You’re dealing with the headache, runny nose and decongestion of a sinus infection – and then, it hits. A toothache, too? As disappointing as it might be, the two health problems can be related, but a few simple remedies can help you get back to normal.
When your sinuses get inflamed and start to swell, as they do with sinus infections, you can feel pressure in a number of places: your head, your eye area, your nasal cavity and, yes, around your upper teeth. Check with your dentist if you notice pain in your teeth or your jaw area, but some patients who develop sinusitis note mild to intense toothaches as symptoms. Typically, sinus-related tooth pain will change when you stand up, lie down or make any quick movements.
If you notice tooth pain tagging along with your sinusitis, consider these treatment options:
- Using a doctor-approved nasal spray
- Taking decongestants or antibiotics
- Turning on a humidifier to moisten the air in your home
These herbal remedies have also found favor with some patients:
- Licorice. If taken in 150-milligram doses twice daily, when recommended by a doctor, the “sweet root” powder can help regulate mucus secretions and control sinus pressure.
- Eucalyptus oil. Boil six cups of water for two minutes, and then place the water in a heat-safe bowl. Add about 15 drops of eucalyptus oil to the water. With a towel draped over your head, lean over the bowl, being sure not to get too close to the hot water. Breathe in and out normally for five minutes; then, remove the towel and empty the water.
If you’re dealing with any ache or pain from sinusitis, then give us a call anytime. We’ll help work out a customized treatment plan and help you return to healthy as soon as possible.