Maxillary Sinus: The Usual Entry Point Of Infection

Maxillary sinus can be found below the eyes, on the cheekbone. More often than not, infection can be developed in this area.

sinusitis-maxillary The most common symptoms is migraine, pain on the upper part of the teeth and pounding pressure below the eyes.

Other symptom includes redness of the eyes and some parts of the cheekbone, chills, fever and change in vision. The infection can also affect your chewing because this type of sinusitis has connections to the teeth. It would be hard to chew because the pain can affect the upper part of the teeth.

Different Types of Maxillary Sinusitis

There are two types of maxillary infection. The first type is acute sinusitis. This can be treated easily because clinical symptoms such as pain in the cheek or maxillary teeth are obvious and can easily be resolved with antibacterial medicines.

On the other hand, chronic  sinusitis is harder to treat because the clinical symptoms are sometimes not present. During this time, polyps are forming in the  sinus.

Chronic maxillary surgery can be the best treatment in this case because of the presence of polyps. Polyps are grape-lie swollen lining of the sinus that blocks the air passage.

The patient can only get rid of it through surgery. During the surgery, the patient should be totally unconscious because of the sensitivity of the process.

The polyps are going to be taken manually by the maxillary sinus drainage that is the nose. They are not going to do some cutting. The doctors will use a small tool to be inserted in the nose; to take the polyps out without causing any damage to the form or structure of the nose.

This process is a bit complicated, but the patient is not going to feel any pain because he is going to be given general aesthetic, which will make him sleep.

Your epithelium will also degenerate when a person has Chronic maxillary infection. He has to be careful and treat uncomplicated upper respiratory tract infections as soon as possible because if not taken cared of, it will possibly become chronic.

Even colds and cough if not treated immediately will have the tendency to turn into chronic sinusitis. Preventing these classic diseases is one of the most effective way to eliminate future expenses that can be caused by a more serious illness.

The Maxillary Sinus Cyst

Another maxillary  disease is sinus cyst. Cysts are tissues which has grown abnormally in the maxillary sinus. They may appear like closed pockets filled with liquid or semisolid materials.

Cysts are not harmful unless they generate themselves and cause interference on the growth of other tissues surrounding them. They can be caused by infections or inflammatory reactions.

A person will not know that he has cysts unless it has already caused irritation or pain. He can also consult a doctor in order for him to know if he has one because cysts located deep in the body cannot be detected easily.

What is Bilateral Sinus Disease?

Bilateral maxillary sinus disease is a condition when both sides of the maxillary are painful. If infection has affected both sides a person can determine that with the pain he feels.

Usually infections occur on either side of the maxillary sinus. Most often than not, when the infection will not be treated immediately, it will spread and affect all parts of sinuses. Now imagine having the same sinuses affected.

sdOf course, it would be more painful. The most common way to ease an ailing sinus is to relax and lie down. Drinking water can also be an excellent way to eliminate pain.

If the pain becomes so intense and the patient can no longer tolerate it, he has to consider taking medications.

  • All in all, maxillary sinusitis treatment, can be done with the use of decongestants and mucus clearing drugs such as mucolytic, antihistamine and antibiotics.
  • The patient has to consult a doctor before taking any drugs to make sure that he is not allergic to the medicine.

Sometimes, sinusitis can be accompanied by viral cold infections. In this case, antibiotic becomes ineffective. The best thing to do in this situation is to ask the doctor for another drug to combat both the sinus infection and cold infection. Some people are also allergic to antibiotics and other drugs. So it is advisable to visit a physician.

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      • Can this cause ringing in one of your ears, as well as hearing problems,,been seeing ents,,they all seem confussed as ct scan showed I had bilateral maxillary sinus diease,,,only symptom I have is one ear consyant ringing,,sound of rushing air flow,,n loss of hearing,,pls if ANYONE van help

          • Hi

            I have one syst in Maxillary
            I have Dizziness, ear ringing, headache , Nausea and pain on teeth for more than 6 months now :

            I was in contact with many doctors here in sweden and they saied that its normal !!
            I got these symptome after sinus inflammation. please let me know mor info and if you got better after removing it.


