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Other Conditions With Symptoms Similar to Sinusitis

Facial pain and pressure seen in sinusitis could be caused by many other conditions. Other possible causes of these types of symptoms include:

  • Colds that affect the nose (upper respiratory infections).
  • Allergies.
  • Noncancerous (benign) growths in the nose (nasal polyps).
  • Tension, cluster, migraine, or other types of headaches.
  • Tooth grinding or temporomandibular (TM) disorder.
  • Toothache.
  • Cancer in the nasal cavity or sinus (rare).
  • A sudden, stabbing pain in the face that occurs at irregular intervals (trigeminal neuralgia or tic douloureux).
By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Donald R. Mintz, MD - Otolaryngology
Last Revised August 3, 2010

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: August 03, 2010
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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