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2 Potential Pain When Tapping on the Sinuses Causes

Disclaimer: The article does not replace an evaluation by a physician. Information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.

  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 they're sick collect excess mucus and can become infected. When your symptoms are persisting for 10 days or more or are getting worse over time, it's more likely that you'll have a bacterial infection as compared to a viral infection.

    7-15 days

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, headache, cough, sinusitis symptoms, muscle aches
    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.

    Symptoms should subside within 7-10 days

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    headache, cough, sinusitis symptoms, sore throat, congestion
    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.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Are you experiencing a headache?
  • Q.Do you have a sore throat?
  • Q.Do you have a runny nose?

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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:

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

    • 38% Less Than a Week
    • 37% Less Than a Day
    • 12% Over a Month
  • People who have experienced pain when tapping on the sinuses were most often matched with:

    • 41% Acute Bacterial Sinusitis
    • 34% Acute Viral Sinusitis
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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