Your sinuses are the air chambers behind your cheekbones, forehead, and around and behind your nose. They contain mucus. Tiny hairs called cilia sweep mucus out of your sinuses so it can drain out of your nose. When your sinus lining becomes inflamed, it’s called sinusitis.
Symptoms of sinusitis include pain or pressure on the forehead and around your cheeks and nose. Jaw and tooth pain can also be symptoms. A recent cold, or nasal allergies that don’t go away, can raise your risk of sinusitis. So can using nasal sprays too much, swimming, diving, or smoking.