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Your Pain When Tapping on the Sinuses May Also be Known as:
Hurts to tap on the cheeks
Hurts to tap on the sinuses
Sinus pain worse when tapping on them
Sinus percussive tenderness
Tapping on the cheeks causes pain

Top 2 Pain When Tapping on the Sinuses Causes

  1. 1.Acute Bacterial Sinusitis

    Acute bacterial sinusitis occurs when the sinuses become infected and, in turn, inflamed, which causes pain and other symptoms. The sinuses are air-filled cavities in the face that are generally clean and empty but when sick collect excess mucus and can become infected.

    You should visit a physician or urgent care facility in the next day or two. It’s likely your sinus infection is caused by a bacterial infection, which requires treatment with antibiotics. In the mean time, ibuprofen or acetaminophen can be taken to help with pain & fever.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, headache, cough, muscle aches, sore throat
    Symptoms that always occur with acute bacterial sinusitis:
    sinusitis symptoms
    Symptoms that never occur with acute bacterial sinusitis:
    clear runny nose, being severely ill
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  2. 2.Acute Viral Sinusitis

    Sinusitis is an inflammation of the sinus spaces behind the nose and cheeks. These spaces produce mucus, which drains into the nose. If the nose is swollen or if the mucus does not drain, this can block the sinuses and cause pain or infection.

    You can treat your symptoms at home using ibuprofen (for pain) and Tylenol (for a fever). Antibiotics for this diagnosis are not helpful because this is likely a viral infection.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    headache, cough, sore throat, sinusitis symptoms, muscle aches
    Symptoms that always occur with acute viral sinusitis:
    sinusitis symptoms
    Symptoms that never occur with acute viral sinusitis:
    being severely ill
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Pain When Tapping on the Sinuses

  • Q.Is your facial pain constant or come-and-go?
  • Q.How long has your facial pain been going on?
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Are you experiencing a headache?

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions, check our pain when tapping on the sinuses symptom checker.

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Pain When Tapping on the Sinuses Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced pain when tapping on the sinuses have also experienced:

    • 6% Fatigue
    • 5% Cough
    • 4% Headache in the Forehead
  • People who have experienced pain when tapping on the sinuses had symptoms persist for:

    • 40% Less Than a Week
    • 33% Less Than a Day
    • 13% Over a Month
  • People who have experienced pain when tapping on the sinuses were most often matched with:

    • 39% Acute Bacterial Sinusitis
    • 35% Acute Viral Sinusitis

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