When the (sinus) pressure is too much

It’s that painful pressure in your face and head, along with headache, nasal congestion and just plain misery. Sinus pain and the common cold are related, but when the sinus pressure is too much and you suspect a sinus infection, here’s what you can do to ease the pressure.

What causes sinus infections?

Sinuses are cavities or spaces that link your nose and throat. When these become inflamed or irritated, the result is a sinus infection, also called sinusitis. Acute sinusitis is triggered by a cold and may be bacterial or viral. Chronic sinusitis may start with a cold and then stick around due to stress, smoking, allergies or toxins in the air.

Facial illustration of sinus locations
Sinuses are shown here in orange.

Get to know the symptoms

This short quiz will help you identify symptoms and learn what they mean.