From coughing all night because of the continuous, thick postnasal drip running down the back of your throat to a throbbing earache because of trapped fluid to the excruciating pain of pounding headaches to chronic hoarseness from clearing your throat repeatedly, sinus discomfort is all too familiar to millions.
Besides suffering from headache pain and pressure, postnasal drip, and congestion, people experience other problem with sinus disease. You may achiness and fatigue, fever, ear pain, or a throat so swollen that eating or breathing is difficult. Or your teeth may hurt, making you think you have dental problems but you have sinusitis.
A thirty seven years old patient went to two different dentists seekings relief for throbbing upper molars. “About three of my molars started hurting after I got over a horrible head cold,” he said. “At first it was a dull ache, but after a few days, my whole jaw was throbbing, my head was pounding, and i had a fever.”
After agreeing that his teeth wer perfectly healthy, the second dentist referred him to an ear, and throat doctor ENT. The ENT diagnosed him with an acute sinus infection and started him on antibiotics and a decongestant.
Fortunately for him, the dentist referred him to the specialist, and he got an accurate diagnosis and treatment, within a week his pain has subsided. Sadly in some situations, people go for months thinking they hava a “bad tooth” or “tension or migraine” headaches, when, in fact, they are suffering from sinusitis.
It can also happen the other way around: an infected upper tooth can sometimes lead to a sinus infection.