        • hello m8. i guess what you have could be a type of TMD also.
          A TMD (Temporomandibular Dysfuntion) is actually a disease related to the jaw bone. Any kind of facial/jaw related bones are usually referred to as TMJ (Temporomandibular joint). To check to see if this could be your problem, try and see if you have any of these symptoms recently or since a long time :

          1)Pain or tenderness in your face, jaw joint area, neck and
          shoulders, and in or around the ear when you chew, speak, or
          open your mouth wide
          2)Problems when you try to open your mouth wide
          Jaws that get “stuck” or “lock” in the open- or closed-mouth
          3)Clicking, popping, or grating sounds in the jaw joint when you
          open or close your mouth or chew. This may or may not be
          4)A tired feeling in your face
          Trouble chewing or a sudden uncomfortable bite — as if the
          upper and lower teeth are not fitting together properly
          5)Swelling on the side of your face
          6)You may also have toothaches, headaches, neck aches,
          dizziness, earaches, hearing problems, upper shoulder pain,
          and ringing in the ears (tinnitus).

          I’ve had the clicking sound , and also the ringing ear problem.
          But I was also diagnosed with Right Maxillary Sinusitis later.

          I’d suggest you check with your physician immediately for if you had TMD, it won’t be that serious a case. But if it happens to be Sinusitis, it could spread and become worse.

          I really hope you become well soon and wish you all the best .
          Good luck with it bro !

  1. What should we do to know that we are infected an acute or chronic?
    Most of time I have my nose was full of mucus even I wasn’t infected by flu (get cold) and my cheek sometimes feel the pain. Every morning (about 3-4 a.m) I always get my mucus comes down, but when it’s 7 a.m above, my nose get normal again. Is that rhinitis or sinusitis?


  2. I am having temporal pain since 10 years or more. 1st it started in left temple when I was 13 years old. At that time my left eye vision was slightly weak.I did nt use specs. Gradually I noticed that left eye is having problems like ptosis,slight hypertopia, and under eye hollowness. With time I developed pain in right temple also, n the same conditions start occuring in right eye also. I failed to understand that is there a problem in the eye which is causing temporal pain or is there a problem in the temporal region which is deteriorating the eye?
    MRI result revealed that I have “Bilateral Muscus Retention Maxillary Sinus Cysts”, which is larger on left side. Moreover the opthalmologist told that I am amblyopic.
    Now please tell me is it amblyopia which is causing temple pain and deteriorating the eye?
    Or maxillary sinus cysts are the cause of all this?
    Or the three issues dont have any link altogether, n these r 3 different issues???
    Please reply. i am quite worried. And this pain is very disturbing. Help me out! Please!

    • I feel sorry for you. i do not really know how to answer your questions. but i’ll try. from what i know amblyopia, which is also known as lazy eyes is a childhood disease. this means u might actually had it long time ago. but for sure it would affect your vision, but not your sinuses. i know i’m not much of help. but please.. go seek treatment fast (ASAP)!!

  3. About a month back I had cold which eventually become sinusitis (Maxillary). I am taking antibiotics prescribed by a physician and the sputum seems to reduced more. My problem here is that about 1.5 cm above, from the base of the right nose where the nose and cheek meets, I feel like there is a small lump, especially when I try to swallow hard making the drain comes to throat. The particular drain point is paining and irritating too. Kindly advise.

  4. I was told I have a maxillary sinus infection, but it feels like the worse tooth ache ever, my dintist said all is fine, but I was thinking it is a tooth with a cap on it, help

  5. Hazel, I am experiencing the same thing! Hopefully someone has answers. I recently had a tooth crown and it’s been happening ever since! Very painful!

    • Yr i m suffering from Maxillary sinus , and i want to drink chilled water, and ice creams during summers what to doo ,, plzzzzz some one helpme

  6. I have been diagnosed with bilateral maxillary sinus disease. My sinuses are clogged every night, end up breathing through my mouth, walking up with dry mouth. Sometimes I must get up because of a head ache in the back of my neck. I also have had tooth pain in the motors, when I clear my nose it’s yellowish,with a nasty taste. Taking sinus pills and sprays. With only limited relief. This is respective have also been on antibiotics off and on,what else?

  7. I am suffering from bilateral maxillary sinusitis & also bilateral shinitis is seen in my reports….what medic should one take or qhat treatment should I go through

  8. I am facing a problem of Right maxillary Sinusitis about 2 years. i have have taken advice of Doctor and he refer me 7 days antibiotic and use steamer.After then also i am not feeling well. Please help me what should i do?

