away. If decongestants and antihistamines do not work then there may be a deeper underlying medical condition.

If your maxillary sinusitis does not drain properly then you could constantly be afflicted with sinus infection.

Many people have found relief from this type of sinus infection by using nasal sprays, either over the counter or prescription strength. If nasal spray help to clear out the maxillary sinus then it can drain and remove the pressure. If over the counter nasal spray does not work then you should visit the doctor so she can prescribe antihistamines and decongestants. A person prescribed these medications will generally be advised to take them for around 10 days. Within that period your infection should resolve itself; however if it does not then it is imperative that you visit the doctor again so she can see if there is an underlying condition that is continually causing your maxillary sinus to become infected.

Most infections of this type will only last for a few days. If you suffer from chronic maxillary sinusitis then it is vital that you seek medical attention so they can diagnose why you are constantly suffering from this type of sinusitis. There could be an underlying condition causing it such as a cyst, polyp, or even cancer. Generally there is no reason to worry about a mild infection of the maxillary sinus, but if you constantly have your maxillary sinus infected then there could be another major medical condition behind it. In addition to any underlying problems the constant facial pressure can lead to intense migraines and other medical problems.

Maxillary sinusitis is the kind of sinus infection that often develops when a person is sick or has a cold, but if you get over your sickness yet still feel stuffy and some facial pressure then a doctor can prescribe some medication to help your body overcome this faster.

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