Sore Throat, Jaw Pain, and Other Signs of Sinusitis
Your throat is sore. You have an ache in your jaw. You don’t feel like you have a cold…so what could possibly be causing your sore throat and jaw pain?
If you’re experiencing sore throat and jaw pain along with other symptoms, you could have sinusitis.
Sinusitis is an infection of the air-filled spaces that are located within the bones in and around the nose. Normally your sinuses are filled with air, but when they become blocked and filled with fluid, bacteria and viruses can grow and cause an infection.
Why Sinusitis Causes Sore Throat and Jaw Pain
A sore throat is not uncommon with sinusitis. If your infection lasts for a few weeks, the mucus from post-nasal drip can irritate your throat, causing it to feel sore. Inflammation and swelling in the sinuses can cause sinus pressure and pain. This pain could be in your forehead, on either side of your nose, your upper jaws and teeth, or between your eyes.
Sore throat and jaw pain are common symptoms of sinusitis, but they aren’t the only ones. Sinusitis also causes other symptoms, like:
- Facial pain or pressure around the sinuses
- Watering eyes
- Nasal congestion
- Post-nasal drip
What Can You Do?
If sinusitis isn’t causing your sore throat and jaw pain, there are few other possible reasons, including TMJ and Tetanus. Of course, there is only one way to know for sure, and that is to visit your local FastMed Urgent Care and be seen by one of our medical professionals.
Once a FastMed medical professional determines the cause of your sore throat and jaw pain, he or she will be able to provide you with a proper treatment plan that will have you feeling better, fast!