  9. In March 2014, I was hospitalised due to dengue fever.. at that time, I was having constant headache in both temples and even after discharge from hospital, I continued to have pain which was not responding to any normal paracetamol, but when taken with a decongestant, my headache was coming down.. the doctor did a CT scan of my sinus before discharging me, and told me I have polyp under left cheek and suggested me to meet an ENT. I was not having any symptoms such as blocked nose or anything, but the headache was persistent. After being discharged from hospital, I did not visit ENT doctor for next few months until one day when I had soar throat and severe headache. ENT doc examined my CT scan and also asked me to get x-ray of skull done. He then confirmed it is nasal polyp and will have to be surgically removed. I asked if my headache is related to polyp, to which he mentioned that it can’t be said for sure.. but polyp surely has to be removed. I decided to undergo surgery, and was given general anesthesia and surgery was done. After that, it took me a month to recover from pain in nasal bridge and I had to take heavy doses of anti-biotics, anti-inflammatories and steroids. Since then, I feel my life has changed as every now and then I get cold and lot of discharge from my nose. I also have to apply lot of pressure to bring the mucus out of nose. And now my right side cheek-bone (not the same which was operated) gets puffy every now and then just beneath my eye and I also feel pain in my upper teeth lining just beneath my cheek bone. Now my headache is not constant, but it appears every now and then whenever I have puffiness under eyes. I read a lot of articles on net and figured polyps should not be surgically removed unless they are causing problems in breathing. I had no such problem, and feel that the ENT doctor unnecessarily did surgery and hence has given me many other problems.

    Please advise what can I do to permanently cure my problem?

  10. My cousin, a dentist, found nothing, which I expected, He suggested an endodontist. I went to a chiropractor instead, who jas a good reputation. After asking numerous questions about recent activity we decided I had inhaled mold spores from cutting concrete covered with mold. He prescribed molybdnum twice a day and drained a gland in my jaw using pressure. Two days later I had a maxillary molar with extreme sensitivity. A day later the pain had reduced by 60% or more and I was able to chew. Also the associated neck pain at the base of my skull is nearly gone. In general, all symptoms are improving after 5 days. I have reduced advil use and hoping the homeopathic treatment continues to work.

  11. I bin suffering from headache for the past 6years..and its not on and off.the headache remains continually. So I wil having headache all the totaly an airport staff..i feel to quit my job also.some Dr wil say am having mygarin.but some will say sinus.scan report shows maxilary sinus.and my nose is a bit deviated to lef side.if I leen,brush my teeth and if bite headche wil get worst.and presure around eye.the thing am having the pain all days.I have seen many famous Dr. But nobody reduced my i feel its better to die.somebody help me wit this pain.

  12. Hi….I am having sinus from last 10-12 years and during these time i have experienced all kind of sinus.But now i am feeling very depressing and i am always worried about my condition.I am having pain in my cheeks,around my eyes,in centre of my head.please tell me how can i be permanently cured from this sinusitis and is this life threatening…..please help

  13. CAn you also feel dizziness when you’re having maxillary right sinusitis? Can u also vision disturbances when you have it? And everytime I puffed out my nose to discharge it always affect my sense of hearing? ANd my headache does not stop for 3 weeks now. ANy answer pls.?

  14. Had facial pain when exposed to air conditioning. After applying pressure on maxillary sinuses, I felt pain. Doctor put me on Augmentin since duration of pain was more than 2 weeks.

    Had Laser and Antral Washout some years ago. Sounds like my immune is down

  15. Yr suffering from maxilary sinus , and dieing to eat ice creams and want to drink chilled water in this hot day , what to do Pleasee Plzzz tell me, somwone help m e

  16. Right eye has busted blood vessels. Eye dr said it was vascular it wasn’t getting blood flow. Was sent by MD for MRI. Have headaches have lost perifial vision. MRI report says right maxillary sinus polyp cyst and left sphenoid sinus. No one is telling us what our next step should be.

  17. i keep getting diagnosed as having a dental abscess when the left side of my nose swells up horribly, but, i dont believe thats it. nobody listens to me. the inside of my left nostril is swollen to the point i can barely breathe. they tell me its just allergies…. its way painful but i cant seem to communicate the burning and pain without them insisting its just allergies… is it?

  18. Very helpful explanation of maxillary sinusitus issues. It can hurt so bad it feels like both migraine and tooth infection.

  19. I am having bilateral maxillary sinuses, I want to know whether by this sinuses it will effect to my life(eg., it causes to death)

  20. During an MRI of my head and neck, I was told I had a maxillary sinus cyst. I have also been diagnosed with 6th cranial nerve palsy. Now I have developed these nodules inside my nose near the tip that hurt. Could the 6th nerve palsy have been caused by the cyst? Or an infection that spread? I’ve had both for over 3 yrs with experts no able to provide answer for my vision problem. Just told the cyst is harmless. This was before the nodules appeared.


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