Thursday, October 18, 2012

Four diseases causing facial pressure

Four diseases causing facial pressure

Face-pressure, a feeling of fullness in the face, is one of the common sinus and nasal symptoms. Facial pressure, a source of discomfort, is different from head and facial pain. The pressure is generally localized to the affected area. For instance, infraorbital facial pressure is one of the major signs of maxillary sinusitis. Chronic ethmoid sinusitis patients may also experience the pressure. The pressure is a diagnostic symptom of acute sinusitis. In classic case of acute sinusitis, the pressure may be unilateral and worsen with bending down.

Chronic sinusitis patients may also complain about the pressure. Facial pressure secondary to sinusitis generally occurs with nasal blockage or congestion. Inefficient mucus drainage creates the pressure. Nasal polyposis may also result in a feeling of fullness in the face.
An anti-inflammatory treatment will relieve face-pressure. Steam and warm compresses may also relieve the pressure. Some times sinus surgery is required, but the surgery may affect sense smell whose recovery may take long.
Inverted papilloma
A benign tumor, inverted papilloma, is a common ailment of the paranasal sinuses and nasal cavity. The tumor arises from the cavity and slowly enters into the sinuses, and sometimes nasopharynx is also affected. The symptoms include facial pain and pressure, headache, hearing loss, nasal obstruction and rhinorrhea.
Chinese restaurant syndrome
  1. The Chinese restaurant syndrome (C.R.S.), a benign medical condition, is ascribed to excessive use of monosodium glutamate (M.S.G.). The glutamate is a common ingredient of the Chinese food items. The symptoms of C.R.S. includes
  • Face-pressure,
  • headache,
  • cramps in abdomen
  • dizziness
  • burning sensation over face, legs and arms, and
  • shortness of breath.

  1. C.R.S. is also called sensitivity to M.S.G. Glutamic acid’s sodium salt is called M.S.G.  The salt enhances food flavor. However, its consumption causes several ailments and symptoms, such as facial pressure, sudden change in mood, pain in chest, diarrhea, nausea and migraine. During migraine, the trigeminal nerve that passes signals of the pain between the brain and face may build pressure in the face and lead to congestion.
About one-third people having Chinese food get the C.R.S. symptoms. So, be extra careful if you love Chinese food!
Allergies and asthma
Allergies and asthma can also cause pressure in the face, resulting in discomfort. For instance, in case of severe dust mite allergy accompanied by mild asthma, the patients experiences congestion and facial pressure, sneezes and wheezes persistently.

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