What Is Acute Frontal
sinuses are a pair of small, air-filled cavities located just behind your eyes
in the brow region. Along with three other pairs of paranasal sinuses, these
cavities produce a thin mucus that drains through your nasal passages. Excess
mucus production or inflammation of the frontal sinuses can prevent this mucus from
draining properly, resulting in a condition called acute frontal sinusitis.
What Causes Acute Frontal
cause of acute frontal sinusitis is mucus buildup due to sinus inflammation. Several
factors may influence the amount of mucus being produced and your frontal
sinus’ ability to drain the mucus:
cold virus is the most frequent cause of acute frontal sinusitis. When you have
a cold or flu virus, it increases the amount of mucus your sinuses produce.
That makes them more likely to clog and become inflamed.
cavity is filled with tiny hairs called cilia that help block organisms from
entering the sinuses. These cilia aren’t 100 percent effective. Bacteria can
still enter your nose and travel to the sinus cavities. A bacterial infection in
the sinuses will often follow a viral infection, since it’s easier for bacteria
to grow in the mucus-rich environment caused by a viral infection such as the
common cold. Bacterial infections usually cause the most severe symptoms of
abnormal growths in your body. Polyps in the frontal sinuses may block the
sinuses from filtering air and increase the amount of mucus buildup.
Deviated Nasal Septum
have a deviated nasal septum can’t breathe equally through both sides of their
nose. A lack of proper air circulation can cause inflammation if the tissues of
the frontal sinuses become compromised.
Who Is at Risk for Acute
for acute frontal sinusitis include:
differences in the sinus cavities that impact drainage ability
What Are the Symptoms of
Acute Frontal Sinusitis?
Facial pain around
your eyes or forehead is the most common symptom of acute frontal sinusitis.
Other symptoms may vary in severity depending on the type of inflammation or
infection. They include:
of pressure behind the eyes
that gets worse during the night
mild or high fever
or sour breath
have all of the above symptoms, as well as the following:
cold that worsens
that is unusual in color
Diagnosing Acute Frontal
will ask you about your symptoms and their duration to distinguish between a
common cold and acute frontal sinusitis. Your doctor may lightly tap on your
frontal sinuses to assess pain and tenderness.
You may also
be referred to an ear, nose, and throat doctor (ENT). This specialist will
check your nasal cavity for signs of polyps and inflammation. They may also
take samples of your mucus to look for infection.
Other tests your
doctor may use to diagnose acute frontal sinusitis include:
endoscopy to look inside your sinus and nasal cavities
tests with a CT scan or MRI
tests for other possible causes of sinusitis
Treating Acute Frontal
treatment depends on whether your sinusitis is caused by bacteria, polyps, or
some other factor.
cases of acute frontal sinusitis are caused by a viral infection, your doctor
may recommend taking a nasal spray or decongestant to assist with mucus
drainage and relieve pressure in the frontal sinuses.
You may also
be advised to take an over-the-counter pain reliever to treat the symptoms caused
by acute frontal sinusitis. However, children shouldn’t be given aspirin. It
can cause a deadly condition known as Reye’s syndrome.
symptoms don’t improve within seven to 10 days, the cause of your sinusitis may
be bacterial. Your doctor will likely prescribe you antibiotics to treat a
be used to repair a deviated septum causing acute frontal sinusitis.
What Is to Be Expected in
the Long Term?
sinusitis symptoms begin to disappear within a few days of treatment. However,
you should always take all prescribed medications as instructed. It may take
several weeks before the problem completely clears.
persist for 12 weeks or longer, it’s known as chronic frontal sinusitis.
Chronic sinusitis can be more difficult to treat with medicine and often
requires surgery to improve sinus drainage.
Preventing Acute Frontal
You can help
prevent problems in your sinuses by practicing good hygiene to avoid infection.
You should wash your hands before eating and after using the bathroom. Make
sure to wash your hands before touching your face. Avoiding allergens such as
tobacco smoke can also prevent infection and mucus buildup.
of water and eat healthy foods to keep your immune system strong and
functioning properly. Staying hydrated can also help your mucus drain.